Hitting pork’s delete button-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
SECRETARY Butch Abad of the Department of Budget and Management said the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) will be deleted from the proposed annual budget.
But the P25.2 billion allocation for lawmakers will stay in 2014 budget, he said. And no, don’t look for another name for the PDAF.
Well, PDAF by any other name is still pork barrel and, as its oppositors say, reeks of graft.
The “Million People March to Luneta” Monday managed to gather up to 100,000 people who demanded for the total scrapping of all pork barrel in the country’s budget.
The participants, largely informed through social media, could have been more than that had President Noynoy Aquino not announced that it’s time to scrap the PDAF.
Watch out for the next rally if the pork barrel stays.
Last Monday’s protest against the pork barrel system shows the power of the social media to take up major current issues and gather a mammoth crowd, although only a smattering joined the Cebu version.
The rally was peaceful wand the opposition to the pork barrel reverberated throughout the Luneta, especially, the “Makibaka, Huwag Magbaboy.”
What was surprising was that when they left, they took their garbage with them. In other words, in fighting against the pork barrel, they didn’t act like pigs.
It looks like the P10-billion pork barrel scam involving 23 congressmen and five senators and siphoned by the NGOs of Janet Lim-Napoles is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
The Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation are looking into another pork barrel scam involving some P101 billion from the Malampaya gas funds.
Are we expecting to see the “grandmother of all pork barrel scams”?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 27, 2013.