When the Supreme Court ruled that the Disbursement Acceleration Project (DAP) as unconstitutional, it is as if the collegial body boiled a chicken for people to skim off its impurities because of the furor the decision has created.
These impurities that bubbled up are the little known DAP and the obscure Administrative Code of 1987. Two small asteroids that collide the debris of which tend to rift apart the check and balance of the Judicial and Executive Branch of the government of the Philippines.
In an attempt to shift the public outrage from the PDAF scam to which Sen. Jinggoy and the other senators had been pilloried, Jinggoy released the DAP bombshell in his Privilleged Speech in the Senate. The bombshell as later developed, insinuates that the DAP fund had been used by P’Noy ally, particularly the Budget Secretary Butch Abad, to bribe the Senators to convict the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on the latter’s impeachment case.
While the PDAF had a temporary distraction because of Jinggoy’s expose, the DAP bombshell has however created a collateral damage. The DAP snowballed. P’Noy critics and bashers demanded P’Noy’s blood. As the people thought that the PDAF and DAP are one and the same, the people’s outrage reached to a crescendo that they want the Supreme Court to declare that these two are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court did.
For the PDAF, the people are overjoyed of the Supreme Court’s decision. “There is a God after all,” they claimed, especially when several players of the PDAF scam get jailed. For the DAP, the people are divided with mixed reaction. P’Noy and Abad took the cudgel, though. P’Noy approval rating plummeted. As soon as the Supreme Court’s ruling was out, perennial impeachment complainer, Oliver Lozano, filed an impeachment complaint, followed by Augusto Syjuco, former head of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) who had a dress down from P’Noy in his 2013 State of the Nation Address. The Kabataan party-list and “Youth Act Now group” filed plunder charge against Abad to the Office of the Ombudsman.
The unconstitutionality of the DAP is a different animal, however. P’Noy, in his address to the nation explained his legal bases where he anchored the DAP to the Administrative Code of 1987, the Marcos Presidential Decree 1177 that has been added up en Toto to Cory Aquino’s Freedom Constitution. The DAP that the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional, on P’Noy’s mind, the Administrative Code of 1987 have provisions that addressed its constitutionality. He further added that the Supreme Court had probably not given its due consideration. P’Noy, impassioned of his frustration of the court’s decision, because he believed he did the right thing for the betterment of his people said, Malacanang would file a motion for consideration, and added a doubled edge statement. He said, in effect, let’s not wait that another equal branch of the government get into play to settle the issue.
The Supreme Court boiled a chicken where people who are watching participated in skimming off its impurities. That only shows that democracy works.