Attached documents show Supreme Court made cross-border transfer requests
By Raïssa Robles
Other reporters were earlier given the same documents.
I have decided to upload these documents so that you can directly read them and make your own conclusions.
The MR consists of the actual 52-page petition and five annexes.
The main argument used in the MR is that while the Constitution bars the President from transferring “appropriations”, there is no such prohibition in transferring “savings.” The MR states that “savings” and “appropriations” are two different, independent constitutional concepts. The discussion on this starts on page 25 of the MR.
Annexes C and D purportedly contain copies of official documents coming from the Supreme Court showing cross-border transfer requests – a practice that the SC ruling on the DAP condemned as illegal.
Annex E shows a letter signed by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and directed to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad withdrawing one of the cross-border transfer requests in the amount of P100 million. The original request was based on an en banc court resolution.
Annexes A and B contain documents to support the Executive Department’s contention over the transfer of “savings” to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
I will not comment on these documents for now. I will leave it up to you, readers to make your own conclusions.
You be the judge. Because, as even the Supreme Court says, sovereignty resides in the people.