Budget Secretary Butch Abad should resign — and not only because he takes attention and energies away from the trial of the plunder senators (Enrile, Estrada, Revilla and their cohorts like Napoles and Gigi Reyes).
He should resign because he presided (as alter ego of the President) over the crafting and implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), a grave subversion of what could have been a landmark program.
Abad-w-Ehanced-DBM-logoAbad had urged people to campaign against PDAF, all the while orchestrating DAP and the defense of DAP — which, by the way, also went to the same Napoles NGOs named in the PDAF scams.
Abad was a former legislator. He is an experienced executive branch senior official. There was no way he, nor his Boss, President Aquino — who, as senator, filed a bill to control impoundment abuses — could not have known that the nuts and bolts of DAP were unconstitutional.
I’m all for his resignation. I do not think he pocketed huge sums. I believe, however, that he and his colleagues and their Boss wilfully ignored all alarm bells — and, yes, warnings from worried insiders — because of a worldview, which holds that self-proclaimed noble intentions (good faith, is the current byword) should absolve you of blame for legal shortcuts.