Bishop on legalizing DAP: ‘People will get mad’

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MANILA, August 11, 2014—A top church official fears the Filipino people’s ire if the Aquino administration insists on legalizing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) by recasting it as “savings”.

While Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, who chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (CBCP-ECPA), agrees that Congress has the power to declare as lawful something that is patently wrong, he considers it gravely abusive of Malacañang and its allies to consider having it done.

Students take part in a anti-pork demonstration last year when the PDAF scandal first broke out. (File photo)

“It is within their powers, really, because they’re the ones who make and pass laws. The only problem, I fear, is that they might incur the wrath of the people if they attempt at making legal what is immoral,” explained Pabillo over Church-run Radyo Veritas.

The prelate pointed out, it will be immoral to legalize parts of what the highest court of the land had previously dismissed as having no constitutional basis.

Pabillo believes PNoy and his allies will benefit greatly once they succeed at redefining “savings” in DAP’s favor.

“Who will stand to benefit in the end? It’s Congress and the President. Who else?” he said.

According to former Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno and former National Treasurer Leonor Briones, the Aquino administration wants DAP recast in order to absolve them from any possible charges and to allow them to use billions of pesos in taxpayers’ money without the need for accounting. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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