DAP controversy not over with PNoy's speech: analyst
MANILA -- The televised speech of President Benigno Aquino that preempted primetime programs on Wednesday left more questions than answers over the controversy on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), a political analyst said.
In an interview with dzMM, University of Sto. Tomas political science professor Edmund Tayao said while Aquino's speech highlighted the benefits of DAP, the President failed to give the details about the mechanism and legality of the controversial fund.
"Pinag-uusapan natin dito yung lehitimong proseso ng paggamit nito (DAP). At pag titingnan mo yung GAA (General Appropriations Act), wala ka namang makikitang DAP doon e. In fact, kung di ako nagkakamali yung pangalang DAP ay na-coin lang nitong takbo ng pinag-uusapan ang PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund)," he said.
He added that while the President insists that the DAP is being used correctly under his administration, he is worried how Aquino's successors will handle the funds, given that the legal issues would not be addressed in full detail.
Tayao said that he acknowledges the popularity of Aquino, but the President should use this to institutionalize reforms which will benefit the next administrations.
"Hindi naman habambuhay si PNoy ang presidente. Kung hindi natin hihimayin yung kakulangan sa proseso o sa tamang paggamit ng tinatawag nating DAP, hindi natin alam kung sino maging presidente sa susunod," he said.
Aquino, in his speech, said the DAP is not illegal and allowed by the Constitution, but did not elaborate.
Instead, he stressed that the DAP was instrumental in the country's economic gains, and other projects and programs such as the Department of Science and Technology's Project Noah.
Aquino's speech came after pork barrel scam pulled down his satisfaction ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.