Artists’ groups on Sunday joined the clamor for the abolition of the pork barrel system, particularly the P1.3 trillion discretionary funds of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
The Kabataang Artista para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (Karatula) and Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) that the President’s announcement of abolishing the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) does not change anything.
The group said with Aquino’s proposed changes in the allocation and release of “pork barrel”, the system will remain and it will merely change its name.
“Patronage politics will just stay in our political system and corruption will stay in the government,” Jay del Rosario, vice chairman of Karatula, said.
“[Pork barrel] just legalizes plunder in the government,” he added.
The group also released a manifesto titled “Artists Unite against Pork Barrel” calling for the complete abolition of the “porkiest” P1.3 trillion discretionary funds of the President and its rechanneling to basic social services like health, education, transportation, among others.
“If they will allocate this [budget]to basic social services, then we will not need the pork barrel,” said CAP spokesman Renan Ortiz.