Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio says pork barrel fund is unconstitutional, laments that it’s been "institutionalized even if it’
We’re pretty sure a lot of people won’t be happy to hear this.
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Supreme Court senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Tuesday, October 8 that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of lawmakers that was included in the 2013 national budget is unconstitutional.
According to the report, Carpio said during oral arguments on the legality of pork barrel that the PDAF's inclusion in the 2013 General Appropriations Act (GAA) "is facially unconstitutional." The report added: "Carpio stated that the pork barrel system in the 2013 GAA violates the Constitution because it allows the President and Congress to share powers by having Cabinet secretaries realign funds and projects identified by legislators themselves."
"That power (to realign funds) cannot be delegated (to the Cabinet). This power to realign is unconstitutional," Carpio said. The Supreme Court justice added that the pork barrel funds or PDAF "has been institutionalized even if it is illegal."
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