MANILA - Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said President Benigno Aquino III may have already accepted the decision of the Supreme Court on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Angara told reporters in a text message: “The fact na humihingi ang pangulo ng supplemental budget for DAP-funded projects ay parang ina-acknowledge na rin nya ang desisyun ng Korte Suprema kaugnay sa naging pasya nito hinggil sa DAP.”
Aquino took a softer stance in dealing with the DAP issue during his State of the Nation Address on Monday afternoon. This was unlike his previous speeches where he openly criticized the Supreme Court for declaring unconstitutional several acts under the DAP.
In his SONA, Aquino sought a supplemental budget from Congress in order to implement projects that were stopped because of the SC decision.
“Kailangan nga lang po nating itigil ang ilan, para makasiguradong sumusunod tayosa naging desisyon ng Korte Suprema ukol sa Disbursement Acceleration Program,” he said.
Aquino also called on Congress to clear the air on how the government should be using its savings.
“Kasabay po nito, nananawagan din tayo sa pakikiisa ng Kongreso, upang maipasa ang isang Joint Resolution na maglilinaw sa mga depinisyon at kaisipang tila pinagtatalunan pa—at iba pang mga usaping kayo lang sa lehislatura, bilang mga nagsulat ng batas, ang makakapaglinaw,” he said.
The high court earlier said savings are realized "upon the purpose of the appropriation being fulfilled, or upon the need for the appropriation being no longer existent."