Senator Antonio Trillanes was asked by Senator Nancy Binay to explain the 245 million pesos in Disbursement Acceleration Program funds which was allocated to him from 2011 to 2012, the highest of all senators.
“Maybe it’s better that he does the explaining and show where the P245-million DAP went in a span of just one year,” she said.
Asked for a comment, Trillanes said he is ready to defend the DAP or pork barrel allegations under his name.
He said all his projects are posted on his website.
Binay said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad seemed to favor Trillanes with millions in funds from DAP, which the Supreme Court (SC) has declared unconstitutional.
She said she wonders if the senator was the Budget manager’s favorite.
“I am wondering if Trillanes is a favorite of Abad of the DBM,” she said in Filipino, referring to the Department of Budget and Management chief.
Because when I computed the allocation for Trillanes, it came out as P245 million. There’s Oplan Stop Nognog for 2016… Now I found out that Sen. Trillanes got P245 million DAP from Sec. Abad,” she said in Filipino. So if you connect the dots, they are all together, right? In a span of one year, he got P245 million from 2011 to 2012″
DBM documents on DAP showed funds amounting to 245 million was in fact released to Trillanes.
Binay said it came to Trillanes’ hands in three tranches, and were not the same with the 200 million annual DAP given to each senator.
“PDAF was different from DAP,” she said. “We don’t know if there are others.
Trillanes said he got the DAP and PDAF allocations when these were not yet declared unconstitutional.
“All of these were audited by COA and they did not see any negative findings,” he said..
Senator Jinggoy Estrada revealed that senators got P50 million in DAP funds in mid-2011 to vote in favor of convicting then chief justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial.