Supreme Court justice inhibits from pork barrel case
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MANILA, Philippines - An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Tuesday inhibited himself from the case of the pork barrel system.
Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. inhibited himself in the sense that his wife, Lorna Velasco, is a member of the House of Representatives as representative of the Ang Mata'y Alagaan party-list.
Associate Justice Velasco was earlier assigned as the "ponente" or writer of the decision in the petition asking the SC to declare the pork barrel system as unconstitutional.
With this development, the SC will again conduct a "raffling" of the case, said SC Public Information Office chief and spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te in a press conference.
The petitioners also asked the SC to issue a writ of prohibition to restrain Congress from passing a law to appropriate funds for the pork barrel system in any form, name or title.
They argued that under the pork barrel system, "misappropriation" is being committed against the funds of the government.
They further argued the allocation of funds in the pork barrel can be considered as "betrayal of public trust" and disadvantageous to the public.