Lacson accepts DOST chief’s apology
MANILA, Philippines– Former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Wednesday accepted Secretary Mario Montejo’s apology after linking him into the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) controversy.
Montejo is head of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST.
“I read DOST Secretary Montejo’s statement clarifying the DAP issue involving me and Senator Pia (Cayetano). I have already conveyed to him my thanks and admiration for being gentleman enough to admit his mistake,” Lacson said in a text message.
Lacson said Montejo apologized to him and for that, he said, “He earns my respect and admiration both as a person and as a public servant.”
Montejo had earlier said that the agency got P30 million funds from Lacson and another P10 million from Cayetano through the DAP.
But the two immediately denied Montejo’s claim.
The DOST chief reportedly clarified that the P40-million funds actually came from the Department of Budget and Management coursed through the DAP.