What is the difference in Gov Degamo’s using P480Million in calamity fund and Pres PNOy Aquino’s (mis)use of P144-Billion in DAP funds or the Disbursement Acceleration Fund?
Big difference and big similarities.
Firstly, both are executive officers, authorized to disburse big funds.
Second, the calamity fund which Gov Degamo insisted in using was constitutional and legal funds. While the DAP funds used or mis-used by Pres . Aquino (by his order and approval ) was unconstitutional and illegal said the Supreme Court in finality.
Third, while Degamo disbursed legal funds , he was dismissed because of his act of “defiance.” But for PNOy, his act of disbursing P144-BILLION in DAP funds was declared ILLEGAL. In a similar vein, will PNoy not also be sacked and be held liable after his term expires on June 30? —like what happened to Degamo?
Legal circles should consider playing with this legal ballgame because surely these will be one for the books again.
In fact PNoy is ready with his legal defense by saying “ the DAP which diverted government savings to other projects not included in the General Appropriations Act—to boost economic growth—— benefited all Filipinos. How can that be wrong? These were also practiced by my predecessors.”