Palace to hold accountable those who ‘misused’ DAP funds-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
MALACANANG vowed Sunday to hold responsible those who allegedly misused the funds supposedly for the projects under Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, however, said that there should be tangible and real evidence if the government would pursue charges against those who allegedly misappropriated funds supposedly for DAP.
"Kung sino ho ‘yung nagkaroon ng involvement doon sa misuse, most certainly (they will be held responsible). Even in the cases relative to the 2007-2009 audit, ang nakita niyo po doon sa mga sinampahan po ng kaso ng Department of Justice ay ‘yung meron hong tangible and real evidence that tends to support their prosecution. Ang importante po kasi sa atin talaga ay kung ano ho ‘yung mapapatunayan natin sa korte," she said.
The DOJ recently filed plunder charges against those who were allegedly involved in the supposed P10-billion pork barrel scam. The complaint was based on the 2007-2009 special audit report by the Commission on Audit and on the testimonies of the whistle-blowers.
Reports have said that there were some senators who allegedly misused their funds supposedly for DAP projects.
Valte maintained that DAP, which was created by the Aquino administration in 2011, has achieved its purpose of improving the economy.
"In fact, several third-party institutions have also noted the help that DAP was able to give or the boost that it was able to give (on the economy)," she said, citing the statement made by former National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Director General Cayetano Paderanga that in the fourth quarter of 2011, there were improvements in the economic outlook.
She also said that Neda Director General Arsenio Balisacan, who replaced Paderanga, noted that the economic growth in the first quarter of 2012 was supported by accelerated government spending.
Valte said that what was important was the fund for DAP was not misused.
"So I think, at this point, importante ho talagang malaman kung nagkaroon ho ba ng misuse doon sa mga pondong binigay po dapat sa mga proyekto at sa mga implementing agencies at kung nasunod ho ba," she said.
Some lawmakers and even other people have been criticizing the Aquino administration's DAP, saying it was illegal.
But the Palace officials maintained that the releases of funds under DAP were constitutional. (SDR/Sunnex)