DAVAO CITY - President Aquino has found an ally in Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte regarding his defense of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Duterte, who is also a lawyer, said he sees nothing with Aquino's speech openly challenging the Supreme Court to review its decision declaring parts of the DAP as illegal.
He said the President only said what was on his mind when he said he expected the SC to back the legality of the DAP.
"Me as a lawyer, there is nothing wrong with the President's statement," he said.
However, he also said he had been warning the government that the issue over the DAP, as well as the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), would explode if not handled quickly.
President Aquino earlier said he did not violate the law when he approved the DAP.
Aquino said the high court seemed to have snubbed a provision in the Administrative Code of 1987, which gives the Executive the authority to use savings in appropriations to cover deficits.
"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," he said in a televised speech last Monday.