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Unformatted text preview: e the classifications of appropriations? A: 1. General appropriation law – passed annually, intended for the financial operations of the entire government during one fiscal period; 2. Special appropriation law – designed for a specific purpose POLITICAL LAW TEAM: ADVISER: ATTY. EDWIN REY SANDOVAL; SUBJECT HEAD: RACHEL MARIE L. FELICES; ASST. SUBJECT HEADS: WIVINO E. BRACERO II & HERAZEUS CHRISTINE Y. UY; MEMBERS: LAWRENCE PAULO H. AQUINO, LEANDRO RODEL V. ATIENZA, MARINETH EASTER AN D. AYOS, CARLO R. BALA, WILFREDO T. BONILLA, JR., KEEL ACHERNAR R. DINOY, APRIL V. ENRILE, KENNETH JAMES CARLO C. HIZON, JOSE MARIA G. MENDOZA, ROGER CHRISTOPHER R. REYES, ROMILINDA C. SIBAL, JASMIN M. SISON, ZARAH PATRICIA T. SUAREZ, RALPH JULIOUS L. VILLAMOR. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT Q: Tawi‐Tawi is a predominantly Muslim province. The Governor, the Vice‐Governor, and members of its Sangguniang Panlalawigan are all Muslims. Its budget provides the Governor with a certain amount as his discretionary funds. Recently, however, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution appropriating P100,000 as a special discretionary fund of the Governor, to be spent by him in leading a pilgrimage of his provincemates to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Islam's holiest city. Philconsa, on constitutional grounds, has filed suit to nullify the resolution of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan giving the special discretionary fund to the Governor for the stated purpose. How would you decide the case? Give your reasons. A: The resolution is unconstitutional. 1.) First, it violates Art. VI, Sec. 29(2) of the Constitution which prohibits the appropriation of public money or property, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit or support of any system of religion; 2.) Second, it contravenes Art. VI, Sec, 25(6) which limits the appropriation of discretionary funds only for public purposes. The use of discretionary funds for purely religious purpose is thus unconstitutional, and the fact that the disbursement is made by resolution of a local legislative body and not by Congress does not make it any less offensive to the Constitution. Above all, the resolution constitutes a clear violation of the Non‐establishment Clause of the Constitution. Q: Who shall propose the budget? A: The President shall propose the budget and submit it to Congress. It shall indicate th...
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