Grumbling over pork-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
SOME lawmakers are now grumbling over the impending abolition of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the much vilified pork barrel.
They should rather look for pork lurking in the barrels of national government agencies in the General Appropriations Act.
There’s no use for lawmakers to grumble over their spilt pork.
The P10-billion pork barrel scam involving Janet Lim-Napoles has rendered inevitable the total scrapping of the pork barrel, whether it is good or bad.
As the Bard once said, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
Thinking that a few people pigging on pork barrel funds while so many are trying to make ends meet gives so much reason for Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to cry.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has issued a pastoral letter condemning the pork barrel system and the “politics of patronage” that it promoted as immoral and an “act of terrorism” against the poor.
That sweeping statement makes all lawmakers terrorists.
But Napoles and her kind, which could be unkind yet, are their beneficiaries.
Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, 4th district) said he backed President Noynoy Aquino’s move to scrap the PDAF, but he was worried about the future of more than 2,000 scholars who want to finish college.
He was also worried on his constituents who get free hospitalization from his health cards.
Salimbangon suggested that the government continue all good programs funded by the pork barrel. Why not?
A municipal worker in North Cotabato who earns P300 a day as a grass cutter was surprised to learn he was an incorporator of an NGO linked to Janet Lim-Napoles.
He’s been a utility worker for 18 years and he didn’t know he was supposed to be rich.
He’s just like the beneficiaries who are culled from the published list of board passers.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 07, 2013.