Metro Manila— Former President Benigno Aquino III still mum about the issue over the Php 72 Billion DAP controversy. The Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday ordered Noynoy to motion for reconsideration filed on March 13 by BayanMuna representative Carlos Isagani Zarate.
They want Noynoy to be accountable and held liable for usurpation of legislative and power abuse as well as Abad for grave misconduct. The Ombudsman is now giving Aquino and other respondents 15 days, from date of notice, to respond to the motion.
Aquino approved the DAP proposed by Abad in October 2011. It was aimed to boost economic growth through fast-tracking the release of funds for priority projects of the government.
The DAP tapped the power of the President over the use of standby funds in the national budget, funds for unfilled government positions, unreleased funds from slow-moving and halted projects, and funds for projects that did not yet have contracts.
On March 7, the Ombudsman cleared Aquino of liabilities over the DAP, while it found probable cause to charge Abad for violating Article 239 the Revised Penal Code or the usurpation of legislative powers.
This stemmed from Abad's issuance of National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 541 in 2012, which authorized the "withdrawal of unobligated allotments of agencies with low levels of obligations." This is contrary to law, according to the Ombudsman.
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Source: CNN Philippines