SC allows audio livestreaming of pork barrel debate-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
INTERNET users will have a chance to listen real time to the oral argument on the constitutionality of the pork barrel system on October 8.
Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said Wednesday his request to put up an audio livestream of the debate was approved by the magistrates except for Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin and Martin Villarama and Associate Justice Jose Mendoza, who were on leave during Tuesday's session.
This privilege, however, will not be extended to future oral argument on other cases pending the SC.
Three petitions are challenging the legality of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), citing abuses in the system.
The petitions came in the wake of reports that businesswoman Janet Napoles had connived with several lawmakers and government officials to pocket pork barrel funds in the past decade.
Expected to attend are the petitioners, representatives from government and Congress and Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Grace Tan, who will serve as resource person regarding her agency's audit on the PDAF. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)