Senate President Franklin Drilon said Saturday the abolition of the pork barrel would lead the country closer to the “straight path.”
“We [the Senate]laud the President for exercising political will over political patronage in handling the issue of PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund),” Drilon said, explaining how the decision would free the poor Filipinos from the practice of political debt and patronage.
“It only shows the government’s strong resolve in implementing ‘tuwid na daan’ or straight path and good governance,” he added.
Drilon said scrapping the PDAF not only will address the issues of corruption but will also “free the poor from the shackles of political debt and patronage, which had been the practice of corrupt politicians”.
He said that even if the Senate abolished the PDAF, the needs of the constituents of legislators will not be neglected.
“I am particularly in favor of putting the desired projects or initiatives of lawmakers in the budget as line items because it creates a system where the public or the lawmakers’ constituents will have the chance to scrutinize them and guard their lawmakers’ process of identifying their projects,” Drilon said.