MANILA – A law dean said the new definition of savings in the proposed budget for 2015 risks being questioned before the court.
San Beda Graduate School of Law Dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino said if the new definition of savings will empower the president to exercise powers beyond what are allowed under the Constitution, the budget law might be questioned before the court.
"Kapag ang bagong definition ay ang resulta niyan ay papalawakin niya ang puder ng pangulo na hindi pinapahintulutan ng Saligang Batas, kukuwestyunin pa rin iyan," he told dzMM.
Administration critics believe this move of the administration to redefine savings through Congress is an attempt to legitimize practices under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), parts of which were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The SC, in a unanimous decision, declared as unconstitutional the DAP practices of withdrawing unobligated allotments from implementing agencies and declaring them as savings prior to the end of the fiscal year, transferring of funds between branches of the government, and funding activities not spelled out in the General Appropriations Act.