President Benigno (PNoy) Aquino III sets an important date with his boss to explain on Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and “current national issues” tomorrow, Monday, two weeks before his scheduled State of the Nation Address.
“Broadcast networks have been requested to air the President’s speech on current national issues. He will deliver the speech in Malacanan Palace,” Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
“He understands the varied reactions to his decision not to accept Secretary Abad’s resignation and he would like to engage the people in continuing dialogue that will enable them to understand the key issues better and make informed decisions,” Coloma said.
Aquino on Friday rejected the resignation of Secretary Florencio Abad.
Abad said Saturday, “In the wake of the controversy surrounding the DAP—especially after the adverse Supreme Court ruling that declared parts of the program unconstitutional—it became clear to me that I must abide by the highest standards of accountability that we in the Aquino administration hold ourselves to.”
“I take full responsibility for my role in developing and implementing the DAP, as well as for the impact of the resulting controversy on the Administration’s governance agenda. It was therefore only fitting that I resign,” Abad added.