Editorial: Porkchop-less Congress-A A +A
Sunday, August 25, 2013
TO EVERY story, there will always be two sides.
And when President P-Noy announced Friday Malacañang is keen on abolishing the pork barrel and instead replaced with a line item budgeting system to make it less susceptible to corruption the two sides raised their voices.
Although it has yet to pass under scrutiny, Baguio congressman Nicasio Aliping and mayor Mauricio Domogan has posted their opposition to the abolition.
Aliping, the first termer lawmaker, said the PDAF removal will put on hold the delivery of basic social services to the people in need.
PDAF is basically a single or lump sum item in the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA) with House members automatically getting P70 million each and senators, P200 million.
Calls for PDAF abolition snowballed following the discovery of the activities of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles who had reportedly connived with some lawmakers in cornering huge chunks of PDAF through bogus non-government organizations.
A Commission on Audit (COA) report will later detail the wheeling and dealing between corrupt lawmakers and private individuals representing questionable NGOs and foundations from 2007 to 2009.
But some lawmakers opposed the abolition. As Aliping reiterated it will compromise high impact projects meant to serve the people.
According to Aliping, the Congress has now devised a scheme for tougher guidelines in receiving their pork.
Even with stricter guidelines for receiving PDAF would be in place, a thief will always find a way to steal.
The pork barrel has always been a source of corruption in the House of Representatives and even the Senate for the longest time.
Many would want it abolished and instead channel the funds directly to those in need.
But if the President is dead serious in removing the pork barrel, then let’s all wait and see what happens next.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 26, 2013.