SC to answer PNoy's allegations - Te

Posted at 07/23/2014 7:10 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) is expected to tackle the allegations raised by President Aquino when it issues its ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) appeal.

SC spokesman Theodore Te, in a text message to reporters, said: "As the President himself has said in his speech, the matters he discussed are all in the [motion for reconsideration] filed by the government; the SC will address all matters raised in the various MRs when it renders its resolution on the MRs.”

In his speech on Wednesday morning, President Benigno Aquino III again hit the Supreme Court for declaring unconstitutional the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Aquino cited instances whereby the SC supposedly made cross-border transfers, an act declared unconstitutional in the DAP.
“Ito po ang mga halimbawa: Noong Hulyo 2012, may savings ang Korte Suprema na nagkakahalaga ng 1.865 billion pesos. Inilaan ito para dagdagan ang pondong pampagawa ng Manila Hall of Justice. Ang totoo nga po, noong Agosto ng taong iyon, nag-groundbreaking na sila para sa bagong gusali. Ang problema lang po, nasa ilalim ng Department of Justice ang item ng ating budget para sa proyektong ito. Malinaw po: Ang pera ng hudikatura, inilaan nila para sa proyektong ehekutibo dapat ang gumagawa,” he said.

The instances cited by Aquino this morning was also mentioned in the government’s motion for reconsideration filed last Friday.

The MR will be tackled by the SC.
Yesterday, the high court asked the petitioners to comment on the government’s appeal.