• Not all lawmakers to get ‘pork barrel’

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    Not all members of the House of Representatives will get their share of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, according to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

    Abad made the disclosure after the Budget department submitted the proposed P2.268 trillion 2014 budget before Congress.

    “This is a new Congress and we hope that it will also usher in new policies. But again, that will be subject to the leadership of the House and we will defer to the Speaker because this is his jurisdiction,” Abad said when asked if he will withhold PDAF for the 16th Congress.

    During the three-year-long 15th Congress, four opposition members did not get their ‘pork’—Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Romualdez, Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay, Camarines Sur. Rep. Diosdado Arroyo and Iloilo Rep. Augusto Syjuco.

    Each lawmaker is entitled to P70 million PDAF every year. Of the P70 million, P40 million are for hard projects such as constriction and repair of roads, bridges or classrooms while the remaining P30 million is for education and health assistance.

    Llanesca T. Panti

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