Monday night saw the arrogance of the President during a live telecast of his speech defending his infamous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
PNoy questioned the decision of the Supreme Court and hinted this could create a conflict, or even a crisis, between the executive and judicial branches of the government.
The Court earlier voted 13-0 declaring the administration’s DAP, which was invented by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, illegal.
Instead, of just keeping his mouth shut and ordering his legal team to file a motion for reconsideration before the High Court at once, President Aquino opted to go on air still trying to convince the public that he and Abad were right on DAP and the magistrates of the highest court of the land were wrong.
However, his appearance on TV did not help at all change the mind of the majority of the people on its perception of what some quarters believe as the “pork barrel “ of the chief executive.
He reiterated that the Supreme Court’s decision illegalizing DAP was not good for the nation and the people since it runs the risk of paralyzing the country’s development.
One wonders, isn’t the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the lawmakers intended for the development of every district and region in the country?
Or perhaps, the several, if not the hundreds of billions of pesos annual budget given to each department, particularly to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA), not sufficient enough to cover these development programs?
Whether or not DAP was spent “in good faith,” it was still an act of squandering billions of pesos of hard earned people’s money by PNoy and his sidekick, Sec. Florencio Abad, said my good old barber Mang Joey Manalang.
Though the people have shown their disapproval of DAP and the Supreme Court ruled it as illegal, the President continues to insist that he and Abad were right on this wasteful and questionable spending.
I really can’t blame some people if they start to wonder if PNoy is still in his right mind or if he is just “Abnoy” since birth?