'Less than 9% of DAP funds used by lawmakers'
MANILA - House Speaker Sonny Belmonte on Thursday said less than 9% of all funds coursed through the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program was used in projects picked by legislators.
Belmonte maintained that the DAP is "100% legal," citing the power of the heads of the executive, legislative, judiciary and constitutional bodies to realign savings.
He said most the funds channeled through DAP led to rapid economic growth in the country.
He said in 2011, spending slowed down as the DPWH reviewed projects to bring down costs. This is where the DAP funds were sourced.
"Less than 9% went to the choices of legislators what went to legislators ? Zero. Legislators never saw one centavo of money but they were allowed to identify something that amounted to 9%. What happened to 91%? Nandiyan, take a look at total."
The DAP became controversial after critics claimed it was used as incentives to senators supportive of the administration.