Lacierda disappointed with Arroyo
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda is disappointed with Senator Joker Arroyo who called PNoy’s spokespersons “indolent”.
“Out of respect, we would not respond to him. I was very disappointed,” Lacierda said in a press briefing Wednesday.
Lacierda said that he respects the senator but he is disappointed with him because he’s not vigorous in fighting corruption even if his election campaign slogan stated “Kung bad ka lagot ka.”
“Malaki po ang respeto ko kay Senator Arroyo. Siya po ang nagbansag sa amin na student council but mind you, this administration is practicing his slogan that’s why we filed cases,” he said.
Lacierda revealed that he has voted for the senator because he believes in his advocacy and he knows that the senator is “very impressive” especially during the Senate impeachment hearing against former chief justice Renato Corona.
“So the expectation of him was to speak strongly against corruption pero bakit talamak yung corruption nung panahon ni GMA (former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo)? at parang wala akong narinig na dragon na nagsasalita,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lacierda said the Palace remains firm that they are confident that they can defend the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
He said that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has already been abolished and it was no longer included in the proposed budget for 2014 as it was then parceled out to specific agencies.
Lacierda said that people want to declare the PDAF unconstitutional because they don’t want that what happened will continue. He also said that the Palace respects those people who question the constitutionality of PDAF and DAP. However, he said that wWhat the people should focus on, is to punish those who stole the people’s money
Lacierda said that two cases have already been filed relating to the Napoles issue, adding that the Office of the Ombudsman is already studying it.
Asked for reaction to Senator Panfilo Lacson’s denial that he received DAP funds for the malnutrition program of the Department of Science and Technology, Lacierda said that every legislator has encountered and should know the term realigned savings.
“With due respect to Sen. Lacson, the fact that he does not know DAP as a term does not denegate the fact that it existed prior to his knowledge,” he said.
It was in 2011 when the government has applied the program that realigned savings with the aim to accelerate spending.
In a radio interview this morning, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that decision on the constitutionality of PDAF and DAP now lies on the hands of the SC and this will be the basis and guide for future law making.
“Para sa akin, mas maganda na nasa SC yan kasi pag people’s initiative, aabutin tayo ng napakatagal. We have about 50 million voters, 12 percent nyan ay 6 million voters na kailangang pumirma for people’s initiative,” Macalintal said.
Macalintal said that if declared unconstitutional, there’s no need for a people’s initiative because it is automatic that the PDAF will be scrapped.