Senator Jinggoy Estrada first alluded to it in his highly defensive privilege speech as “bribes” given to senators during the who impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona. Budget Secretary Butch Abad later confirmed the additional budget releases in late 2012, but noted that these were not bribes but from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Now, the so-called DAP scandal is among the top issues making headlines, rivaled only by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” scandal. It has gained enough attention for President Benigno Aquino II himself to defend the DAP in a televised speech, the first to be broadcast on primetime across all major networks.
But what is the DAP? Here are what key personalities have to say: