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    Phl lawmaker: Aquino should say 'sorry'

    PARTYLIST Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan of the women’s group Gabriela on Monday urged Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to say “sorry” to the Filipino people when he delivers his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) this afternoon at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.
    Ilagan said President Aquino’s administration failed to fulfill its campaign promises, one of which is to uplift the lives of the poorest of the poor because of massive graft and corruption committed by his political allies.
    In an early morning interview over dzRH Radio-Manila, the militant lawmaker made mention of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds that went to the pockets of President Aquino’s chosen men.
    It can be recalled that portions of DAP funds were allegedly used by the Aquino administration in bribing senators to impeach former Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.
    Opposition lawmakers claimed Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad is the brain of DAP, which was declared by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.
    Abad had been grilled by the Senate finance committee regarding the DAP controversy.
    During the Senate hearing held last week, opposition quarters alleged that Senate President Franklin Drilon acted as Abad’s legal counsel in his interrogation.
    They claimed Drilon answered his own questions when he cross-examined Abad.

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