SC urged anew to stop DAP-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
FORMER Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. appealed to the Supreme Court on Monday to stop the government from using the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in helping victims of the powerful earthquake that hit Central Visayas last week.
In an urgent motion for the issuance of temporary restraining order (TRO), Syjuco said the government is planning to use DAP to augment relief and rehabilitation operations in badly-hit provinces Bohol and Cebu despite issues with its constitutionality.
The magnitude 7.2 quake has left at least 185 people dead and nine missing, and about 35,000 structures were damaged or destroyed.
Syjuco also hit Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for making the public believe that the government’s calamity and contingency funds are about to be depleted.
Abad earlier said rehabilitation of areas in Mindanao ravaged by typhoon Pablo, the world’s strongest storm last year, will cost P11 billion yet the calamity fund is only P7.5 billion for 2013.
But Syjuco found that the calamity fund still has a remaining balance of P6.095 billion, citing data from the website of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
“Constitutional doctrines must remain steadfast no matter what may be the tides of time. It cannot be simply made to sway and accommodate the call of situations and much more tailor itself to the whims and caprices of government and the people who run it,” the motion stated.
The former lawmaker maintained that DAP was not created by law even if it had the intention of expediting development in the countryside through infrastructure and social services projects.
“It can be said that all roads to hell are paved with good intentions,” the motion read.
“The respondents (Abad, et.al) are seemingly eager to use the DAP allegedly for pious reasons. It is as if they are more popish than the pope. We should call a spade a spade. Simply, it is out of bounds and unconstitutional," it added.
An oral argument on the six anti-DAP petitions was scheduled on November 19. (Sunnex)