THE Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Tuesday threw out the plea of former Iloilo lawmaker Augusto Syjuco to disbar and cite for contempt Senate President Franklin Drilon.
In the regular Tuesday en banc deliberations of the magistrates, the High Court denied the request of Syjuco to punish Drilon for lack of merit.
Syjuco asked that Drilon be cited for contempt for allegedly violating the Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) against the release and disbursement of remaining pork barrel fund for the year 2013.
This is in connection with the passage of Senate Resolution 302 seeking the realignment of senators’ unused Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the current year.
That resolution urges President Benigno Aquino 3rd to realign the senator’s remaining pork to augment the relief operations for calamity victims.
Syjuco believes that Drilon’s act is a clear defiance of the TRO issued by the Supreme Court.
But findings of the court magistrates point out that Syjuco failed to substantiate his claim as to the violation of the court order.
The magistrates also ruled that with the ruling of the High Court on PDAF, the case petition to cite Drilon in contempt would now be moot and academic.
“The Court found that petitioner failed to substantiate his allegations on the supposed violation of the TRO and, thus, for being insufficient in form and substance, the petition has been mooted by its Decision in the PDAF cases rendered last November 19, 2013,” the Court avers.
With a unanimous vote of 14 justices, it ruled as unconstitutional the pork barrel system of the members of the legislative department.
In the meantime, the Court en banc also denied Syjuco’s plea to allow him to speak in the coming oral arguments on the controversial Disbursement Allocation Program.
Syjuco has just filed the manifestation before the Supreme Court on Monday, asked the Court to react on his plea and urged the justices not to ignore him.