SC defers action on petition to disbar Drilon-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
THE Supreme Court (SC) on Friday did not act on the petition to disbar and cite Senate President Frank Drilon for contempt for leading the Senate in re-aligning the chamber’s priority development assistance fund (PDAF) for calamity response.
“No action has been taken on this pending a re-raffle of the petition,” said SC spokesperson Theodore Te.
In his petition, Drilon’s political nemesis Augusto Syjuco Jr. said the Senate leader violated the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the release of PDAF for the rest of the year. Syjuco also wanted the Court to declare Senate Resolution 302 as illegal.
“The act of respondent Drilon can be categorized as arrogant and defiant which impeded, obstructed and degraded the administration of justice,” said Syjuco, a former Iloilo representative.
The resolution urges President Benigno Aquino III to tap the senators’ unused pork barrel for the rehabilitation of areas affected by typhoons, earthquake in Central Visayas and armed conflict in Zamboanga City.
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier said the resolution would not violate the TRO, which put the PDAF under judicial impoundment, since it would just forego the use of PDAF and constitute it into a savings to be returned to the general fund. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)