It appears that the DAP issue is coming back to hound former President Pnoy Aquino via the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine scandal.
That is the opinion of La Salle Professor Antonio Contreras in his Facebook post on the morning of December 5, 2017.
On Facebook, Contreras writes:
“So the DAP issue is coming back to haunt PNoy through Dengvaxia. These are the facts:
1. The 3.5 billion pesos used to purchase the vaccine was from savings from personnel-related items.
2. Such money was transferred to DOH to finance an unprogrammed item not under the 2016 GAA.
The Supreme Court has already ruled DAP to be unconstitutional at the time Dengvaxia was purchased. While there is an attempt to take cover under an existing program on children to avail of the breathing space given by the SC when it ruled that savings can be transferred only if the program to which it is being redeployed is a budget item under the GAA, one has to still inquire whether the declaration of such savings was compliant with fhe SC ruling that it should be in accordance with the GAA’s definition of savings. Also, it has also sti to be established if the purchase can be validly accepted as a line item which needs augmentation, or a new item all together.
Here is the SC ruling.”
This is also the opinion of DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
“We cannot augment any items in the budget. “If there is savings, it should revert to the treasury.”
“This would seem to be unauthorized or illegal, because these were savings from the miscellaneous personnel benefits fund.”