After Senator Trillanes IV claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte has amassed great undeclared wealth not reflected in the latter's Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), Duterte hit back saying he will release the missed funds under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of former President Benigno Aquino and of his allies, and of Trillanes.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling out that the DAP is illegal, the Aquino administration continued to utilize it because it was Aquino's budget chief Florencio Abad's strategy in order to cover for the delayed start of the Aquino administration's public spending program.
"Despite of a constitutional ruling na bawal 'yang DAP, they continued to do it as if it was nobody's business," Duterte said.
Duterte pointed out that one of those who used DAP and misused it was Trillanes.
"Pati yung sila Trillanes, ang DAP nila, ilabas ko… ilan ang DAP nila? Paano nila nagastos? Duterte said explaining that these are the same people who project themselves as uncorrupt and accuse him of ill-gotten wealth.
Duterte also urged the media to not only focus on his administration, but to also investigate and report on the previous administration, especially ùuino and Abad.
Abad has already been penalized by the Ombudsman after the DAP issue surfaced, but many people criticized it saying that his penalty was only equivalent to six-months' worth of Abad's salary when still the budget chief.
Aquino was revealed to have used his DAP to buy the votes of senator-jurors during the impeachment case of former Chief Justice Renato Corona back in However, Aquino has never been penalized for his involvement which continues to be heatedly discussed up until now.