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Sara Duterte asked to respond to petition assailing P125 million confidential fund transfer

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Sara Duterte and other government officials were required to comment by the Supreme Court (SC) on a petition assailing the constitutionality of the transfer of the P125 million from the Office of the President’s contingency fund to the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) confidential and intelligence funds (CIFs) in 2022.

In a two-page notice, the SC En Banc ordered Duterte, Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin and the Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman to file their comment within 10 days from receipt of notice without giving due course to the petition.

An order to comment is part of the high court’s procedures in handling cases or petitions.

The petitioners, composed of lawyers and concerned citizens, last November 7 asked the SC to declare the fund transfer "unconstitutional." They said that the authority to transfer funds from the national budget to the OVP can only be done with the legislative department having the “power of the purse,” by creating a budget item dedicated to the CIF. 

“The executive department has no discretion to create another budget item,” Lawyer Ray Paolo Santiago said in a press conference on November 7. 

The confidential funds, amounting to  P125 million, was spent by the OVP in 11 days in December 2022, according to a report of the Commission on Audit. Duterte's camp insisted that she spent it in 19 days. 

The OVP’s budget sponsor Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora (Davao de Oro, 1st District) said that the implementation of programs started on the day that the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) was released on Dec. 13, 2022.

“(This) means immediately after the release of SARO, the implementation has already started but the actual, as based on the COA report and findings, only started Dec. 20 up to Dec. 31 which means the actual implementation is not 11 days but it is 19 days,” the lawmaker said.

Apart from seeking a decision on the legality of the transfer, the petitioners also asked the SC to instruct the OVP to return the disputed amount to the national treasury.

The petitioners include former Commission on Elections chairman Augusto Lagman, Constitution framer Christian Monsod, former Department of