Ejercito to return P10M DAP if courts ask

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


SENATOR JV Ejercito said Wednesday he will return the P10-million Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fund he got as a former congressman if the courts compel the fund recipients to do so.

Ejercito clarified this after he gave a television interview where he said he was a recipient of DAP on top of his annual allocation as representative of San Juan City in 2013.

In an interview, the minority senator said he was unaware where the additional allocation was sourced from and he assumed it as coming from the savings of Congress.

Ejercito made it clear, however, that the DAP funds he received were only used for projects under the National Dairy Authority and the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC).

He said the DAP funds were delivered in the form of milk and dairy products for the schoolchildren in San Juan and trainings.

Senator JV Ejercito
MANILA. Senator JV Ejercito holds a press briefing he visited detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City, on Wednesday. (Contributed photo)


Ejercito said the accountability of DAP, which was recently declared as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, should lie with the executive since the creation of said fund never passed through the approval of Congress.

"But if the courts will tell us to return through cash then we will have no choice but to follow since DAP is unconstitutional and illegal," he said.

The senator said that if the Aquino administration is stern in its thrust for good governance, it should release the list of DAP recipients to the public.

"This is a good opportunity to show that they are really serious in their thrust for good governance," he said in the interview.

In October 2013, Ejercito filed Resolution 287 urging the Senate to probe the controversial DAP, which already drew flak then from legal experts as unconstitutional. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)

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