Leni: Escudero tolerated corruption-riddled PDAF

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Sen. Francis Escudero never lifted a finger to abolish the discretion-driven Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) that became a gateway for corruption, Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo said Sunday.

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Robredo quizzed Escudero after the latter trumpeted that he was in favor of removing discretion in government funds to eradicate corruption.

PDAF used to be the discretionary fund of lawmakers, a fund from which lawmakers can draw for soft projects (scholarships and medical assistance) and hard projects (farm-to-market roads and bridges).

The Supreme Court, however, declared PDAF illegal in November 2013 after the P10 billion PDAF scam exposé where the lawmakers siphoned off kickbacks from bogus implementing agencies of their projects.

“Napakatagal niya pong Congressman, ano po ang ginawa niya para maalis ang discretion na iyon?[He was a Congressman for so long, what has he done to scrap that discretion?]” Robredo said, alluding to Escudero’s nine years as a Sorsogon Representative and a Senator for nine years and counting.

A member of the House of Representatives used to receive P70 million worth of PDAF annually, while a Senator received P200 million PDAF annually.

Escudero responded by claiming that he never received the PDAF due him during the Arroyo administration (2001 to 2010) because he was from the opposition.

“For nine years, I never received my PDAF, it was never released to me under President Arroyo,” Escudero countered.

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  1. Chiz is a user. His father was then an Agriculture secretary when Martial law was declared. His father was a co-conspirator. Let’s not waste our time who to vote for vice president. Let’s go for Bong bong.

  2. All what Chiz would , do is deny, deny, deny! He’s now running scared1 He would lose to Bong bong & Leni would be #2.

  3. Leni must do her research first before speaking. mali mali information. lagi tuloy nababara.

  4. For nine years, I never received my PDAF
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    He made up for it under Aquino, he got 100 million for voting out Corona plus his usual 200 million per year.

    Like how he calls it his Pork barrel money, that’s how the entire congress feels that the tax money is their money to enrich themselves.

  5. Rep. Leni Robredo, I believed that you were one of the three vp candidates that excelled in the CNN debate the others are Sen. Cayatano and Senator Marcos who did not lost his cool in spite all the candidates and hecklers gang up on Bong Bong Marcos. What you should have asked Escudero and the other vp candidates, except for Bong Bong, instead of PDAF, is where did they spend the DAP bribes given to them by PNOY for impeaching CJ Corona? Did COA audit them or the DAP bribed is now being used in their candidacy? The biggest taker of DAF were Drillon, Escudero and Enrile and it was only Marcos, Mirriam and the late Senator Arroyo who were not given DAP because they did not vote in favor of the impeachment of CJ Corona.

  6. Layo naman ng sagot ni Chiz tinanggap din naman Nya ang PDAF at DAP niya galing kay PNoy

    • Halos lahat ng mga kasalukuyan senador ay tumangap ng DAP mula kay Pnoy, si Drillon, Escudero, Cayetano, Alan and Pia, Legarda, Enrile, Trillanes, Jingoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, Gringo Honasan etc., maliban lang kila Bong Bong Marcos, Mirriam Santiago at late Joker Arroyo na hindi bumoto sa Impeachment ni CJ Corona.
      Saan kaya ginamit ng mga senador ang DAP at na audit na kaya ito ng COA? Paki explain lang Big Man Drillon kung saan mo ginamit yuon iyong P100M DAP at baka yuon 18 tumangap ng DAP na mga SENADORES ay sumunod sa iyo, Sir Big Fatman.

    • Samuel A. Cuarto on

      oo nga. ang tanung anong ginawa nya to remove that discretion dahil ito ang source ng corruption. eh ang sagot niya 9 years daw siyang hindi tumanggap ng PDAF under Arroyo. Pero dapat maliwanag din sana ang tanung ni Leni: kung anong ginawang panukala para maalis ang discretion. Syempre enjoy sila lahat sa discretion dahil dun nila nakukuha ang pondong magagamit nila sa patronage politics nila. Kung hindi nag declare ang Supreme Court na illegal ang PDAF, tuloy ang ligaya nila. Ang PDAF ay isa sa mga dahilan namamayani ang dynasty sa kongreso.