High Court takes up DAP, EDCA today

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The Supreme Court (SC) is expected to deliberate today on petitions questioning the legality of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

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The justices will rule on the nine petitions filed last year against the DAP, which was the subject of a hearing in February.

Insiders said the controversial DAP petitions have been submitted for resolution, which means a decision will be made soon.

Petitioners claimed that the DAP is unconstitutional since the discretionary fund of the President violated the exclusive power of Congress to appropriate funds. They compared it to the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), which the High Court declared as unconstitutional last year.

The Office of the Solicitor General urged the SC to dismiss the petitions for being moot since DAP has been abolished.

Meanwhile, the two petitions seeking to stop the implementation of EDCA, entered into between the Philippine and US governments last month are also reportedly on the SC agenda.

The petitioners are former senators Rene Saguisag and Wigberto Tañada, and Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate. They argued that the agreement was unconstitutional since it is a basing agreement that did not have concurrence of the Senate as required by law.

Sources said the High Court will also hear the petitions of senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. The two lawmakers are seeking to stop their indictment in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Estrada and Revilla allegedly pocketed P183.79 million and P224.5 million, respectively, in kickbacks.

Revilla’s former chief of staff and co-respondent, lawyer Richard Cambe, also sought similar relief from the SC.

The tribunal has deferred action on the petitions of the senators for the issuance of a temporary restraining order that would stop the Office of the Ombudsman from filing charges against them.

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  1. Jorge O. Ordona, Jr. on

    I don’t know how these people react orwhy tbey want to abolish EDCA wherein China is now bullying everybody like, Japan, Vietnam and Philippines. If china will start oil drilling like in Scarborough Shoal, Philippines can protect or send the Chinese away? Pnoy is right to get some support from stronger friend like USA because he knew the AFP could not defend Philippines alone!!! We know that USA is also doing this for their own interest but It is like choosing between two evils, which China is more evil than USA. At least with USA as your defender, they will not get all the resources not like China, all the resources in West Philippine Sea will be taken by CHINA!!!
    ANG HIRAP KC SA MGA PINOY MAHUSAY LANG SA DALDALAN, WALA SA GAWA!!!

  2. The DAP inventors Butch A-DAP (A-Bad pala) and PeeNoy are partners in crime.

  3. this coming national election, people should / must vote wisely, even if candidates will distribute money – ( just accept it, because i know this is part of every election, but vote whoever is deserving, not members of political dynasty’s & always review or look back what the candidate has done or tract record). Another thing, it should be a political party that denounces “DAP’s , PDAF’s” – whatever you call it, because these perks attracts politicians to run for the position, reason why rich families can afford to spend millions to run for public office, becuase they will recoup it after they are already in office. I know corruption is already a deeply rooted social cancer & hard to cure, & the degree of corruption ( & how we see them now) is so enormous & the web of deception & lies the governmetn makes to cover its connections is so intricate that – i wish there should be a Supreme Being to intercede & punish all those that are guilty.