MANILA - Malacañang will monitor this afternoon's oral arguments at the high court on the constitutionality of the priority development assistance funds (PDAF).
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said as a matter of procedure they will also inform President Aquino of developments even if he is outside the country.
The government will defend the PDAF through the office of the Solicitor General.
As this developed, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares today urged the Supreme Court (SC) to "right its wrong" on the constitutionality of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and declare it as unconstitutional.
"The SC should respond to the call of the times and the will of the people. The PDAF along with presidential pork has bred a culture of corruption in Philippine government and it should be stopped. The court should now disregard its past rulings which upheld the PDAF," said the senior deputy minority leader.
The past SC decisions on the PDAF are as follows:
The SC en banc in the 1994 Philconsa v. Enriquez case wherein the PDAF then was still referred to as the Countrywide Development Fund.
In a resolution issued on the Andres Sarmiento et al. v. the Treasurer of the Philippines et al in 2001 and Lawyers Against Monopoly and Poverty (LAMP) v. the Secretary of Budget and Management et al. in 2012, the tribunal also upheld the constitutionality of the PDAF.
"It would be good if the SC will listen to the Filipino citizenry and acknowledge that the pork barrel system is inherently anomalous but this issue is beyond just being legal but also very political and moral. The people will find a way to continually expose and oppose this rotten system until it is finally abolished," ended Rep. Colmenares.
The Makabayan bloc in July filed House Bill 1535 abolishing the PDAF and subsequently filed other bills and resolutions investigating and ensuring that public funds are accounted for and not used for patronage politics.