30 October 2013
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
President Aquino’s message rehashed some statements previously articulated by Malacañang regarding the PDAF scam, the DAP, and the President’s Social Fund. His main message, asking everyone to focus on the prosecution of those who stole from PDAF, is gratuitous, at best. The public has no intention whatsoever of letting the PDAF plunderers off the hook. This in no way precludes anyone from questioning the DAP. Contrary to what the President would have us believe, these are not mutually exclusive.
At worst, the President’s message indicates Aquino’s continuing refusal to acknowledge that there are valid Constitutional and legal questions regarding his possible abuse of Presidential powers over appropriations through the DAP. Furthermore, his depiction of Congress as an institution incapable of providing supplemental appropriations in response to emergency situations, thereby justifying Presidential pork, betrays the President’s utter lack of respect for a co-equal branch of government and a cavalier attitude to basic Constitutional tenets. Ultimately, Aquino’s speech boiled down to an assertion of moral exceptionalism, a vigorous defense of Presidential pork, and a repudiation of the public clamor for its abolition. #