Pinagtibay ng Court of Appeals (CA) ang desisyon nito hinggil sa pananagutan ni dating Budget Sec. Butch Abad sa kontrobersya ng Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Batay sa 15-pahinang desisyon ng CA Special 14th Division na may petsang February 27, kinatigan ng mahistrado ang findings ng Office of the Ombudsman para idiin si Abad bilang guilty sa kasong simple misconduct.
Ibinasura rin nito ang petisyon ng dating Budget secretary na humihiling na baligtarin ang desisyon ng anti-graft body.
“To be sure, Abad may not successfully evade liability by invoking good faith. While Abad’s desire to fast-track public spending and push economic growth is laudable and the implementation of the DAP, in fact, undeniably yielded positive results that enhanced the economic welfare of the country, his defenses cannot override the clear mandate of the law,” ani Associate Justice Zenaida Galapate-Laguilles.
“It is of no consequence, then, that no malice or corrupt motive impelled Abad into adopting the flawed procedures. As responsible public officer, Abad ought to have been well aware that he has no authority to overrule the requirements established rules and the fundamental law of the land,” nakasaad pa sa desisyon.
Nauna ng naglabas ng desisyon ang Korte Suprema na nagsabing unconstitutional ang DAP.
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