Former Iloilo Rep. Augusto Syjuco has asked the Supreme Court to disbar Senate President Franklin Drilon and cite him in contempt for allegedly violating the temporary restraining order issued by the High Court stopping the release and disbursement of the remaining pork barrel fund for 2013.
In his 21-page Petition for Prohibition, Certiorari and Mandamus, the former lawmaker said that the high tribunal should disbar Drilon for filing Senate Resolution No. 302 seeking the realignment of senators’ unused Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The resolution, unanimously approved on Tuesday night, urges President Benigno Aquino 3rd to realign the senators’ remaining PDAF to augment the relief operations for calamity victims.
However, Syjuco believed that Drilon’s act is a clear defiance of the TRO issued by the Supreme Court.
“Drilon’s willful filing of Senate Resolution 302 and solicitation of signatures in the Senate in which Drilon had moral suasion and influence, should be regarded as a flagrant disrespect towards the authority and mandate of the Honorable Supreme Court,” he said.
The petitioner also believed that Drilon should be punished by the court for indirect contempt for disobeying a lawful order, and that he should be penalized.
Syjuco said that Drilon should be removed from the roll of attorneys for violating his lawyer’s oath.
Furthermore, the former lawmaker also wants Senate Resolution No. 302 declared illegal.