Palace denies ‘pork’ for lawmakers in 2017 budget

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MALACAÑANG has denied Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s claim that as much as P8.5 billion in pork barrel funds was allocated to some lawmakers in the 2017 national budget.

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In a statement, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Palace understood Lacson’s concerns regarding the 2017 budget, but insisted it had been compliant with the Supreme Court rulings that shot down discretionary and lump-sum funds, such as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

“We understand the concern of Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, on the slashing of the Calamity Fund. However, the 2017 budget is compliant with the Supreme Court decisions on PDAF and DAP,” Abella said.

Abella issued the statement following Lacson’s claim Wednesday that the P8.5-billion fund that he had wanted removed from the budget Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was restored, when data from the Department of Budget and Management showed that the same amount was taken from calamity funds and moved to the DPWH. Also, P500 million more was given to the DPWH.

Lacson said the transfer was not allowed under Republic Act 6734 or the organic act for the ARMM.

“If you add the P8.3 billion and the P3.6 billion the House of Representatives allotted to ARMM and divided it for the eight legislative districts in the region, it would mean that each ARMM congressman will get P1.5 billion worth of projects in 2017,” Lacson said earlier.

But Abella said the DPWH will be in charge of projects addressing the effects of calamities.

“The Department of Public Works and Highways is solely responsible for identified projects—from repair and reconstruction of permanent structures to communities or areas affected by man-made and natural calamities,” he said.

Abella also said President Rodrigo Duterte will not condone individuals getting special favors.

“The President is particularly abhorrent to giving favors to particular individuals, not even its allies, in line with his inaugural vow to serve every one and not only one,” he said.

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  1. I’ll wage my war in spiritual…

    Father God, I lift up to You our leaders. Those people whom you have anointed to bring change in our land the Philippines. I pray that they will serve the nation with full integrity of hearts. That they will always operate with purity of intentions, with godly motivations. That all the blessings, funds and resources You have and will pour out and provided will all be used for the purposes You have appointed it to be used. That there will be no room for corruption.
    But If we, as fathers of our own homes and families know how to discipline our children, how much more You O God – whom all wisdom and righteousness comes from.
    That any cents, misuse of funds, maltreatment of resources will have painful repercussions. Let Your presence be always in the hearts of our Leaders – like the supernatural building of Wall of Jerusalem. It is possible because Your presence and favor is with Your people.

    But just like Your people who do the rebuilding, while our hands work, the other hand holds a weapon ready for battle.

    We repent of all our sins.
    We repent of all our ways that are not pleasing to You
    We repent of being whiners, complainants, faithless
    We repent of being part of the problem – not the solution
    We repent of tearing down – instead of building up
    And all the things You have hated and abhor.. we repent..

    And all our personal needs, for our children, families – We submit to You and You’ll take care of it!

    Change our ways o God, give us heart of flesh – not heart of stone..Let there be a new beginning in our Land the Philippines. And let it start with us – individual.
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says. And him who have heard heed Your call!

    Claiming all for Your utmost glory, in Jesus most precious Name I pray! Amen!

  2. florendo abad on

    If you believe that this new government cannot be corrupted you are a fool Abella.