Binay: Life was not better during martial law
MANILA - Vice President Jejomar Binay urged the full disclosure and independent audit of projects under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
“Let me state as a lawyer that the question of accountabilities of government officials would have to be reckoned as part of the legal and logical consequences of this groundbreaking decision. As you all know, the Supreme Court (SC) has placed the onus of proving ‘good faith’ on those who conceived and implemented the DAP,” Binay said in a speech during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Manila.
He said the SC decision was clear on the matter of accountability. He said there are no hidden clues in the decision.
“But where do we start? For me, a good starting point would be to make available to the public all the projects funded by DAP. This is after all, consistent with the tenets of full transparency that is the cornerstone of the Aquino administration, and I do hope my colleagues will reconsider a reported decision to withhold the release of the so-called DAP list,” he said.
Binay also called for continued vigilance on the so-called Napoles scam.
“It is essential that we see this cleansing of government to its just conclusion—public service without taint of self-interest, without a tinge of deception and political persecution,” he said.
Binay also slammed sentiments that life was better during the martial law years.
“It is a sentiment I will not accept. Yes, there was peace and quiet, but it was, to paraphrase a famous expression, the peace and quiet of the graveyard,” he said.
“I will never trade one day of freedom for all the illusory trappings of tranquility obtained through force under the dictatorship,” he said.