Militant groups await High Court decision on DAP

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The Supreme Court is set to tackle today petitions questioning the legality of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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Meanwhile, militant groups will troop also today to Padre Faura Street in Ermita, Manila, where the High Court is located, to express their opposition to DAP.

“The P142 billion [in DAP funds]was used as presidential ‘pork’ to bribe congressmen and senators to impeach then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Aquino and Abad [Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch” Abad] are accountable,” Bayan Muna party-list Secretary-General Renato Reyes said.

There were nine petitions against the DAP filed last year and oral arguments were held last February.

The DAP ruling was expected last week but, for unknown reasons, the SC en banc did not tackle it.

Petitioners believed that the DAP violates the exclusive power of Congress to appropriate funds, saying it is like the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, which was declared unconstitutional by the High Court last year.

The Office of the Solicitor General has a pending motion to dismiss the petitions for being moot since DAP had already been abolished by the Office of the President.

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  1. This report says “The Office of the Solicitor General has a pending motion to dismiss the petitions for being moot since DAP had already been abolished by the Office of the President.” May God continue to guide the Supreme Court justices to realize that what President Aquino has done by abolishing the DAP does not make its UNconstitutionality moot. The Solicitor General’s argument is like this: Secretary Abad and President Aquino enslaved a street kid to do all kinds of crime. Then when they were discovered Abad and Aquino killed the child and made its body disappear. Then they used their power to erase all papers to prove that the kid ever existed. Then the Solicitor General claims that there’s no use making a decision that Aquino and Abad committed slavery and murder because the child no longer exists.
    Yes, dear Justices, please declare the DAP unconstitutional t make the message that it must not be done again because it is wrong. And therefore any acts Abad and Aquino did under the DAP that they illegally created and used must be seen as wrong and even criminal.