On a collision course

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Thursday, July 17, 2014


FIRST the exposition and then the accounting. With the pronouncement that the Disbursement Acceleration Program of the Aquino administration by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional, several issues came to fore and viewed on different light.

President Aquino, in a televised message Monday, July 14 and weeks before his State of the Nation Address (SONA), made an impassioned plea to the magistrates to reconsider their decision in favor of reforms and good intentions.

He explained that "the DAP, backed by the Administrative Code of 1987 (Book IV, Chapter 5, Section 39) allowed the government to use savings to fund fast-moving projects to stimulate economic growth from 2011 to 2013".

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Thus, President Aquino steadfastly defends his actions on the DAP, including those of the architect of the program Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad, a lawyer, whose submitted resignation the President did not accept.

Two co-equal branches of the government were on a collision course. The executive still has fifteen days upon receipt of the SC decision to file a Motion for Reconsideration. Whether the MR will be given weight by the SC, the Palace has a ready plan to continue with its projects.

With the rebuff, the Palace would seek a supplemental budget from Congress, another co-equal branch in the government, to fund the projects previously bankrolled by the DAP. To the uninitiated, DAP and PDAF are two distinct animals.

The President, who consistently calls the masses his bosses, is consistent with his vision to work for them even risking the censure, if not the ire, of the highest tribunal.

Now on the homestretch of his term, the President is wary of the dangers lurking along the way, but based on his actions, he intends to be headstrong in his objectives and plans, his survey ratings notwithstanding. He is inarguably a tough act to follow.

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This July, Peso Mabalacat is loaded with activities starting with SRAs by YWA Human Resources on July 24 as well as Fil Expat Placement Agency and Star World International on July 30. The cosmetology course will start on July 21 at Peso Marina Dau. Other courses completed were welding and basic computer literacy courtesy of International Technopreneur and AMA CLC.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 18, 2014.

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