Anti-DAP lawmaker to block delay in oral argument-A A +A
Saturday, January 18, 2014
ONE of the petitioners against the existence of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) will ask the Supreme Court (SC) to deny Malacañang’s bid to reschedule anew the second round of oral argument on the case.
“We will oppose the motion through our counsel. The public cannot wait any longer for the declaration on the unconstitutionality of DAP,” said Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon in a text message to Sun.Star on Friday.
Malacañang earlier told the SC that it is not prepared to defend DAP on January 28 since collaborating counsel, retired SC Justice Vicente Mendoza, needs more time to review the documents to be submitted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the debate.
The DBM also said it could not provide the justices copies of the sources of funds or savings and their usage under the DAP.
The Palace asked the Court to reset the hearing for March 25 or four months after the petitioners presented their side last November 19.
The second part was supposed to be conducted on December 10 but the Palace and Congress were given time to tap lawyers outside the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).
Petitioners believed the DAP is unconstitutional due to lack of congressional authorization and for passing off as savings the funds coming from slow-moving projects.
The government, however, said the President has the power to re-align savings, which went to projects to boost the economy from late 2011 onwards. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)