Oral argument on DAP’s legality moved to November 19-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
DEBATES on the constitutionality of the administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) will be held on November 19 instead of October 22 at the Supreme Court to accommodate more petitions for or against it.
There are currently six petitions assailing the legality of DAP, which re-aligned funds from unfulfilled positions and slow-moving programs to bankroll infrastructure projects needed to boost the economy last year.
Petitioners opposed the DAP, saying, among others, that it was not supported by an appropriations law passed by Congress.
The petitions were filed by former Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco, the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), lawyer Jose Malvar Villegas Jr., Manuelito Luna and militant lawmakers.
Villegas’ petition has not been consolidated pending the payment of docket fees, according to the Supreme Court Public Information Office.
The oral argument will be heard by the public online, just like in last week’s debate on the constitutionality of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF). (Sunnex)