Aquino Senate allies help Cabinet defend DAP

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Aquino Senate allies help Cabinet defend DAP

Senate President Franklin Drilon and other Aquino allies at the Senate helped the Cabinet defend the administration’s accelerated spending program, with one of them dismissing the controversy over it as a mere “communication problem.” Drilon sought to debunk criticism of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) by helping Budget Secretary Florencio Abad explain that the stimulus measure was done by past administrations, has legal basis, and benefitted both administration and opposition lawmakers. Abad faced the Senate to defend the administration’s controversial spending program, saying a Supreme Court decision declaring key acts under it unconstitutional could reverse economic growth in one of Asia’s best performing economies.

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