Coz time is short and I have to set things on the record.
For those, like me, who find themselves concerned and befuddled by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the controversy that has erupted around it, but have no particular wish to join the rabid, malice-afflicted hordes who are foolishly calling for the impeachment of President Aquino, I proffer the following list of links.
I do not pretend that this is a definitive set of readings in any way, but I will say that I’ve found these helpful in terms of forming my understanding of what the DAP is, notwithstanding my personal opinion that Aquino erred gravely* when he addressed the nation regarding the recent Supreme Court decision partially invalidating the program.
- Gov.ph: “Aquino government pursues P72.11-B disbursement acceleration plan" | "For the Record: DAP projects”
- Andrew Lim: “Waste segregation: Sorting the good critics from the bad”
- Mel Sta. Maria: “The DAP may be Constitutional after all" | "Understanding The President’s Response to the SC’s DAP Ruling”
- Benjamin Diokno: “The President as bully”
- Tony La Viña: “Misunderstanding the DAP decision”
- Randy David: “Are we facing a constitutional crisis?”
- Raissa Robles: “President Aquino’s dead mom, President Cory, may yet save her son from jail over DAP" | "Law dean wonders whether the Supreme Court defined ‘savings’ the way Filipinos understood it when they ratified the Constitution”
- Rene Saguisag: “Legal ‘threats’ ok, not bullying sabong critics see”
- Solita Collas-Monsod: “SC’s DAP decision and PH’s budget process”
- Mario M. Galang: “Pragmatism and the issue of means and ends”
*His error, in my view, was one of tone: haughty and belligerent, and therefore, finally, impolitic. Such characteristics do not automatically render his speech invalid or his conduct illegal, of course, but tone is the first thing that an audience grasps about any given utterance, and, if insensitively calibrated, can move said audience to respond reflexively, rather than with sober understanding. One reason, if not the main reason, that opponents of this administration—some of whom are not so much keen critics (that would require actual, rigorous thought) as obnoxious provocateurs—have been so successful in flogging the image of Aquino as a puerile, incompetent Chief Executive is that he has proven to be rather tone-deaf, always rising to the bait or baiting others in turn. His recent call for supporters to wear yellow ribbons doesn’t do him any favors.