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Philippine president, high court clash on government's use of development funds

The Philippine president says his administration will appeal a Supreme Court decision that declared his government's enforcement of an economic stimulus program was partly unconstitutional.

President Benigno Aquino III said in a nationally televised address late Monday that such decisions by the high tribunal served to hamper his efforts to pursue reforms. He added that under the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program, government funds were used to provide electricity to remote villages, build schools and finance other projects and were not stolen as alleged by critics.

Left-wing activists protested in Manila as Aquino spoke, threatening to seek his impeachment.

The high tribunal ruled this month that Aquino and his officials violated the Constitution when they juggled state funds deemed as savings and excess revenues to finance projects under the program.