Pork abolition stance snowballs-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
THE controversies that surfaced on the alleged “pork” barrel fund scam resulted in the snowballing of proposals for its abolition.
Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said they have been informed about the scheduled March to Luneta on August 26, primarily to call for the abolition of pork barrel funds for senators and congressmen.
Carbon said that because of such information, the business sector, private groups, and civil society will have a meeting today to decide on the issue on pork barrel.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., for his part, said he backs the proposal that pork barrel funds will be coursed through the local government units. He believes that if it abolished, the pork barrel would be replaced with another name with stricter and more transparent guidelines.
Fr. Felix Pasquin of the San Sebastian Cathedral, likewise, said he also backs the abolition of pork barrel, adding that it promotes patronage politics.
Reports from ABS- CBN have it that based on the Special Audit Report of the Commission on Audit, three Negros Occidental solons, namely, Rep. Jules Ledesma (1st District), Jose Carlos Lacson (3rd District) and the late Rep. Ignacio Arroyo (5th District) had allegedly released some amount of their pork barrel to dubious non-government organizations through their suppliers.
The NGO's were among those who were alleged to be ‘fake beneficiaries’ for having no permits and were not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Lacson and Ledesma could not be reached for comment as of press time Monday.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 20, 2013.