OSG asks SC to reconsider ruling on DAP


Posted at Jul 18 2014 04:18 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2014 07:12 AM

MANILA - The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Friday filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a motion for reconsideration of its ruling on the Aquino administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Last July 1, the high court declared several acts under the DAP as unconstitutional. It said the executive can only use and transfer money to other agencies if this is in the form of savings and is appropriated under the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Malacañang has consistently defended the DAP, pointing out that it helped spur the country's economic growth.

President Benigno Aquino III, in a televised nationwide address last Monday, criticized the SC and said it assumed that there was no good faith in the implementation of the DAP.

"My message to the Supreme Court: We do not want two equal branches of government to go head to head, needing a third branch to step in to intervene. We find it difficult to understand your decision," Aquino said. -- Report from Alex Calda, dzMM