I think the act of defying the Supreme Court is childish for PNOY to urge his supporters to wear yellow to show they backed him on his Disbursement Acceleration Program, parts of which were struck down as unconstitutional is just crazy.
It was childish of Aquino to call on his supporters to wear yellow.Why? Because a legal decision is not subject to a popularity vote. A referendum cannot overrule the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of what is legal or not legal, what is constitutional or not constitutional. There is no higher authority than the Supreme Court. We must learn to respect that.
There will bea looming constitutional crisis, expect the worst but pray for the best. PNOY is just “confrontational and disrespectful” of the Supreme Court when he defended his acts under the DAP.
I was shocked at the President’s claim that there was nothing illegal about the disbursements of the Aquino administration, because they were all done in good faith, and for the benefit of the economy. It was a disrespect of the constitutional arrangement that we have. We have three co-equal branches of government. That is how our democracy has been working. That is how it is supposed to work. What he did was not good.
The President’s blatant disobedience of the Supreme Court sets a bad example for the people. People will start disrespecting the rule of law and that is no good.
Malacanang could have merely filed a motion for reconsideration without making such a big deal out of it, instead of being confrontational.
“It was a 13-0 decision by the Sereno Court. So if we are going to be realistic, the Court is not going to reverse itself after a 13-0 decision. Even the four appointees of President Aquino voted in the 13-0,”
DAP allocations given to legislators were definitely pork barrel since they allowed legislators to fund projects outside the General Appropriations Act. Malacañang could move faster with DAP than Congress could pass a supplemental budget, but said this came at a price.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, dubbed the architect of DAP, is scheduled to appear before the Senate finance committee Thursday to answer questions about his controversial program.