Duterte expects Aquino to tackle DAP in Sona-A A +A
Friday, July 25, 2014
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is expected to explain the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (Sona), said Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte.
“It’s the burning issue of the day. I expect that he would explain his side. It’s the very thing that Filipinos want to hear,” Duterte said.
Aquino’s Sona is slated on the afternoon of Monday, July 28.
Aquino was hit for defending DAP when the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional.
“He (Aquino) was just making a rejoinder of the decision of the SC. We cannot stop or consider it wrong because there is always a right to be heard,” said Duterte.
“Even an ordinary citizen of this country, if you do not want the decision rendered against you, you can always talk about it,” he said.
Duterte said he is not defending the President.
“I did not defend the President sa DAP because I have nothing to do with it. We do not have it here. I do not even know how it operates. I am not defending DAP, I am defending the right of the President to be heard. That’s democracy,” he said.
He said there is no project funded under DAP here in Davao City. He also said he believes the impeachment complaint against Aquino will not stand.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 25, 2014.