Aquino admitted that the DAP allocations may have been misused even if the funds were channeled through government agencies.
“The DAP is not theft. Theft is illegal. Spending through DAP is clearly allowed by the Constitution and by other laws. DAP is only a name for a process in which government can spend both savings and new additional revenues,” Aquino said.
In a televised speech, the President lambasted detractors, saying those involved in the misuse of the PDAF are obviously the ones behind a smear campaign that involves lumping questions on DAP spending with the pork barrel mess.
DAP was constitutional and that it had been effectively used as a mechanism to stimulate economic growth, President Aquino said, Philistar.com has full transcript of Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s televised speech.