MANILA, Nov. 6, 2013 — Former Lingayen Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz said the dialogue being proposed by President Benigno Aquino to discuss the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) will not easily convince those advocating the abolition of discretionary funds.
In an interview over Church run CBCP Online Radio, Cruz said the Palace may be able to explain where the DAP is sourced and used but those whom he will dialogue with will somehow be more knowledgeable and may not easily be convinced.
“The dialogue will obviously be to explain where DAP is sourced and spent, and it seems that those whom he will be having dialogue with have the capacity to understand and will not be easily convinced,” Cruz said in the vernacular.
Cruz also added that, “If ever those whom the president will have dialogue with will give their proposal and suggestion, the president may be the one that will not understand.”
It can be recalled that in 2011, delegates of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines pulled out from its dialogue with the palace amid tensions over the controversial RH Bill now known as Republic Act (RA) 10354. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal disclosed then that the president ‘already has his decision and there’s no point for a dialogue anymore.’
The controversial RA 10354 (RH law) was also exposed by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada as among the Palace’s priority measures that was allegedly lobbied with the use of ‘added’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or Pork Barrel as a form of ‘incentive’ for senators who will give a favorable vote for the measure.
Cruz also believes that if a dialogue will push through it will end without any consensus.
“The dialog will be an exercise in futility, I am sorry,” Cruz said. (Raymond Bandril)