SC asked to punish Drilon for realigning PDAF-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
SENATE President Franklin Drilon may be cited for contempt for convincing colleagues to re-align the chamber’s priority development assistance fund (PDAF) for calamity response despite the Supreme Court order stopping its release for the rest of the year.
In a petition, former Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. said Thursday Senate Resolution 302 is illegal and defiance to the court order. Syjuco asked the Court to declare the resolution as illegal and revoke Drilon's license as a lawyer.
"It is important to note in this connection that being a lawyer, Drilon's wilful filing of Senate Resolution 302 and solicitation of signatures in the Senate in which Drilon had moral suasion and influence, should be regarded as a flagrant disrespect towards the authority and mandate of the Honorable Supreme Court," the petition stated.
"The act of respondent Drilon can be categorized as arrogant and defiant which impeded, obstructed and degraded the administration of justice," Syjuco said.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte earlier declined to duplicate Drilon's move, saying the PDAF cannot be spent or reallocated because it is covered by a temporary restraining order (TRO).
But Drilon said the decision of the senators not to use their PDAF allocations will result in savings for the government, which President Benigno Aquino III can use as calamity fund for areas affected by typhoons, earthquake in Central Visayas and armed conflict in Zamboanga City.
The Office of the President had said that only P1.37 billion was left of the P7.5-billion calamity fund. The unreleased PDAF for senators for 2013 amounts to P3.18 billion, according to the Department of Budget and Management. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)