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House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora on Monday called for more outspoken voices against President Benigno Aquino and his administration amid a plunge in Aquino’s popularity ratings. “We need critics, we need skeptics who can challenge government to recognize its own fallibility and espouse humility, critical citizenship is most important in critical times,” he said.Abs-cbn

Zamora, in his “contra-SONA” (State of the Nation Address) or rebuttal to the President’s SONA, also urged Aquino to stop pitching for the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).Abs-cbn

Zamora said Aquino should have instead said, “I may disagree with Supreme Court decision but I acknowledge the responsibility of justices who interpret . Having filed a motion for reconsideration, I will respect the final verdict.” Abs-cbn

“About P150 billion represent total amount of public funds appropriated by Congress through a budget, but these were impounded and reallocated through the DAP. Good faith may not apply to these actions. Ignorance of the law cannot be claimed. They have an executive secretary, a chief legal counsel, a solicitor general, a justice secretary, and whole bunch of lawyers,” Zamora said. Abs-cbn