(Update) DAP case already moot and academic — OSG

January 28, 2014 11:19 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Tuesday said that the case on Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) pending before the Supreme Court (SC) is now considered as moot and academic.

During his presentation in the oral arguments before the SC on Tuesday, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza said that the DAP case is already moot and academic because the DAP as a program is no longer existing.

Because of this, Jardeleza pointed out that any questions on DAP should not anymore focus on the entire program, but rather, on the particulars which were allotted savings of government under the DAP.

Likewise, Jardeleza dared the petitioners against DAP to just select from the 116 projects funded by DAP which they would like to be invalidated.

He said that the details of the DAP projects will be submitted by the OSG to the SC on Feb. 5, 2014.

Meanwhile, Jardeleza also urged the SC to be meticulous in limiting the constitutional authority of the President and the Congress in connection with the budget processes.

He said that by doing so, the two branches of government can properly address the needs of the country.

Jardeleza cited some of the projects funded by DAP such as the purchase of the “doppler radars” used for weather forecasting, purchase of 3D maps for the “Project Noah” aiding in flood forecasting; payment of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Premium for the 93,500 public school teachers; electrification of more than 2,000 “sitios” and the construction of almost 40,000 classrooms nationwide. (PNA)

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