The Supreme Court dismissed a petition that aims to urge the Ombudsman to investigate and, if enough evidence are produced, to file impeachment cases against outgoing President Aquino and his Cabinet members in relation with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The decision was handed down by the high court on Tuesday days before President Aquino will step down from office this June 30. The petition was filed August last year by then Manila Councilor Greco Belgica and the President’s own aunt, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco.
“The acts compelled by petitioners are not ministerial acts but discretionary acts”, reasoned by the supreme court as they handed down the decision.
The petitioners pointed out that since the DAP and the PDAF has been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, the one behind their misuse must be probed and charged by the Ombudsman.
The DAP are government funds moved from department to department which should have been for need, whereas the PDAF was the “pork barrel” or discretionary funds given to legislators as benefits of their members.