Pig, Badaf, Bacon, Pata? Netizens re-christen pork barrel

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Filipinos are ranting and fuming over the misuse of billions of pesos from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the sugar-coated name for pork barrel.

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Amid this growing rage emerged the unique Filipino sense of humor that makes light of even the most despicable crime.

Even if President Benigno Aquino 3rd had said that he would abolish the PDAF, some disbelievers say it would merely be given a new name. A reader of The Manila Times online from Alameda, California, lawyer Pres Ordinario, emailed the following proposed new names for PDAF that he had gathered from Facebook:

*National Assistance Program of Lawmakers Engaged in Swindling (NAPOLES)

*Pinagandang Iligal na Gastusin (PIG)

*Benigno Aquino Development Assistance Fund (BADAF)

*BSA’s Awesome Budget for Outstanding Allies of the Year (BABOY)

*PNoy’s Allowance and Treasury Allocation (PATA)

*President-Approved National Outlay from Treasury (PANOT)

*President Aquino’s Political Action and Initiative for Total Allocation of National Budget (PAPAITAN)

*President’s Overt Revenue Kickback (PORK)

*President’s Outlay for Countrywide Handling of Emergency Rehabilitation for Opulence (POCHERO)

*Outlay for the Interest of Noynoy and Kinfolks (OINK)

*Countrywide Re-distribution of the Inherent Source of Patronage for the Yellow President’s Allies, Toads and Associates (CRISPY PATA)

*PNoy’s Initiative for Good Governance CountrYwide (PIGGY))

*Presidential Oversight for Relatives and Kin with Budgetary Entitlement from Legislative Largesse Yearly (PORK BELLY)

*Budgetary Initiatives for Secretive Transactions Enhancing Kickbacks (BISTEK)

*Social Initiative for Service in Governance (SISIG)

*Budgetary Allocation for Collaborative Outreach Nationwide (BACON)

*Lawmakers’ Initiative for Emergency, Miscellaneous and Personal Outlay (LIEMPO)

*Livelihood Empowerment for Countrywide Humanitarian Outlaw Network (LECHON)

*Totally New Government PDAF Audited to Satisfaction (TONGPATS)

*Holistic Lawmaking for Development of All Filipinos (HOLDAF)

*Selective Enforcement of Budgetary Outlays (SEBO)

*Countrywide Allocations With Accountability and Transparency (CAWAT)

*National Allotment for Countryside Amelioration and Welfare (NACAW)

*Countrywide Assistance for Special and Important Matters (CASIM)

*Budget for Allies for Continuation of Party Dominance (BACON-PD)

*Hearty Allocation of Money (HAM).

*Barangay Initiatives for New Allocations Granting Oversight On Non-Government Associations Nationwide (BINAGOONGAN)

*National Allotment for Countrywide Amelioration and Welfare Initiative Fund (NACAWIN FUND)

*Budgetary Utilization for Literacy Assistance and Livelihood Opportunities (BULALO)

*Buwis na Ipinondo para sa Iilang Kapakanan (BIIK)

*Budgetary Allocations for Government’s Nonsense but Endless Transactions (BAGNET)

*New Initiative for Legislator’s Use of the Treasury Outlay (NILUTO).

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