SC asked to declare Malampaya fund unconstitutional
MANILA - A group of taxpayers, led by Greco Antonious Belgica, urged the Supreme Court (SC) to allow them to file a supplemental petition on their earlier plea for the high court to declare the pork barrel system of lawmakers unconstitutional.
This time, Belgica's group wants the high court to declare the disbursement of the Malampaya Funds unconstitutional.
Just like the pork barrel, petitioners pointed out that the Malampaya Fund, by nature, is also a lump-sum and discretionary fund, which "offends the accountability provisions of the Constitution."
Petitioners said the fund is not subjected to the normal budgetary process and only form part of the "personal kitties to be dispensed at whim for any purpose [the Executive Branch] may desire."
Petitioners said since the funds "go straight to the President," this defeats the checks and balance principle in our system of government which empowers Congress to allocate funds via its power of the purse.
The 10-page supplemental petition urged the immediate issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the usage of the Malampaya funds.