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DAP violates the constitution too

Petitioners against the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) also asked the Supreme Court to declare the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the government as unconstitutional.

The petitioners made the move after the high tribunal declared on Tuesday the PDAF or pork barrel unconstitutional.

Philippine Constitution Association chairman Manuel Lazaro explained that the DAP did not underwent equal protection clause, checks and balances system and principle of the public accountability, which is under the Constitution.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said that the sources of DAP funds could not be considered savings.

The group described the DAP as the president’s pork that constituted “budgetary dictatorship.”

“The only power of the President is to spend, not to allocate or transfer funds,” Zarate said.

In connection with this, the high court ordered Budget Secretary Butch Abad to submit the lists of government savings from the projects that were realigned as DAP.

The SC also wants Commission on Audit chairman Grace Pulido Tan to submit all COA circular order regarding the DAP fund.

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