Ex-Pres. Aquino Asks Ombudsman to Dismiss His Alleged Involvement in the P72-Billion DAP Case


The Office of the Ombudsman was asked by former Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III to dismiss with finality the administrative and criminal charges filed against the President for his alleged involvement in the controversial P72-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).


Former Pres. Aquino was charged for his alleged involvement in the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program which was already declared by the Supreme Court of the Philippines as "unconstitutional."

The request of ex-President Aquino was made through his counter-affidavit to the motion for reconsideration (MR) filed jointly by Bayan Muna Rep. Isagani Zarate and 10 other caused-oriented groups with the Ombudsman questioning the March 3 decision of the anti-graft body that cleared the former of any criminal liability on the utilization of DAP.


Former Pres. Aquino's closest ally former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, filed his motion for reconsideration (MR) assailing the Ombudsman's finding of probable cause to charge him for usurpation of the legislative power of Congress as well as the administrative charges of simple misconduct.

Meanwhile, the MR of the complainants insisted that Aquino, together with Abad, should be indicted for technical malversation of public funds, usurpation of legislative power, and corruption for diverting unspent allotments of various government agencies to the Office of the President to finance selected projects.

Former Pres. Aquino's explanation stated that the DAP was crafted in 2011 to accelerate public spending and avert the economic downturn. He pointed out that the DAP fast-tracked public spending on projects already existing in the budget to enhance the country's economic growth.

Source: Manila Bulletin


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