Palace keeps distance from DAP audit

Posted at 07/07/14 3:53 PM

MANILA - Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda kept Malacanang’s distance from the audit of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

"Under the Constitution, the agency that is mandated and tasked to investigate the funds would be the Commission on Audit. As to what action they would take, we will defer to Chairman Grace Tan and the COA," he said.

The COA, which audits governments funds including the DAP, received P144 million for an IT infrastructure program and the hiring of additional litigation experts.

This was contained in an October 12, 2011 memo signed by President Benigno Aquino III himself.

Meantime, Lacierda said he is baffled why the Supreme Court ruled on the liability of the DAP backers.

He said the issue is about the constitutionality of the DAP alone. “Even American decisions do not go that far.”

Lacierda believes Malacanang has legal cover in case they are cited for liabilities in the DAP.

"We know that acts done in good faith are operative facts. So if it’s an operative fact, implied doon ang good faith," he said.