Bishops praise SC ruling on DAP

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MANILA, July 2, 2014— Catholic bishops are praising the recent Supreme Court decision that declared several parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

During the Million People March on August 26, 203, thousands express protest not just against congressional pork but against the Disbursement Acceleration Program as well. (Photo: CBCP News)

“I hail the SC decision,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President as he also encouraged the public to “zealously promote integrity in public and private life”.

According to him, the high tribunal’s ruling “challenges of all us to be vigilant against graft”.

“We must be a nation of laws and citizenry of integrity,” Villegas added.

Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, for his part, said heads must roll now and “those who promoted and used” the controversial funds should be held liable.

“I believe in the decision of the SC. I’m sure it was thought [of] and deliberated well,” Ongtioco said.

Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez echoed Ongtioco’s statement, adding “all those involved should answer”.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said President Benigno Aquino III may be impeached over the DAP for culpable violation of the Constitution.

She said, however, those who wants “to test the waters” are bound to fail since allies of the administration dominate both houses of Congress.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo agreed with Santiago, saying that impeachment is a political action.

“We are no longer hoping (in the impeachment) because it’s not after determining the truth and seeking justice. It’s a political move,” said Pabillo, chair of the CBCP Public Affairs Committee.

“If he’s allied with the majority in the Congress, how can he be impeached? So we are not hoping in that,” he lamented. (CBCPNews)

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