Surprise! The Supreme Court has pork too!

Is there a fourth branch of government we can turn to? No?

It’s just one funding controversy after another. The Supreme Court has earned praise for declaring the Legislative and Executive "pork" unconstitutional, but now, the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) is being questioned. That’s right. Judicial pork.


On Monday (July 14), Fifth District of Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas filed House Bill 4738 repealing Presidential Decree 1949, which established the JDF.


To replace the JDF, a Judiciary Support Fund will be established to help improve the judicial branch’s facilities and technical capabilities, as well as increase personnel benefits. This shall be deposited within the National Treasury’s General Funds as a Special account, and will only be released after the submission of an itemized list of what will be funded.


Earlier, Tupas said the JDF should be repealed because the system lacks transparency and accountability.


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