Palace calls for audit of DAP

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2014 04:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2014 12:24 AM

MANILA - Malacanang is calling for an audit of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), parts of which have been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said DAP funds are public funds and should be audited.

She said if the Commission on Audit (COA) finds anything remiss, then appropriate steps should be taken.

She said the COA already said last year that DAP will be audited.

Valte, meantime, fended off accusations that Budget Secretary Butch Abad has become a liability for the Aquino administration amid calls for his resignation.

Abad as budget chief is said to be the architect of DAP.

In the oral arguments on the constitutionality of the DAP, Abad told the high court that Aquino approved all DAP releases.

Aquino's signature and marginal notes can be found on memos authorizing DAP releases from 2011 to 2013.

Valte shrugged off the possibility that members of the administration will be prosecuted the same way the Arroyo administration was prosecuted once the incumbent steps down.

DAP became controversial after it was alleged that DAP funds were used in lawmakers' projects during the time of the Renato Corona impeachment trial.

On Tuesday, the high court ruled that portions of the DAP were unconstitutional.

DAP was a mechanism for government to withdraw funds from unimplemented projects midyear and realign them to better implemented projects.