Senator Bam Aquino has supported calls on the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct a special audit on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to, once and for all, remove doubts and other controversies hounding it.
“A special audit is needed so that doubts regarding DAP’s use will be put to rest,” said Aquino during the hearing of the Senate finance committee on DAP.
Through a special audit, Aquino said it would be determined if funds really went to legitimate projects or if somebody benefitted illegally from it.
“If somebody irregularly gained from it, then he or she should be prosecuted,” Aquino emphasized.
Aquino also stressed that DAP should not be associated with the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was scrapped after the P10-billion scam was uncovered last year.
“The DAP helped boost the economy through projects that benefited the Filipino people while P10 billion from PDAF went to ghost non-government organizations and pockets of several politicians,” Aquino stressed.
The senator also lauded the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) posting all documents related to DAP on the agency’s website for transparency and accountability.
“We invite everyone to take a look and scrutinize where the funds went,” Aquino said.
Meanwhile, Aquino expressed support behind the government’s move to file a motion for reconsideration on the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter.
“I hope the SC will weigh the President’s position on the DAP’s constitutionality and act favorably on the matter,” the senator said.