The administration was accused of illegally tapping government savings to fund senators’ pet projects, allegedly in exchange for a Corona conviction. The president actively defended the DAP, which he characterized as an economic stimulus program.
In the end, certain aspects of the DAP were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The government has been heavily criticized due to this. In one event, Secretary Abad of the Department of Budget Management and Aquino’s close ally, was mobbed in a talking engagement in UP.