Drilon to DBM: Release DAP SAROs of lawmakers

Posted at 07/21/14 1:47 PM

MANILA - Senate President Franklin Drilon urged the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to release all documents relating to the Disbursement Acceleration Program, especially the special allotment release orders (SAROs) made available to lawmakers.

“The records are with the DBM and Secretary Florencio Abad said that the DBM is conducting a thorough research on the matter. Upon the completion of its report, the DBM should release them for the sake of transparency,” said Drilon.

Citing sources, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Monday that lawmakers account for 90 percent of the SAROs from the DAP.

The report went on to say that the individual SAROs were worth between P95,000 and P10 million.

“These are public records and it is only right that the public be given access to these documents so that they can scrutinize and find out if public funds were indeed put for public use,” Drilon said.

The administration has been heavily criticized for the alleged lack of transparency in the spending of the DAP.

The DAP first came to the public’s attention when Senator Jinggoy Estrada revealed it was used as incentive for those who moved to oust Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The Supreme Court would subsequently declare acts under the DAP unconstitutional.

Drilon, who has supported the DAP, also reiterated his call to the COA to conduct a comprehensive audit.

“The COA should heed calls for a complete audit of DAP. Only a COA report would dispel fears that these funds were used for personal gains,” he said.

COA is allegedly one of the recipients of the DAP.