Please see attached a motion we will file tomorrow with the Supreme Court on the Malampaya fund mess. For background, we also attach a copy of the petition we filed with the High Court in February 2009.
In February 2009, a group of petitioners led by Bishop Pedro N. Arigo, filed a petition with the Supreme Court questioning what they said was the illegal and unconstitutional use by the national government of the multi-billion dollar Malampaya fund through the issuance by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of EO 683 which authorized the “use of fees, revenues and receipts from service contract no. 38 for the implementation of development projects for the people of Palawan.”
About ten months after the case was filed, on November 24, 2009, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the issue raised by the case.
Nearly FOUR YEARS have come and gone since the oral arguments in this case were heard by this Honorable Court; within that time frame, the systematic plunder of the Malampaya Funds – the very reason this case was brought to the Supreme Court by Petitioners – have apparently gone on unabated, as seen in the Janet Napoles pork barrel scam; Napoles is alleged to have begun raiding the fund just two days after the oral arguments at the High Court, eventually making off with P900 million from the fund.
Meanwhile, one of the original petitioners when this case was still with the trial court level– Dr. Gerry Ortega, has died in the hail of assassin’s bullets – apparently because of the exposes he had made as a radio broadcaster on the massive corruption involved in the government’s handling of the fund.
With due respect to the Supreme Court , the Petitioners, the people of Palawan, and the people of the Republic of the Philippines have waited long enough for this Honorable Court to write finis to this plunder of public coffers.
Prof. Harry Roque, counsel for petitioners declared: “Had the Court decided the case immediately after oral arguments almost 4 years ago, we would not have just prevented Napoles from squandering 900 million of government money. We would probably have been able to prevent PGMA’s plunder of 26.3 Billion of taxpayers money to benefit her lying, cheating, and stealing regime”.