Palace: Executive exercised good faith, due diligence on DAP

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

MALACANANG insisted Thursday that in implementing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the executive branch exercised good faith and due diligence, in accordance with existing laws and pertinent auditing rules and procedures.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. also said the Palace will review further the decision of the Supreme Court declaring certain provisions of DAP as unconstitutional.

"We believe we have been abiding by and complying with such lawful processes. We will review the decision further to gain a more comprehensive understanding of its ramifications and study the appropriate legal options," he said in a regular press briefing.

He also said that part of the "lawful process" is to determine if the fund under DAP that was given to some lawmakers did not end up in fake nongovernment organizations, such as of those formed by alleged pork barrel queen, Janet Lim-Napoles.

Apart from line agencies, some senators and congressmen received funding through DAP.

On the plan of the Office of the Ombudsman to conduct a probe on DAP, Coloma said that it is the duty of the Ombudsman and "we acknowledge that it is well within the purview of their mandate."

He said the Palace will comply with the lawful and legal processes.

The Palace official also said that President Benigno Aquino III has already talked with Budget Secretary Florencio Abad following the ruling of the high court on DAP.

Abad was said to be the architect of DAP.

As to what Aquino and Abad discussed, Coloma said he was not aware.

There were growing calls from some quarters for Abad to resign following the SC decision. (SDR/Sunnex)

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