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