Anti-DAP petitioners told to comment on Palace appeal

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THE Supreme Court (SC) directed petitioners against the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) on Tuesday to comment on Malacañang's appeal to the decision that declared key parts of the economic stimulus package unconstitutional.

The Court gave the petitioners such as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and Christian sects led by Greco Belgica 10 days to file their opposition.

In its appeal filed last Friday, the Palace said that the DAP followed constitutional provisions on the use of savings.

It also asked the SC to give DAP authors, implementors and proponents the benefit of the doubt, saying the doctrine of operative fact speaks nothing about their liability.

The doctrine validates the effects of an unconstitutional law or action like roads, school buildings and livelihood projects in the case of DAP.

"The President and his alter egos, in implementing a decidedly successful program, deserve to be afforded the traditional constitutional presumptions that apply to most other forms of public actions, especially the presumption of good faith," Malacañang said.

Some P144 billion was spent for projects under the DAP, which gained notoriety after it was allegedly used to buy the support of legislators for the impeachment of then Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012. (Sunnex)

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