Negros Occidental gov backs President Aquino on DAP, says funds benefited the people

BACOLOD CITY, July 15 (PNA) -– Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has openly supported the position of President Benigno Aquino III on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

“We should thank the President that there was surplus in the budget unlike his predecessor,” Marañon said Tuesday, reacting to Mr. Aquino’s speech Monday explaining the use of the DAP.

The President appealed to the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision declaring unconstitutional some provisions of the DAP, saying that its implementation is an efficient way of spending the budget.

Mr. Aquino added that it follows the law and adheres to the mandate granted to the Executive Branch.

Marañon said he agrees with the President as he pointed out that the funds under the DAP did not go to Mr. Aquino’s pockets but to projects that benefited the people.

“The previous administrations have their own versions of the DAP,” the governor said.

He added that administration critics are expected to believe that whatever the Aquino administration does is wrong.

“What is clear is that under Aquino, the economy improved,” Marañon said. (PNA)