- Posted July 14, 2014 by
Phl president dares Supreme Court
This statement was the meat of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s televised address from the Heroes’ Hall of Malacanang Palace in Manila when he defended Monday night the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) his administration spent.
“We do not want two equal branches of government to go head to head, needing a third branch to step in to intervene. We find it difficult to understand your decision. You had done something similar in the past, and you tried to do it again; there are even those of the opinion that what you attempted to commit was far graver,” Aquino further dared the high court in his address.
The President, however, said his administration hopes that the decision will be overturned is a monumental one although it had also been warned that pushing through with this motion might put us in greater danger.
The legal team of Malacanang Palace is expected to file a motion for reconsideration at the Supreme Court against its decision, declaring DAP as unconstitutional.
Abiding by the principle of 'presumption of regularity,' he said his administration assumed that the justices of the high court did the right thing; “after all, you are the ones who should ostensibly have a better understanding of the law.”
“And now, when we use the same mechanism -- which, you yourselves have admitted, benefit our countrymen -- why is it then that we are wrong?” Aquino asked.
To the honorable justices of the Supreme Court, Aquino further said: “Help us help our countrymen. We ask that you review your decision, this time taking into consideration the points I have raised tonight. The nation hopes for your careful deliberation and response. And I hope that once you’ve examined the arguments I will submit, regarding the law and about our economy, solidarity will ensue -- thus strengthening the entire government’s capability to push for the interests of the nation.”