Villegas sees SC ruling on DAP to lead to prosecution of erring govt officials

February 5, 2015 6:07 am 

MANILA, Feb 4 — Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that people are hoping that recent ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) will pave the way for the investigation and prosecution of those who were involved in the use of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

“It is also hoped that those who knowingly and deliberately misused public funds in a manner declared illegal by the Supreme Court should now be investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted,” he said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Villegas added, “The CBCP renews its call for a government that truly serves the nation and that truly avoids all forms of corruption and deceit.”

The Lingayen-Dagupan prelate also urged the people to abide by the Rule of Law by complying with the decretal provisions of the Supreme Court's judgment and resolution.

He added that the CBCP will conduct its own study with the aid of consultants and experts.

“Together, we hope to make proposals for change, if these should be deemed necessary, either by legislation or even by constitutional amendment,” Villegas said.

Likewise, he called on legal academics and other concerned citizens to study the implications of the latest Supreme Court resolution on the controversial DAP. (PNA)

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