Church prayer vigil on DAP set July 28

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Friday, July 18, 2014


THE Diocese of Bacolod will hold a prayer vigil on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral on July 28.

Bishop Vicente Navarra will give a message during the gathering that will start at 6 p.m.

The Catholic Church in Bacolod is also calling for the resignation of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad whom they tag as the mastermind and author of DAP, said Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral.

The regular mass inside the Cathedral will proceed on Monday, and at 6 p.m., a prayer vigil will start with a welcome prayer. There will be a gospel reading and a talk about DAP by a lawyer, and the giving of the blessed sacrament and praying of the rosary.

Pasquin said that through the prayer vigil, they will ask for guidance and enlightenment from God on what is happening in the country right now wherein the Executive clashes with the Judiciary branch of the government.

Students, parishioners, lay members from lay associations and religious groups are expected to join the prayer vigil.

“Together as a community and family of God, we will pray for enlightenment because of too much confusion that is happening in the country. This is a very alarming situation because two independent branches of government are clashing on the issue of DAP,” Pasquin added.

The prelate said the President is given the mandate to respect and defend the Constitution and what he did during his national address last Monday was uncalled for.

In a televised speech, President Benigno S. Aquino III openly criticized the Supreme Court (SC) over its decision to declare the administration's DAP as partially unconstitutional.

He said the justices did not take into account the government's arguments that he can realign funds to speed up economic growth and delivery of social services.

Aquino said the Executive Branch would appeal the DAP ruling because the SC essentially ignored the administration's main arguments to support its controversial spending mechanism.

Despite criticisms from some sectors in Negros Occidental, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. himself openly supported the position of President on the implementation of DAP.

"We should thank the President that there was surplus in the budget unlike his predecessor," Marañon said, adding that the funds under the DAP did not go to Aquino’s pockets but to projects that benefited the people.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 18, 2014.

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