DAP unconstitutional, impeachment complaint for Aquino, fire Abad

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said President Aquino is not liable and will not be impeached for using the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

According to him the fund was implemented “in good faith, with sincere intentions, and that it was a long-time practice.” Belmonte also emphasized that DAP “has been previously cancelled by the President.”

“There is nothing clear as far as the rules on how savings are to be used or allocated under our tripartite system. On the contrary, DAP was simply an attempt by the administration to formalize the practice being done by previous administrations. Prior to the decision, it was in fact legal. These circumstances clearly will not make DAP of such a character as to make it a culpable violation of the Constitution,” Marikina Representative Romero Federico Quimbo said. “It is culpable according to jurisprudence if the violation is so blatant and clear that it smacks of an intentional violation of clear and unequivocal laws.”

On the other hand, secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said, “PNoy has to fire Abad and order the filing of plunder charges against Abad.”

Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon said the Supreme Court decision “is a ‘solid ground’ for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust, both of which are impeachable offenses.”

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