Palace calls DAP critics as DOM-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
MALACANANG branded Monday as DOM (deny, obscure, misdirect) those who try to twist the issue on the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the issue was about the alleged misuse of PDAF and not the Aquino administration's realignment of savings to DAP.
"The issue should be and always should be focused on did a person steal from the government's coffer? Let's go back there," he said. "The issue is being twisted. Their style is DOM - they deny, they obscure, they misdirect."
Lacierda was apparently referring to former senator Joker Arroyo who has been criticizing the Aquino administration on its DAP.
He wondered why the senator did not question before the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when it kept on using reenacted budgets and on the different scams, such as fertilizer and the national broadband network (NBN) deal with Chinese firm ZTE Corp.
"Now, it's very weird that Senator Joke Arroyo is talking only now. He's saying that there was something wrong with the DAP," he said.
"I can tell you frankly, when he ran for Senate, I voted for him. Because he said, 'Kung bad ka, lagot ka'...when he retired, it became, 'Kung Abad ka, lagot ka," he said, referring to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad whose office spearheaded the DAP.
But Lacierda added that he agreed with what Arroyo has said that if there were those who misused the fund under DAP, they should be held responsible.
"Those who did not use the funds properly, those who misused the funds, and those who stole the people’s money, and I agree that they should be prosecuted," Lacierda said.
The spokesperson also said that Jun Lozada, the NBN-ZTE deal whistle-blower, could also be called as DOM.
"That's another DOM. That’s another style of DOM. You're misdirecting the issue. The issue is who stole the people’s money? Why is the person pursuing reforms being asked to be impeached, being asked to be to resign?" he said.
Lozada has been asking for Aquino's resignation due to the issue on DAP.
Lacierda insisted that the realignment of savings to DAP has legal basis contrary to claim of some that it was illegal. (SDR/Sunnex)