Supreme Court: Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) partly unconstitutional

The Supreme Court unanimously declared some acts and practices under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

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SC spokesman Theodore Te said during a press conference Tuesday morning that the high court finds the following violative of the Philippine Constitution:

a) The withdrawal of unobligated allotment from the implementing agencies and the declaration of the withdrawn unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations as savings prior to the end of the fiscal year and without complying with the statutory definition of savings contained in the General Appropriation Act;

b) The cross-border transfers of the savings of the Executive to augment the appropriations of other offices outside the Executive;

c) Funding of projects and activities and programs that were not covered by any appropriation in the GAA.

According to ABS-CBN News, the SC also declared as void the use of unprogrammed funds despite the absence of a certification by the National Treasurer that the revenue collections exceeded the revenue targets for non-compliance with the conditions provided by the GAA.

Critics of the Aquino administration called the DAP "presidential pork" and was allegedly used to bribe senators during the Corona impeachment trial.

Budget secretary Florencio Abad reportedly said funds under the DAP were realigned savings meant to boost government spending. MalacaƱang is expected to release an official statement on the Supreme Court ruling within the day.