Cayetano: PNoy may
have lost a battle, but he is winning the war against corruption
By Office of the Senate
July 6, 2014
PASAY CITY –
“Although Malacañang lost the battle, I think they have won the war.”
Senate Majority Floor Leader
Alan Peter Cayetano said this as he welcomed the recent decision of
the Supreme Court declaring specific acts under the President Aquino’s
Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.
“Malacañang lost in the
sense that mali na na-augment nang walang item sa budget, mali na i-consider
ito na savings na hindi pa nagagastos... But it shows that democracy
is alive, it shows checks and balances, it shows the respect of the
President sa Supreme Court, kaya dapat sundin natin ang desisyon ng
Supreme Court,” the senator said.
The Chief Executive and
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad have earlier defended the
controversial initiative, saying it was necessary to fast-track growth
in the economy.
This, however, was
criticized by SC justices, who pointed out that the cross-border
transfer of funds from one government branch to another was not
allowed in the Constitution.
Following the high court’s
decision, several groups have expressed their dismay over the
President and the budget chief for implementing the stimulus fund.
Some advocates also called for Abad’s resignation and for Aquino’s
But Cayetano believed that
instead of considering the decision as a defeat by the current
administration, people should look at it as one of Aquino’s great
achievements insofar as the justice system in the country is
“The decision shows that the
justice system works… Noong panahon ng Arroyo administration, either
hindi yan i-take up o patay-malisya lang,” he said.
Reacting to calls for an
impeachment trial against the President, the Senate leader said Aquino
cannot be held culpable for merely adopting what the previous
administrations did, adding that the money which was allotted to fund
several projects were spent in good faith and were not stolen.
“Iba yung ninakaw mo, iba
yung in good faith. Ginawa mo ang akala mong tama, pero sinabi ng
Supreme Court, mali ang proseso. Agree ako na mali, agree ako na
Kongreso ang dapat mag-appropriate. But disagree ako sa nagpapalabo ng
isyu na sinasabing ikulong na ang mga yan dahil hindi naman nila
ninakaw ang pera,” he said.
“The DAP was an honest
mistake on the part of Malacañang because they adopted what the
previous administrations did. Some constitutional bodies and other
departments also did the same thing. Mauubos ang nasa gobyerno kung
tuwing merong unconstitutional, ipapakulong niyo sila, kasi ang
illegal, immoral at unconsititutional, magkakaiba yun… Let's be
reasonable, let's welcome the decision and implement it fully but
let's not go overboard,” he added.