VIDEO: "Pork barrel" inserted in Duterte's 2019 budget

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wants to review the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019, after receiving reports from congressmen that there are around P50 billion worth of "misplaced" funds distributed in several districts.

This was revealed by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya after the House postponed the scheduled start of the plenary debates on the 2019 budget on Monday, September 17.

Andaya said "at least 50 congressmen" had been going to Arroyo’s office to testify that there are allocations and "activities happening in their districts which they are not aware of" both in the 2018 budget as well as the proposed 2019 budget.

SOURCE: P50-B ‘misplaced’ funds discovered in 2019 budget; Mara Cepeda @maracepeda Published 8:39 PM, September 17, 2018 Updated 12:03 AM, September 18, 2018;


The Court renders this Decision to rectify an error which has persisted in the chronicles of our history. In the final analysis, the Court must strike down the Pork Barrel System as unconstitutional in view of the inherent defects in the rules within which it operates. To recount, insofar as it has allowed legislators to wield, in varying gradations, non-oversight, post-enactment authority in vital areas of budget execution, the system has violated the principle of separation of powers; insofar as it has conferred unto legislators the power of appropriation by giving them personal, discretionary funds from which they are able to fund specific projects which they themselves determine, it has similarly violated the principle of non-delegability of legislative power ; insofar as it has created a system of budgeting wherein items are not textualized into the appropriations bill, it has flouted the prescribed procedure of presentment and, in the process, denied the President the power to veto items ; insofar as it has diluted the effectiveness of congressional oversight by giving legislators a stake in the affairs of budget execution, an aspect of governance which they may be called to monitor and scrutinize, the system has equally impaired public accountability ; insofar as it has authorized legislators, who are national officers, to intervene in affairs of purely local nature, despite the existence of capable local institutions, it has likewise subverted genuine local autonomy ; and again, insofar as it has conferred to the President the power to appropriate funds intended by law for energy-related purposes only to other purposes he may deem fit as well as other public funds under the broad classification of "priority infrastructure development projects," it has once more transgressed the principle of non-delegability.

For as long as this nation adheres to the rule of law, any of the multifarious unconstitutional methods and mechanisms the Court has herein pointed out should never again be adopted in any system of governance, by any name or form, by any semblance or similarity, by any influence or effect. Disconcerting as it is to think that a system so constitutionally unsound has monumentally endured, the Court urges the people and its co-stewards in government to look forward with the optimism of change and the awareness of the past. At a time of great civic unrest and vociferous public debate, the Court fervently hopes that its Decision today, while it may not purge all the wrongs of society nor bring back what has been lost, guides this nation to the path forged by the Constitution so that no one may heretofore detract from its cause nor stray from its course. After all, this is the Court‘s bounden duty and no other's. (Belgica v. Executive Secretary, G.R. No. 208566, November 19, 2013)

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