When pigs fly-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
THE Supreme Court on Tuesday started hearing oral arguments on cases questioning the constitutionality of the lawmakers’ pork barrel, officially known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The High Court earlier issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the release of all pork barrel funds.
Suddenly, the taps are running dry. No more pigging out on pork barrel.
Lawmakers, over the years, helped themselves liberally on the overabundant pork barrel whose constitutionality is now being questioned before the High Court.
US President Abraham Lincoln was once quoted as saying, "There are too many pigs for the tits," in reference to the number of people asking him for government jobs.
In the controversial pork barrel issue, it seems there’s a tit for every pig.
The Commission on Audit is now looking into the releases to senators and congressmen of funds from the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that were not provided for in the 2011 or 2012 national budgets.
No scandal has yet been uncovered with the DAP. But its constitutionality is also now
Pork barrel funds come in many forms, from the PDAF to the DAP.
Probably, the pork barrel will end when pigs fly.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago had asked COA chair Grace Pulido-Tan to investigate the allocations and the projects under DAP.
Critics of the administration said the DAP was used to “bribe” or reward senators and congressmen who had voted to impeach and convict Chief Justice Renato Corona in June last year.
Let’s be clear. The P50 million to P100 million were given to senators “after” they voted for Corona’s conviction.
Corona’s conviction was not a project. But the DAP may have accelerated his conviction.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.