• Pork can aid disaster victims, says Drilon

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    THE Senate can still use its embargoed portion of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for calamity victims even if the Supreme Court declared the pork barrel unconstitutional, Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Sunday.

    In fact, Drilon said, the Senate will present a resolution today expressing the desire of the Senate to realign the remaining PDAF allocation of all senators and add it to the calamity fund of the government.

    According to Drilon, even if the constitutionality of PDAF is being questioned at the High Court, the funds can be realigned as savings.

    “Even if the Supreme Court declares that it [PDAF] is unconstitutional, we can still use it because realignment is being allowed by the Constitution,” Drilon said in an interview on DZBB.

    The Senate held a caucus last week to discuss how to raise funds to help the victims of recent calamities, including the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Central Visayas.

    Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., admitted in an earlier interview that senators have been swamped with requests for assistance but their hands were tied by the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court that stopped the release of pork barrel funds.

    Marcos said that aside from giving assistance to areas affected by the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, the Senate also wants to provide relief to those affected by Typhoon Santi in Central Luzon and the siege in Zamboanga City.

    The TRO stopped the release of the congressional PDAF for this year as well as non-energy related releases from the Malampaya funds.

    Drilon maintained that the Senate can dip into the pork barrel as long as the releases will be used to beef up the calamity fund.

    He added that it is the executive that can realign the PDAF and transfer it to the calamity fund even without the authorization of Congress.

    At least P12.27 billion of the lawmakers’ PDAF for the second semester of this year had not been released, according to the Department of Budget and Management.

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    4 Comments

    1. Here comes the Prince of Pork again, defending the use of Pork. Where will Frank Lolong Drillon put all his Pork money after 2016? This man is just so greedy, he can never be satisfied.

    2. You can only find lawless pigs in the Pork King’s administration, where else?

      1. First, the remaining PDAF is embargoed, meaning it is subject to a Supreme Court’s TRO which simply means the funds are now within the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction pending resolution of the issues;

      2. Second, and more importantlly those funds came into existyence by virtue of the GAA. Hence, it can never be authorized by the Senate alone. The House of Representatives must pass an enabling law since all appropriations emanates from the House of Representatives. Since the budget is already closed no such law can be enacted. Therefore, no other recourse except the Supreme Court.

      3. Finally, why should the piggy senators be concerned pof their remaining PDAF when the Pork King is toying with his billions of illegal DAP funds no matter what? To me, these senators led by Drilon is just grandstanding to hoodwink the ciotizenry that they care for the people. when their were criminal shenanigans were all unmasked already.

    3. joebert banderas on

      ngayon nalang ninyo naisip yan i,marami ng mga kalamidad na nagdaan bakit hindi ninyo ginawa yan ,kasi nagpapapugi kayo kahit ano pang gawin ninyo wala ng tiwala ang taong bayan sa inyo mabuti pa magresign lahat ng mga corrupt nagpapahiya lng kayo sa bansang pilipinas matatakaw sa pera,meron pang mga donation doon kunin ninyo

    4. joebert banderas on

      huwag na barya lng naman ang mapupunta doon ang malaking porsento sa bulsa pa rin ng mga law makers,hintayin nalang ninyo ang people power initiative para matuluyan ng ma abolish yan at wala na kayong karapatan gumawa nalng kayo ng batas death penalty sa mga kriminal kasama na ang corrupt