President not in ‘panic mode’ – Malacañang

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd will address the nation today to defend the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) but it does not mean that he is panicking, Malacanang said on Sunday.

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“There is no panic. The President is very calm and the members of the Cabinet and the administration continue to perform their duties,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Sunday.

He stressed that Aquino is not in a “panic mode” and that he will “calmly” defend the administration in his speech.

According to Coloma, the President will appear on national television to discuss the DAP.

In an interview over radio station dzRB, he said the President’s speech will dwell on the issues hounding the DAP in relation to a recent Supreme Court ruling which, Coloma noted, is only part of democratic processes.

“There are existing procedures on how we can achieve clarity on the ruling,” the Palace official said.

“The determination of the government to serve the people and for the President to fulfill his social contract with the Filipino people remains solid,” Coloma added.

According to him, the High Court’s decision declaring the DAP unconstitutional and the public outcry against the program can be explained so that the people could understand it.

“[The President] is unfazed,” he said.

Aquino decided to go public on the DAP issue over the weekend after he rejected Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s resignation. Abad on Saturday said he submitted his resignation letter because he had to take responsibility for his role in the development and implementation of the disbursement program.

In denying the Budget chief’s quit bid, Aquino explained that he could not accept the notion that what they did was wrong.

According to Coloma, Malacañang has directed various agencies to come up with a comprehensive report on their DAP disbursements. Once completed, it will be made public.

“This is what we do at present: We ask from various departments and agencies their updated status report on how they spent these funds [from the DAP]. To know what were completely spent, completed and if there are still ongoing ones,” he said.

Coloma added that the government can still file a motion for reconsideration at the Supreme Court.

“That’s what we are waiting for. Once we have completed the report, we will submit to the public all these projects involved in the DAP issue,” he said.

“This will be done in the soonest possible time,” Coloma added.

He, however, clarified that there is no timetable for the agencies to finish their reports.

“It’s better to just wait . . . The President still abides by the principle that the people are his boss. Because we serve the people, the government has the right to explain its program. They should understand why these programs are being undertaken and [the government wishes to]clarify the issues to avoid confusion,” Coloma explained.

He said President Aquino believes that “a well-informed citizenry will be able to make well-informed decisions that will affect themselves and the future of the country.”

“We should give the people enough information so they can fully understand the reasons why the government does these things,” Coloma added.

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  1. Of course, PNOY IS NOT in a “panic mode” because he can’t explain how he dipped his fingers into the taxpayer’s money. P. Lorenzo used the word “pathetict” twice in his commentaries herein. His spelling his downright wrong. The correct spelling is – PATHETIC (adjective) without “t”. Of my goodness, we have a mediocre President and critiqued by a mediocre commentator. What is happening to this country now>

    • I did not see the other “t’. But I agree describing PNoy with that word. A man who doesn’t listen to reason is really pathetic.

  2. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    Sure, this hustler administration is not panicking as of now. Why? there were
    billions that were disbursed in the DAP that they cannot explain. With these
    huge taxpayers money, they will be comfortable for the rest of their lives.

  3. Yes I agree with Sec Coloma!!! a person who has his own WORLD, “so to
    speak” and not on the normal mode is always calm and never bother
    by outside world. He may even climb electric tower without fear and
    does not see the world around him. “Forgive him for he does not know
    what he is doing.” Lets just pray for the Millions of Pilipinos whos’ faith
    is in unknown world of his.

  4. Lord Chimera on

    It’s a good guess that BSA won’t be doing a defense but a muddying of the issue. Care to bet he’s gonna blame GMA…again?

  5. Thank you Mr. Coloma.. but by “enough information so they [people] can fully understand the reasons” do you mean to include CAP or Conviction Assurance Program? Just asking..

  6. HINDI NA DAPAT MAGPALIWANAG SI DAPnoy sa mga binuBOSS-ABOSS NYA KUNG DI NYA NILABAG ANG SALIGAN BATAS, HINDI BA ITO PANIC ATTACK ATTY. GIGI? IKAW GIGI ANG MERON EXPERIUECE NG PANIC ATTACK AT BAKA KASI MADALA DIN SILA DAPnoy AT DAP-A-BAD SA HEART CENTER. DI BA BAYAN?
    MAGPALIWANAG KAYO ” KING at BRAIN NG PORKDAP ” PARA DI KAYO MA HEART ATTACK, DI BA BAYAN?

  7. President Aquino is an honest President walang kaba,ang may kaba ay yong mga mandarambong.test

  8. Samuel Santos on

    PNoy is like a man who’s drowning. He’ll grab and take hold of anything to save his skin.

  9. These Corrupt Politicians Cannot corrupt(hindi na sila makapagnakaw),magnakaw ng pera ng bayan, while you are the President that is why they want you out,naghihirap na sila,only source of income is corruption like the Tres Bandidos,who are now a guest at Camp Crame Holiday Inn.Give them hell President Aquino on your speech,dont let these crooks grind you down.You are an honest President,majority of the pilipino people support you.Mabuhay President Aquino,6 more years.Mabuhay ang PILIPINAS,down with the Crooks,may they rot in jail,so PHILIPPINES will progress forever,LETS HELP PRESIDENT ACHIEVE THIS.Let us be part of the solution not the problem.

  10. Kahit song naka Prozac at valium, talagang calm!

    Coloma, how can you sleep at night? You should be defending the oppressed, not the oppressor. Kasama ka sa oppressed, alam mo? Because even if Malacanang pays you a lot to cover their evil deeds with your flowery tongue (flower as in chicharon bulaklak ng baboy), you and your clan are still taxpayers. And as taxpayers, you are also victims of this grandscale thievery. And if you help those hoodlooms who are graduates of an elitist school get away with their crime, you are punishing your own children and their children, and their children’s children. You are not helping eradicate this rotten, graft ridden and corrupt system. I hope you will start thinking. Instead of wracking your brain, spinning lies upon lies, why don’t you train your mind to think of godly things and submit to your conscience, this once!

  11. Willing to bet that PNoy, the King of Scoundrels will say that the Supreme Court is wrong in their decision that what he has done and continue doing is unconstitutional.