Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
July 6


THE House independent minority bloc urged yesterday the House leadership to summon Budget Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad Jr. to a question hour to shed light on the many undisclosed and confusing details regarding the controversial utilization of P157 billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, head of the bloc, and Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said it is high time for the government to reveal in public the total amount released for DAP.

Romualdez stressed that the question hour is aimed at making clarifications for accountability and transparency purposes especially now that the Supreme Court (SC) declared portions of DAP unconstitutional.

With the SC ruling, Romualdez said the issue of sub judice rule on DAP can no longer be invoked and Abad should address their concerns.

“We are all for transparency and accountability and the question hour will give us answers to so many confusing DAP details. It (question hour) was meant to seek clarifications,” Romualdez, a lawyer and president of

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