Senate slammed for inaction on DAP

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Sen. JV Ejercito is bewailing the  fact that the bill he filed calling for an  inquiry into the DAP is gathering dust at the Senate

Sen. JV Ejercito is bewailing the fact that the bill he filed calling for an inquiry into the DAP is gathering dust at the Senate

OPPOSITION lawmakers on Thursday questioned the Senate’s reluctance to investigate the use of funds released under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Senator Joseph Victor (JV) Ejercito bewailed the Senate leadership’s lack of interest to verify reports that millions of pesos released through DAP were used to bribe lawmakers and fund ghost projects.

Last year, Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada claimed that several lawmakers who voted to impeach former Chief Justice Renato Corona received additional allocations from DAP, whose existence was little known.

Ejercito said the bill he filed last year calling for an investigation is gathering dust at the Senate.


“It’s a legitimate issue. How come it is not being acted upon? I filed the resolution last year,” he told reporters.

Ejercito was referring to Senate Resolution 287, which he filed on October 14, 2013, calling on the Senate to scrutinize the use of DAP funds.

The acceleration program was introduced by Malacañang supposedly to fast-track public spending and push economic growth.

The DAP was approved by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on October 12, 2011, on the recommendation of the Development Budget Coordination Committee and the Cabinet Clusters.

Malacañang only admitted DAP’s existence after Estrada mentioned it in his privileged speech last September 25.

According to Estrada, senators who convicted Corona got P50 million more in discretionary fund.

At least 20 members of the Senate received additional allocations in 2012 ranging from P50 million to P100 million.

Senate President Franklin Drilon admitted receiving P100 million, which he said financed projects in his home province of Iloilo.

Ejercito cited allegations that funds from DAP were used to bribe senators and congressmen who helped ensure Corona’s impeachment.

But instead of referring it to the Blue Ribbon committee, the Senate leadership referred the bill to the committee on finance chaired by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

The panel has not acted on the bill.

Ejercito said the fact that his request for a DAP inquiry has been pending for more than four months proves the administration is being selective and will focus only on cases where the members of the opposition are being implicated.

He said the controversy involves allies of the President such as Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

At the House of Representatives, Rep. Toby Tiangco, secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance, said he has no plans to file a bill similar to Ejercito’s because it will only be blocked by the House leadership.

“I’m worried that they will not take jurisdiction on it because they will say that it is already in the court,” Tiangco said.

He said it would be better if the Budget department or the office of the Speaker make public the list of lawmakers who received DAP, for the sake of transparency and accountability.

Tiangco pointed out that if Abad believes that there is nothing wrong with DAP, he should disclose to the public names of lawmakers who benefited from the program.
“Are they hiding something about DAP? We just want to know how Malacanang and its allies used it. The people have the right to know,” he added.

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee will resume its inquiry into the pork barrel scam on March 6 and has invited former Technology Resource Center general manager Dennis Cunanan to testify.

Escudero, in a text message to The Manila Times, assured that all bills and resolutions referred to the committee on finance would be heard in March.

Congress will go on a break starting March 15, which means the finance panel only has two weeks to act on all the measures referred to it.

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  1. katarina del pilar on

    People involved in the misuse of funds – DAP should be held accountable. The Senator has valid points, and indeed this is a legitimate issue. If the Aquino administration wants to stop corruption, then an investigation and possibly a hearing of the allocation of DAP should push through. DOJ should also stop being selective in prosecuting public officials involved in such wrongdoing. Practice what you preach – fairness, justice and equity. If you want justice to be served, the Senate and other agencies involved should do the right thing and act now.

  2. PAULIT ulit lang yan,… Yun mga api ngayon at nagsisigaw ng corrruption – sa susunod sila naman ang mang aapi at mag corrupt…

  3. ganyan., at dapat magkaroon ng senate hearing para dyan. At tama na muna yang kaso sa PDAF e forward na yan sa Sandigan bayan total kompleto naman kaya ang mga testigo against Jinggoy and company. So DAP na naman. ( Nginig ang malacanang nyan).

  4. Let DOJ De Lima go after those who received bribes from Malacanang in that Corona impeachment. If notm she should also be slammed for not saying “Slam Dunk” to those senators.

  5. ‘” POLITICIANS ARE TOUGH NEEDLES TO THREAD. WHAT THEY DESIRES ARE MORE AND MORE WEALTH. THEY ARE NEVER SATISFIED WITH WHAT WHEALTH THEY HAVE. THEY ARE THE GREATEST KNOWN LIARS AND MOST GREEDIEST MEN ON EARTH “. THIS IS TRUE NOT ONLY IN US WHO WROTE THE ABOVE BUT MORE SO IN THE PHILIPPINES.
    DO YOU THINK SEN. ESTRADA WILL EXPOSE THE P50M DAP AS A REWARD ( SUHOL ) FOR THOSE WHO IMPEACHED CJ CORONA IF HE WAS NOT IMPLICATED IN THE PDAF SCAM AS ESTRADA WAS ONE OF THE SENATORS WHO CASTIGATED DEAN ROY WHEN HE EXPOSED THIS BRIBE DURING THE IMPEACHMENT?
    WILL WE BELIEVE SEN. ESCUDERO WILL INVESTIGATE THE DAP REWARDS WHEN HE HIMSELF RECEIVED EVEN MORE DAP ( SUHOL ) REWARDS THAN SEN. ESTRADA AS REPORTED?
    I WILL NEVER BELIEVE OUR PRESENT POLITICIANS SPECIALLY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, SENATONGS AND TONGRESSMEN.

  6. Obviously Abnoy, Abad and yellow cabal are all hiding their corruption. It will take loud, unrelenting demands to reveal the truth. This has not happened, so as far as the corrupt KKK’s, lusot na sila.

  7. A very clear manifestation of the WEATHER – WHETHER syndrome, the reign of Impunity casting its mesmerizing spell-binding action on whether these Aquino Admin lackeys and hacks will act upon their own kind involved in this magical DAP of thing, that of course will depend upon the weather – a weather condition that will probably lasts till June 30, 2016 – then when these corruptors-collaborators in cahoots leave office, scampering for their own safety net, otherwise the wheels of wheelchairs will be on hand as their refuge, neck collars slung on their necks as props to escape judicial prosecution…

  8. I believe that FRANKLIN DRILON should be the center of investigation on DAP. He admitted that he received additional P100M for convicting Corona. I believe he is covering up his ass and the ass of PNoy. Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson had spoken in an TV intevriew that he was always being cut or interpellated with other ‘subjects’ by Drilon when the former kept on questioning the legality of giving out Pork. Or the session is always ‘adjourned’ whenever he (Lacson) bugs again the senate with questions on the legality of Pork. These crooks (as in crocodiles) should be made accountable to the people. Public office is a public trust.