The belatedly surfaced SARO confirms two overriding facts:
1. The source of the 125M is the President's contingent fund; and
2. The purpose of the SARO is to grant confidential funds to the OVP.
The contingent fund cannot be given to an agency as confidential funds when such agency has not been allocated any confidential fund in the 2022 GAA.
Otherwise, this would derogate the clear intention of the Congress not to allocate confidential funds to the Office of the Vice President which, in the first place, was not requested by then-Vice President Leni Robredo.
Moreover, the contingent fund cannot be used for confidential expenses.
The SARO is flawed and invalid.
EDCEL C. LAGMAN