Santiago asks DBM: Did I get DAP funds?

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has formally asked the Department of Budget and Management  (DBM) if she or her office has  received funds from  the  controversial Disbursement  Acceleration  Program  (DAP).

“This is to respectfully request information on whether my office or I have received DAP funds (regardless of nomenclature) at any time during this administration, whether directly to my office or indirectly through the Senate,” Santiago said in  her letter to DBM Secretary Florencio Abad on Wednesday.

The  DAP has been  marred  with controversy following Senator  Jose “Jinggoy”  Estrada’s  revelation that additional DAP funds were given to senators  who voted  to impeach then Chief Justice  Renato Corona.

Another media report  said  that billions of  DAP funds were  also released  not only to senators but also to members of the House of Representatives before, during and after  Corona’s impeachment in  2012.

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