• House bill scraps pork barrel of President, lawmakers

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    A party-list bloc in the House of Representatives has filed a measure scrapping not only the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of legislators but that of the President as well.

    The Makabayan bloc, which groups party-list representatives from Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Anakpawis and Kabataan, introduced House Bill 1535 following the reported misuse of P10 billion of the pork barrel of lawmakers in the last decade.

    The fund was channeled to different fake and non-existent foundations and non-government organizations.

    Under House Bill 1535, the President will be prohibited from providing a budgetary item or including in the proposed budget lump sum allocations to the PDAF and other discretionary amounts.

    On top of the legislators’ PDAF, the bill will also do away with the Presidential pork barrel funds, such as the President’s Social Fund sourced from revenue-generating agencies like Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Malampaya Fund.

    “We call on like-minded legislators in the House to support our bill and urge the members of the Senate to file a counterpart measure. The full force of the law should be meted out to those who plundered the nation’s coffers and enriched themselves at the people’s expense,” Makabayan said in the bill.

    The PDAF system, Makabayan said, is a form of institutionalized patronage and officially tolerated graft and corruption.

    Each House member is entitled to a P70-million PDAF annually. Half of the amount, P35 million is for soft projects such as education and medical assistance, and the other half for hard projects such as construction and/or repairs of roads and bridges.

    “Contrary to claims by other legislators that more and better safeguards can be implemented to prevent abuse, the current scam proves that the pork barrel system is beyond salvaging and should be abolished,” Makabayan said.

    “We are confident that the righteous public outrage generated by the sheer magnitude of the plunder allegedly perpetrated by this P10-billion pork barrel scam will provide the momentum needed to move this issue forward,” the bloc said.

    LLANESCA T. PANTI

     

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    4 Comments

    1. Politicians who runs election spend millions of money just to be elected. Question is… what we do expect from them after winning !? Better and let’s start now removing this pork barrels from top to bottom. By thus, we will see only those honest and sincere politicians will serves our beloved country.

    2. It is a shame that the whole legislative body is tainted by the few, The people are mad, these legislators have a lot of explaining to do, The citizens already know that these people are expert on pointing fingers to a different direction, but to themselves. However, you need not be a rocket scientist to know that there had to be a consent from the involved legislator for JLN to access into somebody’s PDAF, just like one senator’s name was dropped because she insisted to have a receipt. This is an easy money for corruption that overshadows what could be, beneficial for so many needy. citizens.

    3. WJGBalderama on

      This bill should have been written a long time ago. Patriots from every corner of the political spectrum should get behind this piece of legislation. It is the right thing to do — for the poor Pilipinos.

    4. Elsa for change on

      Approved. Sa tinagaltagal ng panahon, walang nakaisip nito dahil ang gumagawa ng mga batas ay nakikinabang para sariling mga kapritso. Dapat kung lang kung nais natin tumahak sa matuwid na daan. Pork barrels/PDAFs are the “root of corruption” , truly abused by our lawmakers. In fact senators and congressmen need not clamor for these
      because their main role is but to pass laws , implementation of the laws is for the executive branch. Not even to do investigations/trials because the judicial system has its responsibility. Mga mambabatas ‘di na dapat sumawsaw sa mga kung anu-ano pang
      mga imbestigasyon dahil wala na tuloy silang nagagawang mga batas….mag-aral, mag-isip at magtalakayan para sa ika uunlad ng bayan. Lahat na kasi gustong sakupin ang hindi trabaho, kaya di na tuloy nagagampanan ang dapat gampanan.

      Pagwala na pork barrel sa tingin ko ang tunay na magseserbisyo para sa bayan na lamang ang kakandidato pagka senador at kongresista…..ha…ha…ha.
      nila trabaho.