Senate sets own probe on DAP

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2014 04:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2014 12:37 AM

MANILA - Senate finance committee chair Chiz Escudero plans to continue the investigation on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) after it has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Escudero plans to hold the hearing before Congress opens its second regular session this month depending on the availability of resource persons to be invited.

“Pinostpone lamang namin 'yung imbestigasyon dahil hinihintay nga namin ‘yung desisyon ng Korte. Pero in the meantime, hiniling na namin sa DBM ‘yung listahan ng appropriations at allocations. Pero ‘yung [ibinigay] nila, hindi pa rin tumutugma. Dahil ang lumabas sa dyaryo 372 (billion). Ang total na binigay sa amin ay over 200 billion lamang. So balak namin, ngayong lumabas na ang desisyon, pagpapatuloy namin ang imbestigasyon sa DAP,” Escudero told reporters.

Senator JV Ejercito previously filed a resolution calling for an inquiry into the DAP.

Senator Cynthia Villar supports the continuation of the probe.

“Para maliwanag natin kung ano ba ang sistemang tama. Kasi alam mo, in fairness to the lawmaker, binigyan sila ng budget, hindi naman nila alam kung saan galing ‘yun, sa PDAF, DAP, sa general appropriation. ‘Pag binibigyan ka kasi ng budget, hindi naman nakalagay doon kung ano ang pinanggalingan ng pera. Para liwanagin. Besides, wala nang ganoon ngayon e. Maski ‘yung PDAF namin, finorgo na namin,” Villar said.

Escudero said that while he nominated projects for hospitals, medical assistance, and construction and rehabilitation of public markets, he did not know that these were part of the DAP.

“’Yun ‘yung problema e,. You’ve been asking us for that but we do not know which one is DAP and which one is PDAF. Halimbawa ‘yung PDAF namin, malay namin kung pinondohan ng DAP ‘yun?” he said.

SENATORS TO ABAD: EXPLAIN

For now, Escudero is urging Abad to explain the details of the DAP.

“Marapat na manggaling mismo sa kanya ang paliwanag kaugnay dito sa DAP, either kaugnay doon sa mga nangyari sa DAP, ang detalye noon at moving on, paano ito maiiwasan at matitiyak na ‘di na gagawin o mangyayari,” he said.

Senator Grace Poe said as much, adding that those concerned have to show that the DAP went to projects that benefited the people.

“Talagang kailangan nilang patunayan at sa tingin ko makakatulong din kay Secretary Abad na ipakita niya na ‘yung pinagkagastusan niyang pera ay tunay na nakatulong. Kung hindi niya maipapakita ‘yun, kahit naman sino sa gobyerno, kung hindi natin nagawa ang ating trabaho, e di pagbigyan natin ang mga ibang makakagawa ng trabaho na ‘yun,” Poe told reporters.