Aquino Is Asking For 30-Days More To Counter The Complaint Against Him Regarding DAP
IN 2011, the Department of Budget and Management launched the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) as a budget mechanism meant to accelerate spending and boost the economy. But the Supreme Court declared the practice unconstitutional in February 2015.
Aquino and his budget secretary Florencio Abad, were accused of diverting funds appropriated in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 budget laws to programs they themselves identified and approved.
In July this year, Aquino received a 26-page complaint for technical malversation, usurpation of legislative powers, and graft and corruption. A week after Aquino completed his term on June 30 and lost his presidential immunity.
The complainants included Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption chair Dante Jimenez, social activist Mae Paner (Juana Change), and the heads of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Gabriela, Kadamay and Philippine Heart Center Employees Association-Alliance of Health Workers
Aquino had received his copy of the Ombudsman’s order to submit his counter-affidavit on Sept. 8, giving him until Sept. 18 to rebut the allegations.
But Aquino is asking for an additional 30 days to respond to the technical malversation complaint filed against him over his role in the outlawed DAP.
In a two-page motion filed on Sept. 13, lawyers of the Go and Umali law firm said that Aquino had only recently engaged their services in the case and they needed more time to study it. They asked the Ombudsman for an “additional period of thirty days” to confer with their client, but denied that this was meant to purposely delay the proceedings.[source]