Militant group Bayan on Friday blasted President Benigno Aquino III for his refusal to accept the resignation of Budget Secretary Butch Abad over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) controversy.
“President Aquino’s rejection of DBM (Department of Budget and Management) Secretary Butch Abad’s resignation shows that the President is still in a state of denial regarding the illegality of the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program),” Renato Reyes Jr., Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general, said in a statement.
“He is protecting Abad and in turn protecting himself. Let us all remember that Aquino and Abad are in the same boat as both signed the memos ordering the DAP releases,” Reyes added.
On Friday morning, Aquino revealed that he rejected the resignation filed by Abad on Thursday.
“I decided not to accept his resignation,” Aquino said during a televised budget presentation in Malacañang Friday morning.
Abad filed his resignation to Aquino amid the criticisms he received over his supposed creation of the DAP, parts were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
“The President’s retention of Abad is a stubborn defense of DAP and everything wrong with it, in the face of a clear, unanimous Supreme Court (SC) ruling. In his retention of Abad, the President is party to the cover-up of DAP misdeeds,” Reyes said.
“It is utterly disgusting and strengthens calls for the impeachment of the President.”
“Parang binastos lang din niya ang SC (He just ridiculed the SC),” he added.