Breaking News: Ombudsman Morales Indicts Sec. Abad for DAP Controversy Involving P72 Billion


The Office of the Ombudsman headed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has found probable cause to charge former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Abad, a close ally of former Pres. Aquino with violation of Article's 239 (Usurpation of Legislative Powers) of the Revised Penal Code.


According to the Office of the Ombudsman, the charge steams from Sec. Abad's unlawful issuance of National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 451 to carry out the implementation of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) involving P72 billion.

The NBC No. 451 authorizes the withdrawal of unobligated allotment of agencies with low levels of obligations as of June 30, 2012.

The former DBM Secretary, Florencio Abad was also found guilty of Simple Misconduct and ordered suspended for three months. However, considering his separation from the service, the penalty is convertible to fine equivalent to his salary for three months.

The cases arose from the complaint filed by Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate, Renato Reyes, Benjamin Valbuena, Dante LA Jimenez, Mae Paner, Antonio Flores, Gloria Arellano and Bonifacio Carmona, Jr. 
 
During the investigation, the Ombudsman found that by issuing NBC No. 541, Abad unlawfully encroached on the powers of Congress by effectively modifying the provisions on savings of the 2012 General Appropriations Act (GAA). 
 
According to Ombudsman Morales, “NBC No. 541 provided the principal bases for the withdrawal of unobligated allotments which were declared as savings and used to fund PAPs (programs, activities and projects) under the DAP. The issuance of this circular is an act of usurpation. This is contrary to law.” 
 
During the year 2014, the Supreme Court of the Philippines declared unconstitutional the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as well as the PDAF. 

Source: PTV News


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