Opposition United Nationalist Alliance on Thursday took a swipe at Malacañang for immediately clearing Budget Secretary Butch Abad’s name in the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the administration even without conducting an investigation.
UNA Secretary General and Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco said that Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda was in no position to “give a blanket decree absolving anyone from liability without the benefit of any investigation.”
In doing so, the move was “clearly in ‘A-bad faith’,” clearly dig at the administration that the DAP was crafted and implemented “in good faith.”
Tiangco also criticized Malacañang’s propensity for clearing “yellow allies” that are involved in the DAP and Priority Development Assistance Fund scandal.
“What cards does Abad have (up) his sleeves that the President is so scared of him?” Tiangco asked. “Is PNoy worried that Abad will take him down with him and tell all he knows?”
He also demanded Abad to explain where the DAP funds went that were distributed to senators during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, “the P250 million Congressional E-Library, the P135 million spy gadgets purchased by the Presidential Security Group (PSG), to name a few.”
“Malinaw na may tinatago ang Malacanang at agad pinapawalang-sala ang mga nasa likod ng DAP kahit wala pang imbestigasyon. Cover-up is never done in good faith,” Tiangco said.