• 23 senators join scrap-pork-barrel bandwagon

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    All but one of the 24 senators have indicated they want their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scrapped.

    The exception is Sen. Cynthia Villar, who until Friday afternoon has not sounded out on the raging pork barrel controversy.

    Three senators, Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano and Miriam Santiago have filed a resolution asking either the gradual phase-out of the pork barrel or its swift abolition.

    Neophyte Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Nancy Binay and Grace Poe support President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s stand to do away with the PDAF and to bring the people behind the scam to justice.

    In place of the PDAF, Senator Aquino proposed a “People’s Fund” that will give taxpayers a bigger say in disbursing public funds.

    Under the People’s Fund concept five percent of an individual’s income tax will be allocated to an accredited charity or civil society organization, a national or local priority government project or a legitimate political party.

    Ejercito said the President should not only expedite the filing of cases, but also broaden the scope of the investigation to include pork barrel allocations from 2001.

    He called on the President to lead by example by scrapping his own Special Purpose Funds (SPF), commonly known as presidential fund, and other such lump-sum funds sourced from revenue from some government agencies or government-owned and controlled corporations.

    Senators Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, Sergio Osmena 3rd, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., also support of the clamor to do away with the pork barrel.

    Osmena said he had moved for its abolition back in 1997, but only one senator backed him up.

    Senators Lito Lapid and Ramon Revilla Jr., two of the five senators who the COA report said allotted part of their PDAF to questionable non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are also for the abolition.

    Joining the scrap-the-PDAF bandwagon are Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senate president pro-tempore Ralph Recto, minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile, Loren Legarda, Vicente Sotto 3rd, Jinggoy Estrada and Pia Cayetano.

    Senator Cythia Villar has yet come up with her stand on the pork barrel abolition.

    Jefferson Antiporda

     

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    2 Comments

    1. For the people’s money to be safe totally from dirty, sticky fingers, scrap all forms of pork barrel unditionally. The pork has since been the very root of all evils of corruption. This is also the very reason why political family dynasties thrive in our government.

      We have existing agencies in the Government that are supposed to be tasked to look for the welfare of our constituents, we have the DOH for health, the DepEd for our scholars, DPWH for our roads and other hard projects, etc. These agencies are manned by professionals who are trained, and have the expertise to do the job. The Congress and the Senate are there to enact laws. Being elected as Senators or Congressmen can never make them effective doctors, engineers or social workers to attend to the needs of the people.

    2. Daniel B. Laurente on

      Sana nga…baka naman public consumption lang yan…baka gasgas na masyado ang titulo na yan PDAF or Pork Barrel…baka later on… basta sasabihin ng bayan paano na kami tutulungan ng congress, ay gagawa na uli ng ibang pangalan pampalit ng gasgas na…at paano na yong malaking gastos noong nakaraan na eleksyon…well…my opinion ay hindi kailangan alisin pero kailangan ng strictong safeguard na hindi napupunta ang malaki sa politico kundi konti lang…dapat sa public ang malaki at hindi sa ghost project thru ghost entity…ang COA employees na involve dapat alisin…at palitan ng hindi pa masyado garapal at hindi pa experts sa katiwalian…pati sa DBM ganon din ang gagawin kasi sila ang unang una din involved dyan…yong sa bangko na hindi na nagtatanong sa laki ng disbursement doon sa tseke ay strictuhan din…