Aquino expected to still defend DAP

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Monday, July 28, 2014


LOCAL officials and leaders of various sectors in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City expect President Benigno S. Aquino III will defend anew the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) before the joint session of Congress today, July 28.

"A report of his performance this past year and what he intends to do in his last two years. Again he will also defend DAP," said Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson when asked about his expectation in the President's Sona.

Ben Solilapsi of Abang Lingkod party-list said they expect that the President will justify and enumerate where the controversial DAP funds went among the different projects of his administration.

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For his part, labor leader Wennie Sancho said that they expect that Aquino will mention the workers’ benefits this time because since the beginning of the Aquino administration he never mentioned and gave priority to the workers’ benefits in his Sona.

Frank Carbon, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the President will surely tackle a little the controversial DAP whose key portions were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The President is also expected to tackle his fight against corruption and the issue on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement which is still hanging in the balance, he said.

However, Carbon said the business sector is more interested in his plan about the impending power shortage by summer time of 2015 as declared by Energy Secretary Carlos Jerich Petilla.

Bacolod City Councilor Caesar Distrito said, "I'm expecting him to do less bashing of the past administration this time. He has been in office for four years, so the ups and downs of the economy, governance, peace and order, poverty incidence are all his responsibility.”

“I hope he will stop criticizing the Supreme Court as everyone knows that once there is a pending case in court, parties are prohibited from discussing its merits to the public. I hope he will focus more on the economic directions, his major projects, and plans in his last two years in office.” (TDE/CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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