Supreme Court declares PDAF as unconstitutional
This decision is long overdue.
Likha Cuevas-Miel and Ernesto Reyes of InterAksyon.com report that the Supreme Court voted 14-0-1 to declare the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) - more commonly referred to as congressional pork barrel funds - as unconstitutional.
According to the report, Supreme Court justices found the PDAF "inconsistent with the constitutional mandates of the executive and legislative branches of government." In striking down the PDAF Article in the 2013 General Appropriations Act, the Court said it "created a system of budgeting wherein items are not textualized into the appropriations bill (thus) flout(ing) the prescribed power of presentment and, in the process, (denying) the President the power to veto items."
The Court's decision was announced on Tuesday (November 19) before the justices convened to hear oral arguments "on the Aquino administration’s equally controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)." Associate Justice Presbiterio Velasco abstained from voting because his wife is a lawmaker.
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