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Thursday, October 24, 2013
THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Thursday called on the Supreme Court (SC) to decide expeditiously on petitions questioning the constitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
In a press statement, UNA Secretary General Toby Tiangco warned that the legal characteristic of the DAP could likely affect the future realignments and disbursements made by the executive branch.
UNA and the ruling Liberal Party (LP) were the two opposing political parties in the May national and local elections.
"It is clear that with DAP, there is no transparent mechanism in disbursing state funds, and without any accountability for how the funds are to be used," Tiangco said.
"Something's just gotta give. I hope that the President will not make an excuse in providing help to quake victims or in delivering basic services to the people because of the abolition of the DAP," the lawmaker added.
Earlier, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. said that the calamity funds are almost depleted and that the executive branch would need to tap savings to augment the said funds to help the victims of the deadly magnitude-7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol last October 15.
On Friday, the SC en banc will hold a special session to tackle an urgent bid to stop Malacanang from tapping DAP funds to augment relief operations in Visayas.
"I would like to make a personal appeal to the honorable justices of the Supreme Court to listen and weigh in the arguments presented by the Palace and those who question the constitutionality of the DAP," Tiangco appealed. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)