Palace to critics: Just wait for SC decision on DAP

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2014 03:59 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2014 11:59 PM

MANILA - Malacanang is urging critics of the government’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to just wait for the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC).

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said, “Maghintay na lamang sa ipagpapasya ng ating Korte Suprema, dahil sa sistema ng ating batas, ‘yung Korte Suprema naman ang mayroong kapangyarihan na magpasya sa mga usaping tinutukoy natin.

Coloma sidestepped a question on whether an adversarial ruling will
open President Aquino to impeachment.

“Mas mainam siguro na huwag na muna tayong mag-engage sa ispekulasyon. Hindi naman ito magiging kapaki-pakinabang sa kasalukuyan. Lahat ng maaari nating sabihin ngayon ay purong ispekulasyon lamang at mas mainam na hintayin na lang natin ang pagpapasya ng Korte Suprema.”

Gabriela Party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan said in a statement, “The continuing corruption, the already delayed and selective prosecution of all those involved in the pork barrel scam as well as the delay in the Supreme Court’s ruling on the DAP is causing much frustration and outrage among Filipinos especially the youth....there will be more protests unless all those involved, including the President himself are made accountable for the corruption. ”

The high court is set to rule on the DAP petitions.

The DAP has become controversial after it was revealed that lawmakers were given the funds during the impeachment process against former Chief Justice Renato Corona.