SC says it rejected DAP offer

Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad holds a copy of the DAP as he faces questioning during a hearing conducted by the Senate finance committee on Thursday. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad holds a copy of the DAP as he faces questioning during a hearing conducted by the Senate finance committee on Thursday. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday denied receiving any fund under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), noting that it turned down an offer from Malacañang to provide P100 million of pooled savings early this year.

The tribunal issued a resolution on March 5, 2013 approving the transfer of a P100-million budget that was included in the Department of Justice-Justice System Infrastructure Program (DOJ-JUSIP) for the construction of the Malabon Hall of Justice but it was not acted upon by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

On December 23, 2013, Justice Presbitero Velasco ordered the withdrawal of the request.

But on January 10, 2014, Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad informed the High Court that its request for extension of the validity of the P100-million appropriation for another year has been denied.

He, however, told the court of the availability of a portion of the pooled savings to augment the judiciary’s capital outlay.

Abad said the fund has been processed for release to the judiciary.
But the SC rejected the offer upon Velasco’s recommendation.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday accused the High Court of transferring funds to the DOJ similar to what was done under the DAP, which the tribunal said was illegal.

In its July 1 DAP ruling, the tribunal ruled that apart from barring cross-border transfer of funds from one branch of government to another, the Constitution also prohibits the “withdrawal of unobligated allotments from the implementing agencies, and the declaration of the withdrawn unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations as savings prior to the end of the fiscal year and without complying with the statutory definition of savings contained in the General Appropriations Acts.”


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  1. Samuel Santos on

    Now, who’s telling the truth – Malacanang or the Supreme Court? We ought to be told the truth . . . and, nothing but the truth.

  2. nelson z. valles on

    hayop na mga tao ito. could not even get their facts straight. denied or rejected bottom line is it did not happen to say otherwise by the president he was just unbelievably misled again by his advisers..

    and what is the point of this whole accusations the country is faced with many more important issues day in day out that calls for immediate attention/resolution. stop this nonsense. you have 2 more years (or less) to put your attention where it should be you owe it to every single filipino people who put their trust on you (whether you deserve or not) whoever orchestrated the last minute picos manipulation back then..
    but that is history and cannot be undone. but today and tomorrow we can still change the history and lets not waste another minute of it over this stupidities.

    reshuffle your cabinet members. if i were you i will call for a snap election to once and for all leave it up to the filipino people to decide. but i guess too late you are already too deep into it?

  3. That was a bright decision made by SC Justce Velasco rejecting Abad;s offer, otherwise if SC accepted it then this administration will make the SC a hostage .

    • It’s a hook, a bait to put them (SC) into the hot water where they are. They (Abad Allied Forces) knew even before that some of the DAP parts is unconstitutional.

  4. Reminds me what Davao Mayor Duterte just said in his statement today that the country does not need government workers who talk to much, but does not walk the talk. We need men and women government workers who work hard. And may I include, government workers to work smart and honest. Again, King PNoy is displaying his ignorance about the country he is supposed to lead. PNoy just keeps on talking without sense anymore.


    Contrary to what this liar president is claiming, the Supreme Court had in fact
    turned down malacanangs offer of P100M from the pooled savings. Another
    BIG LIE from this liar president to misled the people. The problem with this
    president is he continuesly lies to the filipino. It seems that he does not even
    think of what he is saying. This problem arises when we have an incompetent
    president. LIAR LIAR.