Palace admits DAP may have been misused
BALI, INDONESIA – Malacañang admitted on Saturday that funds allotted for lawmakers' projects under the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) may have been misused, reason why it suspended the release of DAP funds to lawmakers.
"I think it's very clear there's a problem. COA [Commission on Audit] is looking into it. Based on whatever COA comes out, a process will happen. Just like in PDAF, COA looked into it, there was a decision that there was enough evidence to take action, and that was done," Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang told reporters ahead of President Aquino's attendance in the APEC summit here.
"In light of these reports that are coming out, I think the responsible thing to do is to suspend that portion of program which has been seen to have had some questionable benefits...that's the prudent thing to do and I think the public would also expect the same thing, 'pag may nakita kayong mali dito, oops, tigil muna 'yan, pag aralan muna kung ano ang pwedeng gawin, pero pansamantalang [itigil] muna 'yan."
Carandang said that cabinet secretaries will be showing in the coming days where the DAP funds have gone to demonstrate that these have been to good use.
He said that worthwhile projects funded under the DAP should continue.
The Palace said that the release of DAP funds to lawmakers was suspended around the same time when the release of the remaining PDAF funds for 2013 was also suspended.