The Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was the largest robbery in broad daylight this country has ever seen. Hundreds of billions of pesos were hurriedly spent for projects that didn’t undergo rigid planning. Most skipped the processes for procurement like transparent public biddings. The result is that tens of billions of pesos were stolen under the auspices of “matuwid na daan”.

There is no better illustration for this grand plunder than the more than two billion pesos in infrastructure projects implemented in Iloilo City by the Department of Public Works and Highways. It only takes a brief glance at the program of works for the projects to reach a conclusion that this was a criminal operation.

On top of the list is the 1.9 kilometer stretch of the Diversion Road, officially known as the Benigno Aquino Jr. Ave., between the Iloilo River and El 98 in Jaro. The contract price for…

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