MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman will finally investigate the transactions under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to see if crime has been committed by several officials involved.
In a statement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said: "In light of the Supreme Court’s Decision on the DAP case, we are initiating an investigation into the matter."
Morales said a special task force will investigate how DAP funds were spent and who could be held liable following the adverse ruling of the Supreme Court.
The Ombudsman Act provides that the office can investigate any serious misconduct in office allegedly committed by impeachable officers.
The Ombudsman said the investigation is only for the purpose of filing a verified complaint for impeachment if warranted.
The SC yesterday declared several acts under the DAP unconstitutional. To summarize, the high court said the executive can only use and transfer money to other agencies if this is in the form of savings and is appropriated under the General Appropriations Act.
The discretionary fund earlier hit the headlines when Senator Jinggoy Estrada bared that several senators received some P50 million to P100 million supposedly in exchange for voting to convict former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Several quarters have raised the possibility of impeaching President Benigno Aquino III, or at the very least, the removal of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad from office.