COA urged to disallow DAP disbursements

by Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2014 04:29 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2014 12:29 AM

MANILA - Now that the Supreme Court (SC) has declared acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional, the Commission on Audit (COA) is being urged to start issuing notices of disallowance to all DAP disbursements.

In a letter to COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan, Greco Belgica of the group Reform PH said an investigation on the DAP disbursements should commence as soon as possible to be able to determine how these funds were misused and how they can be recovered.

An investigation will also identify officials who benefited illegally from the DAP, he said.

"As directed by the Supreme Court, investigation and prosecution filed in its proper venue must be done. But without concrete evidence which only your office can unearth, none will ever prosper. This will result to, at the least, grave injustice," the letter read.

Belgica said it is not enough for the Palace to say that these funds were allocated to benefit the people and that they were used in “good faith.”

He said the government should prove the benefits. "Yung proofs and evidence dito manggagaling kung sino, kailan, magkano, saan (ginamit ang pera)."

Belgica suggested the COA can begin its investigation by looking into the seven evidence packets, which the Solicitor General submitted to the SC during the oral arguments for the DAP.