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Phl president to appeal court’s ruling on DAP
In a televised address to the nation on Monday evening, the President defended the implementation of the DAP, saying it does not violate the Constitution.
He cited Book VI, Chapter 5, Section 39 of the 1987 Administrative Code of the Philippines, which he said allows the President to transfer savings to other projects.
“As you can see, this law openly gives the President the power to transfer savings to other projects. It does not limit the transfer to only one department or branch of government. In other words: We did not transgress the law when we implemented DAP,” Aquino said.
He said the Supreme Court has much to consider that it may better clarify its decision regarding the DAP, and hopefully realize its decision’s negative effect on the country.
“We will appeal the Supreme Court’s decision. We will do this by filing a Motion for Reconsideration, which will allow them to more fully and more conscientiously examine the law,” the President stressed.
The President further noted that his government does not want the two equal branches of government to go head-to-head, and eventually need congressional intervention.
He expressed his belief that, like his administration, the majority of the members of the Supreme Court want only the best for the Filipino people.
“To the honorable justices of the Supreme Court: Help us help our countrymen. We ask that you review your decision, this time taking into consideration the points I have raised tonight,” Aquino said.
He said that in the comings days, his Cabinet, as well as some beneficiaries of the DAP, will provide more information about the program.
In his address, President Aquino denied that the DAP is similar to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
“Finally, let me impress upon everyone: DAP is good. Our intentions, our processes, and the results were correct. Bosses, I promise you: I will not allow your suffering to be prolonged -- especially if we could do what we can as early as now,” he said.