The President’s remarks at the opening of the 2015 Budget presentation, July 11, 2014
Remarks of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philippines At the opening of the 2015 Budget presentation
[Delivered at the start of the Cabinet meeting held at the Aguinaldo State Room, Malacañan Palace, on July 11, 2014]
Yesterday, Secretary Abad gave me a
letter tendering his resignation from the Cabinet and I have considered
the same, and I have decided not to accept his resignation, and let me
explain why. The notion in the current atmosphere is DAP [the
Disbursement Acceleration Program] was bad for our people. Even our most
vociferous critics grant that DAP has benefited our people. To accept
his resignation is to assign to him a wrong, and I cannot accept the
notion that doing right by our people is a wrong. Therefore I have
decided not to accept his resignation, and I think the whole Cabinet
should be made aware of this.
With that in, let’s go into the order of
business: We’re here to entertain motions for the approval of the 20th
and the 21st Cabinet meeting highlights.