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.
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.