- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said he will expose all individuals who benefited from DAP
- He said this will even include former president Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Antonio Trillanes
- His revelation will allegedly include how much they got and how they used it
President Duterte said he will soon expose all individuals which even include former president Benigno Aquino III, who allegedly benefited from the controversial disbursement acceleration program (DAP).
In stating this, Duterte dared the media to dig deeper into the DAP as he further claimed it persisted during the Aquino administration despite the Supreme Court ruling in 2014 that invalidated some schemes under it, an article published by The Philippine Star mentioned.
“Why not dig deeper into (former budget secretary Florencio) Abad? P-Noy (Aquino)? Despite the constitutional ruling against that prohibited DAP, they continued to do it as if it was nobody’s business,” the article quoted Duterte saying in a press conference in Cagayan de Oro.
In addition, the President said he will soon reveal everything like how much they got as he disclosed it will include Senator Antonio Trillanes and how they used it.
As a backgrounder, the Supreme Court in July 2014 struck down certain provisions of the DAP, which the Aquino administration introduced to speed up public spending, for being unconstitutional.
In the following year, however, the high court partially granted the government’s appeal and removed one act from the list, and allowed “the funding of projects, activities and programs that were not covered by any appropriation in the GAA (General Appropriations Act).”
Last month, the Ombudsman indicted Abad for usurpation of legislative powers. But criminal and administrative charges against Aquino and Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos were dismissed.
Referring anew to Trillanes’ accusation that he had more than P2 billion in hidden bank accounts, he issued an apparent dare to Aquino to look into the alleged matter.
“Maghanap sila. May naiwan pa sila diyan mga bata nila sa Central Bank. ‘Pag may kalahati ako niyan, pu—a, bababa ako sa pagkapresidente,” he was quoted saying in an article published on GMA News.
[They should look for it. They still have men at the Central Bank. If I have half of that, I will step down from presidency.]