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PRESS STATEMENT: ACT Teachers Rep. Tinio on Presidential abuse of budget realignment through the DAP

2 October 2013 No Comment

October 2, 2013
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on Presidential abuse of budget realignment through the DAP

It is a little-known fact that, since 2010, the Aquino administration has introduced numerous provisions in the General Appropriations Act that have further strengthened the President’s power to impound Congressional appropriations and realign funds at his discretion. We exposed these changes during the budget debates and proposed amendments that would reassert Congressional oversight over budget implementation, but these amendments were rejected by a compliant House.

The so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is the smoking gun that illustrates how the President abuses the power to impound and realign the budget for purposes not even authorized by Congress in the GAA. DAP is nothing less than the President arrogating unto himself the power of the purse. It is Presidential discretion over public funds gone wild. It shows how Presidential pork is generated at the budget execution stage, by the President declaring savings in the middle of the fiscal year, so that he can then realign the funds as he sees fit.

Former President Gloria Arroyo was notorious in abusing reenacted budgets to give the Executive control over huge chunks of the budget. President Aquino has been grossly abusing the Presidential powers of impoundment and realignment to do the same. In both cases, the objective is to enable the President to dispense political patronage. The controversy involving DAP further strengthens the arguments for the abolition of all Presidential pork. ###

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