So the highest court in the Philippines has now ruled, the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is deemed unconstitutional. It now needs to be dismantled, funds appropriated and disbursed within its framework accounted for, and its facilitators, brokers, and creators taken to task. It won’t be surprising if, out of all this, all eyes will once again be on Department of Budget Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad for starters.
Abad was apparently the architect of the DAP, a budgetary notion Inquirer columnist Conrado de Quiros described as “yet again another one of those lump-sum appropriations unheard of until he pulled it out of his hat.”
Abad had seemingly pulled the DAP out of his hat to (in de Quiros’s words) “precipitate growth” by way of funding Senators’ “favorite infrastructure projects”. The DAP was supposedly used to do this to the tune of P50 million on top of the conventional pork appropriations of each Senator in 2012. One will note that Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Bongbong Marcos did not receive these allegedly DAP-funded appropriations. Both had voted in favour of former Chief Justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial that year.
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Indeed, that leads us further down the motive trail to you-know-who. Abad answers to no less than Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. As such, by command responsibility, President BS Aquino himself is not just an accessory but an even higher-level conspirator than Abad. But that fact can be regarded as just an aside. President BS Aquino’s possesses a strong motivational link to the existence of the DAP that makes the command responsibility angle to regarding his culpability to DAP thievery just a minor footnote in a case against him. He is a sworn enemy of former Chief Justice Renato Corona who, even as BS Aquino campaigned for the presidency from 2009-2010 was already in the Son-of-Heroes’ crosshairs. Corona was at the top of Aquino’s List of People to Crush When I Become President no less. And, it is now evident, he was prepared to pay handsomely to make it all happen.
It is now widely-believed that the DAP served as the Aquino administration’s war chest to fund its saturation vendetta against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her supposedly “midnight-appointed” Chief Justice as well as other officials that were legacies of her administration — a war chest of gold coins forged in the furnace of Aquino’s profound annoyance over having to be sworn into the presidency by an appointee of his sworn enemy.
So there is a smoking gun, a gun dealer, hands with powder burn marks on them, and shell casings on the floor. All the auditors need to do now is account for all the slugs; that is, funds the appropriation of which is now clearly deemed illegal according to the SC ruling, specifically…
(1) cross border transfers of the savings of the Executive to augment appropriation of other offices outside the Executive;
(2) funding of projects, activities and programs that were not covered by any appropriation in the General Appropriations Act; and
(3) withdrawal of unobligated allotment from the implementing agencies and the declaration of the withdrawn, unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations as savings prior to the end of the fiscal year and without complying with the statutory definition of savings contained in the GAA.
…and the circle of crime will be fully-drawn.
Filipinos have many times in the past allowed big appalling crimes against the state to go unpunished. This fact is evident in the composition of their Congress and the quality of their executive leadership from the top echelons in Malacanang all the way down to the lowliest mayors and municipal councilors. The irony here is that this government was supposed to be the one that would tread the ‘straight-and-narrow path’, what President BS Aquino himself called the Daang Matuwid.
It’s time President walk the straight path now that the Supreme Court has ruled on a financial construct that was his alone to create. And he should walk with conviction — down the plank if necessary.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.
47 Replies to “SC rules DAP unconstitutional: Time for PNoy to walk down the straight path to justice!”
Would it surprise you if he pleaded insanity? Oh I forgot he has no medical records.
He’s in deep trouble.
He’s not gonna be able to weasel his way out of this one.
Pretty soon, they’ll be singing the first few verses of the song “my way”
Let’s not jump the gun. The Supreme Court ruled the PDAF/DAP program unconstitutional. There is no move from the Sandiganbayan to charge any Malacañang personality yet.
With the congress in control abnoy can disband supreme court and demonized it’s member with the help of inquirer and ABS CBN
LAGOT Mga kasinungalingan ni NOYNOY AQUINO
sa kanyang speech noong Oct. 30, 2013:
1. Ang DAP ay legal ayon sa Saligang Batas at iba pang batas.
Si Noynoy at si Lacierda lamang ang naniniwala dito.
Ang mga pinakadalubhasa sa saligang batas,
tulad ni Fr. Joaquin Bernas
at ang Philippine Constitutional Association,
ay pinagkakaisahan na nilalabag ng DAP ang ating Saligang Batas.
2. Ang perang inilaan sa DAP
ay mula sa tinipong savings na nalikha
sa paglaban sa katiwalian sa government contracts,
sa mas mainam na paggugol ng budget,
at sa magandang pamamahala
ng mga korporasyong pag-aari ng gobyerno.
Ang pera ng DAP ay galing sa pondong
inilaan ng Kongreso para sa mga proyekto
ng pamahalaan na nakasaad
sa mga General Appropriations Law
mula taong 2011 hanggang 2013.
Ang mga pondong ito ay tahasang inilipat
sa DAP upang gastusin
sa anumang ninanais ni Noynoy at ng kanyang cronies.
3. Si Noynoy ang nag-umpisang umusisa
sa katiwalian ng PDAF
at siya ang nag-utos sa Commission on Audi (COA)
para busisihing mabuti ito.
Ang COA Special Audit Report on PDAF,
kung saan nabunyag ang katiwalian ng pork barrel,
ay iniutos sa ilalim ng
COA Office Order No. 2010-309
dated May 13, 2010.
Ang pangulo noon ay si GLORIA ARROYO.
Ang mga tao ni Noynoy na sina Grace Pulido-Tan
at Heidi Mendoza ay
WALANG KAUGNAYAN sa pagbalangkas ng report.
4. Ang DAP ay nakatulong na pasiglahin ang ekonomiya.
Sabi ng World Bank,
1.3% ang kontribusyon ng DAP
sa GDP noong huling quarter ng 2011.
Imposibleng mangyari ito
sapagkat ang DAP ay nilikha lamang
noong Oktubre 22, 2011,
at ang pondo ng DAP
ay nalipat lamang sa DAP
mula sa mga national budgets ng 2012 at 2013.
Mula kay R. Tiglao ng Manila Times: http://manilatimes.net/aquinos-dap-lies/49479/
The only way Abnoy get rid of DAP scandal is to replay how he get rid of Corona.
Enter the small lady with secret evidence against SC member.
Bigyan ng wheel chair!
Time for PNoy and co. to launch another impeachment complaint, or simply move on the next acronym, like, for example:
Pay Off Government Initiative – POGI
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the days after this triumph against the yellow retard but one thing’s for sure, it won’t end well for Mr. Aquino.
Again, a word of caution. Penoy’s violation of the Constitution is an impeachable offence. An impeachment is initiated by Congress. Is it likely that the congressmen the Aquinos have paid off will allow an impeachment complaint to push through?
And how long will it take for the Ombudsman to decide if charges against Penoy and company are warranted? Conchita Morales has already stated regarding Senator Enrile, Estrada and Revilla: ‘…only God knows if they will be indicted in court.’ If their hearts aren’t into prosecuting Enrile, et al on behalf of the Filipino people — opposition senators — how can we expect them to pursue a complaint against their bosses?
well… he won’t be incarcerated in Crame, Veterans, or even Bilibid. Most likely, he would be thrown in Madaluyong, for his meds will not be enough to keep him sane after this one. Pansinin nyo, mawawala na naman yan ng matagal, busy playing peek-a-boo with the palace guards.
Or magtatago lang uli sa closet niya na nakasuot ng yellow pajamas at nakahawak sa yellow niya na teddy bear.
Pag nagkataon nasa Ripley’s believe it or not ang gobyerno natin. “Philippines impeached their presidents thrice in a row”
The question we have to ask now is ‘Will the courts and Congress finally restrain President Aquino?’ One would think — hope — that an administration so chastened might reconsider its determination to subvert the normal process of government.
Not bloody likely. Penoy Aquino does not care for the Constitution, nor does he bother to learn constitutional lessons. He continues to barrel along in arrogance until he meets resistance. And he hasn’t met nearly enough. Whenever he does, well, that’s the other perk of the pork barrel — a war chest to either grease the wheels or bowl over any recalcitrant opposition.
And we can pretty much surmise that even as the Malacañang spin doctors scramble to convince the Filipino public that PDAF/DAP was the only way Penoy could deliver on his ‘daang matuwid’ promise directly to the masses, his team of cheats, crooks and cronies are working out even more creative ways to allocate taxpayer money to themselves.
Let me quote Charles Montgomery “Monty” Burns:
Noynoy and Mar are Monty and Smithers.
Smithers, fire that man!
Talagang patay ka ngayon at si Abad. Siguradong tutuktukan mo si Coloma para maghanap ng alibi sa ginawa mong katarantaduhan sa DAP during Corona Trial. Di ko naman sinasabing malinis si Corona pero kung may ginawa ka ding kabulastugan, dapat ka ring maimpeach. Makakaganti na ang mga taga-Tacloban sa inyo ni Mar Roxas at Dinky Soliman na hindi ninyo binigyan ng mabilisang tulong noong Yolanda.
Kung walang gagawing aksyon ang kongreso dito. Ewan ko na talaga.
Thought crossed my mind yes.
Highly unlikely. The Liberal-affiliated congressman make up one third of the congress. 🙁
Look’s like B.S. and Company already have a back up plan.
This is the only opportunity the congressmen will have to show that they are not merely dogs of BS pnoy. If they impeach pnoy, then they would partly redeem themselves. But i am willing to bet my bottom peso that these congressmen would rather be dogs of pnoy than be filipinos.
It is time to throw : Aquino, Binay, Abad, etc…in jail. They have violated the law.
Aquino can plead: insanity. However, Binay and Abad seem sane.
These crooks can rot in jail. Time to land reform Aquino’s Hacienda Luisita, also…
All Senators, who have served the Senate must be investigated , on this Pork Barrel Scam. This is the worse thievery in Philippine History. And, it is commited by Aquino and his cahoots…
PNoy won’t get impeached for this provided a human sacrifice is made. There must be a scapegoat.
Time for “Butch” Abad to perform seppuku for his master.
We haven’t heard any reaction from KriSTD maybe she preparing big bomb to divert the issue, perhaps another STD issue? or bigger than that? Abangan…Hopefully our lawmakers starts removing their heads in their asses and act quickly to file impeachment complain to this #BaldDuo and hopefully COA, DOJ including Ombudsman will do the same thing; if there’s dignity left on their persona.
Just another day in fucked up 4th world Philippines business as usual.
From the Daily Tribune… DAP dead but resurrected as BUB(Bottom up Budget).
It’s high time for heads to roll.
Yet, as stated above, can pigs become men in the face of this challenge? The congressmen, to me, are beyond any hope of salvation. Then again, I am hope to be wrong on this one.
From the Manila Times…
Down with the yellow Tyrant Rex!!!
I suppose you are all witnessing the Yellow Zombie Army kicking up a storm in social networks and news website comments trying to cover up and justify the unconstitutional DAP.
I have even seen one say that PNoy cannot be impeached because there was no betrayal of public trust, completely ignoring the fact that “culpable violation of the constitution” by itself is an impeachable offense.
So abusing public funds to serve themselves at the expense of the rest of the country is not betrayal of public trust?
It is unconstitutional for some deeper reason other than because it just so happen to be written as such.
And BTW, this goes to show that abNoy is just as corrupt as those we already know to be corrupt…Corruption assumes many forms, but are all abominable just the same.
Yan ang hirap pag bumoboto ang masa ng presidente na puro puso lang ang alam paganahin. Napaglalaruan ng mga tao at kamaganak niya kaya oo lang nang oo kahit di maintindihan ang pinipirmahan.
Ignorance is also a form of corruption dahil hindi niya alam kung may pros at cons ang mga ginagawa niya. Another example is the Nora Aunor national artist issue, kung tumahimik na lang sana siya at hinayaan na lang niya ang mga Noranian na magtaka kung bakit di siya pumayag, di na sana lumaki sa media yung trivial matters.
Pag pinitik mo kasi sa daliri si Noynoy, naglalabas kaagad ng itak. Very unstatesman at leader-like.
Yes, if consumed DAP funds were not misused or stolen even if SC has ruled such funds as unconstitutional then clearly there will be no justification for the charges to be filed against gov’t officials just because DAP has been declared unconstitutional. Same goes to PDAF, which is also unconstitutional. Only those lawmakers that pocketed the funds must be punished. Otherwise, all lawmakers in the past and present who benefited from the PDAF should be put in jail if we follow your logic.
Unless you are in-the-know, like paid-hacks would be, but which you would refuse to disclose, that’s one you cannot guarantee. A crime is a crime is a crime by any other name.
The ends never justify the means.
Tsk tsk, you people keep on insisting that we should look at the recipients of pork, while conveniently ignoring those who opted to give it out in the first place.
Jigs as usual . Every visit to this place he hates he sprouts the troll spiel of the day then denies his association with the trolls but whole heartedly agrees with the way Malacanang wants the public to see things . Sorry we are not enlightened to your yellow god.
As usual, whenever GRP exposes your president’s obvious corruption, you show up and post pathetic yellow propaganda.
Unfortunately for you,Mr. Malacañang Troll in denial, your propaganda has failed yet again.
Denying that you’re not a paid malacañang troll won’t convince us at all.
Better throw in the towel, your trolling days are over.
Blame to Cory constitution full of shit
The Supreme Court acknowledged that the implementation of the DAP yielded undeniably positive results that enhanced the economic welfare of the country.
Nice TROLLING, real-life paid hack. 😀 😀
Looks like this troll has just learned how to copypaste a spiel from his fellow troll a.k.a Troll in denial, Jigs
Too bad he copied the same defective propaganda his colleague posted in another blog article.
Whatever economic welfare of the country you think the DAP enhanced is easily overshadowed by the negative impact & bad precedent it has introduced. Now everyone can defy the constitution or commit a crime, like stealing, as long as one can claim to have “good faith” and, say, feed a mass of hungry families.