Pork abolition ends wrong doings

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Erwin Tulfo

Erwin Tulfo

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the pork barrel’s legality last Tuesday will surely end several common yet illegal practices, not only in politics but also on government spendings.

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Through a 14-0 vote, the highest court of the land ruled that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is unconstitutional and should therefore be abolished.

Political analysts unanimously agreed that it will certainly change the political dynamics of the country.

Ramon Casiple said political patronage will directly be affected. The ruling may end the reign of dynasties in local and national politics.

Professor Dindo Manhit, on the other hand, said it will definitely make voters choose their candidates base on performance from now on and not on the projects or livelihood programs the politicians have delivered in their respective areas.

The President’s influence on both houses of congress, even with his allies, is expected to take a big blow, according to political experts.

It has been a long practice that when the chief executive wanted an urgent bill passed, he or she uses the pork barrel to immediately get its approval from the legislature.

The Supreme Court’s decision not only rights a wrong, it also separated the powers between the executive and legislative branches.

The decision will surely test Pnoy’s ability to push his administration’s agenda and move this country forward.

Good luck Mr. Aquino.

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Contractor builds hotel through PDAF
Aside from declaring the PDAF illegal, the High Court directed the government to run after those in the public and private sector who illegally made their fortune from the pork barrel.

Authorities may not have to look any further since one contractor was able to build two luxurious hotels in Baguio City out of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of several lawmakers during the Arroyo administration.

A source in the construction business said alias R. U. Akeno was able to corner projects worth billions of pesos at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

There’s nothing wrong of course in getting projects from the government so long as it must be completed and should conform with government standards.

However, my source and an official of DPWH, who asked for anonymity, said alias “R.U. Akeno” did not finish some of the projects he got.

But when the Aquino administration came into power, he mysteriously ceased getting hard projects.

My DPWH friend believes that the contractor is trying to keep a low profile these days to avoid being investigated for his unfinished projects that were definitely funded by PDAF.

It’s about time that businessmen like “R.U. Akeno” should be held responsible for using the people’s money for their own personal gains.

etulfo2011@yahoo.com

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  1. PDAF is not only the source where our politicians can steal public money. The common reason why our country is a corrupt country because all our politician and Government employees are all corrupt. This is the curse that Manuel L Quezon has given us as he quoted “I rather see the Philippines govern by Filipinos like hell than Americans like heaven”. This is what we got!!! What a hell!!!

  2. Yes sir, the illegality of PDAF and expected illegality of DAP will go a long way to stop these money-making business of making one elected to be Congressman and Senator and profit from it. That is why many want to be in the “legislative” service; mainly because the same is oh, so profitable, for who among our present crop of Senators are not multi-millionaires? Who among our Congressmen are now not millionaires? And to think that these same bunch of thieves manipulated their SALN, yet impeached a sitting CJ for doing what is normal for them to do? Agree that with PDAF and DAP out of the way means less money to steal but knowing these thieves in the legislative, they will continue to for novel ways to make money of their positions. Period.

  3. A new dawn of hope is certainly breaking in the political landscape of our country with the Supreme Court decision that PDAF is unconstitutional. As members of political dynasties cannot dip their fingers into pork barrel funds as they used to, vote-buying will be minimized. Who knows, as there won’t be much funds to steal, members of the entrenched political clans may even lose interest in politics and just take a break to enjoy their loots. When this happens, the days when the power of goons, guns and gold in our politics will be a thing of the past. There won’t be horrendous, uncivilized, over 100 murders every national elections anymore as only the mostly qualified and honest candidates will be running because the salaries aren’t much. As the President cannot bribe Congress anymore with pork funds, his ability to ram his pet bills will be curtailed and the principle of checks and balances in our republican system will be finally restored.

    Lastly, the political playing field will be levelled, hence, the chance to serve in the government will be open to every qualified candidate, rich or poor, like in other advanced countries. When this happens. we will enjoy, for the first time in many decades, a true democracy where public officials will indeed be serving our people. Halleluyah!

  4. I hope this will also end “KBL” of local politicians. I am not referring to Kilusang Bagong Lipunan. I mean , Kasal Binyag Libing. I also hope and pray the end “Vote Buying” in local elections – wala nang pork from Congressmem.

    No more Political Dynasty – I hope.

  5. While I, together with a lot of Pinoys, appluad the SC’s decision ruling the PDAF unconstitutional, I must ask the question: WHAT ABOUT THE JUDICIAL DISCRETIONARY FUND? THIS IS THE SAME AS PDAF AND YET THE SUPREME COURT IS DEATHLY SILENT ON IT!!! WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES! ALL THE PINOY JUSTICES & JUDGES SHOULD BE HANG UPSIDE DOWN!