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Top Philippine court deals blow to president, throws out fund

Published on Jul 1, 2014 7:10 PM
 
The Philippine Supreme Court threw out as unconstitutional a fund overseen by President Benigno Aquino to stimulate the economy, dealing a setback to his bid to portray himself as a champion of the fight against corruption. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (REUTERS) - The Philippine Supreme Court threw out as unconstitutional a fund overseen by President Benigno Aquino to stimulate the economy, dealing a setback to his bid to portray himself as a champion of the fight against corruption.

In 2011, Mr Aquino introduced his Disbursesment Acceleration Program (DAP), devised as a means to boost government spending. His critics derided it as a tool to control Congress by buying the loyalty of its members.

Three senators are on trial on charges of misusing a separate congressional fund to channel money back to themselves. Mr Aquino abolished that fund, known as "pork barrel" last year, portraying his action as a key blow in the drive to root out graft.

Theodore Te, a spokesman for the Supreme Court, said certain "acts and practices" under the president's DAP were illegal and unconstitutional. The vote among 13 justices was unanimous.

 
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