Angara doesn't see constitutional crisis

Posted at 07/15/14 5:05 PM

MANILA - Senator Sonny Angara said the decision of the Supreme Court on the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) must be respected once it becomes final.

In an interview, Angara said he does not see a constitutional crisis happening, saying that the Constitution exists to resolve conflicts on law.

"That's why the Constitution is there precisely to intervene in times like these. Of course, the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the law so whatever the decision is (on) DAP, it must be respected," Angara told reporters.

Angara is giving President Aquino the benefit of the doubt, believing that the administration implemented the DAP "in good faith" and that funds were put to good use.

"I support the President in that sense that when he was executing the DAP and releasing funds before the Supreme Court decision, in good faith 'yun at walang kaparusahan doon sa ginawa nila ni Secretary Abad sapagkat kahit kami sa Kongreso, paniwala namin makatarungan at ayon sa batas naman 'yung ginagawa nila. Pero ngayon na nagsalita na ang Supreme Court, kailangan galangin natin once maging final na ang decision," he said.

President Benigno Aquino earlier defended the DAP and criticized the Supreme Court for its ruling declaring the economic stimulus program unconstitutional.

He insisted the government never violated the law and said his administration merely sought to hasten the release of funds to provide for the needs of the public.

"My message to the Supreme Court: We do not want two equal branches of government to go head to head, needing a third branch to step in to intervene. We find it difficult to understand your decision," he said in a televised nationwide address.