President Benigno Aquino III, on Monday night finally issues a statement about Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), and as some had expected, he slammed the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring the economic stimulus program unconstitutional.
“My message to the Supreme Court: We do not want two equal branches of government to go head to head, needing a third branch to step in to intervene. We find it difficult to understand your decision,” he said in a televised nationwide address.
"You had done something similar in the past, and you tried to do it again; there are even those of the opinion that what you attempted to commit was far graver."
Even if he was not particular about it, Aquino is believed to have been making reference to the Supreme Court’s use of the Judiciary Development Fund, savings that have been utilized for other causes aside of the money that was intended for.
Aquino added that a motion for reconsideration of the DAP ruling will be filed soon.
He said that the government never broke the law.
Aquino repeated that his administration only wanted to quicken the release of funds to give help to the public.
He also slammed the past administration, saying that his government had a lot to do to economic growth.
“DAP is not a project—it is an efficient way of spending the budget; it follows the law and adheres to the mandate granted to the Executive Branch. We did this to properly allocate funds, and by so doing maximize the benefits that the people may receive,” he said.
He said the high court looked like it has snubbed a provision in the Administrative Code of 1987, which provides the Executive the authority to use savings in appropriations to cover deficits.
He said the high court did not even discuss this provision, which was clearly explained when the DAP was argued by government lawyers.
He claimed that this provision in the Administrative Code has not been discarded.
Aquino said the high court was quick to think that there was no good faith in the enforcement of the DAP.
“But in their decision, the judges immediately presume the absence of good faith, which would then have to be proven through trial. What happened to the principle of innocent until proven guilty?”
He encouraged the high court to change its ruling.
He told the public: “DAP is good. Our intentions, our processes, and the results were correct. Bosses, I promise you: I will not allow your suffering to be prolonged—especially if we could do what we can as early as now.”
He ended by saying that he hoped that his countrymen were able to understand DAP.
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