SC dismisses petitions challenging 2015 budget, supplemental budget

The Supreme Court dismisses petitions filed by former Iloilo Second District Representative Augusto L. Syjuco, Jr. against the constitutionality of 2015 General Appropriations Act and 2014 Supplemental Budget. “The Court acted on two petitions brought by the same petitioner challenging the 2015 budget and the Supplemental Budget by dismissing both petitions for lack of merit,” SC Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te said.

“Petitioner, suing as a taxpayer, has not claimed any injury to him or to taxpayers in general but has only posed hypothetical or feigned problems, or mere academic questions. On this matter, the Court also stated that it does not render advisory opinions,”

In his first petition, Syjuco claims that 2015 national budget contains pork barrel-like funds. He said that Supreme Court ruling regarding Priority Development Assistance Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program were defied. Among the funds he questioned are President’s special purpose fund worth PhP501.67 billion and Grassroots Participatory Budgeting worth PhP20.9 billion.

On the second petition, SC said that petitioner was not able to show substantial grounds against the constitutionality of supplemental budget other than his invocation of the SC’s rulings in the PDAF and DAP cases