Editorial: Sincerity or Hypocrisy?-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon "PNoy" Aquino III's Friday turnaround in favor of Priority Development Assistance Fund or "pork barrel" abolition did not come as a surprise to some critical quarters.
A week earlier, he was not for its abolition justifying that the bad practices of some do not make the PDAF bad. He argued that it can still be corrected by instituting stricter measures so it cannot be abused by some with ill-motives.
In his turnaround, he practically swallowed most of his arguments. He then moved that from now on, it will be called more appropriately and Malacañang will take charge of its proper discharge using line items system.
In short, PNoy is not abolishing it, but simply renaming it and centralizing it in under his office.
With that, PNoy and his core, will now determine where to use the funds and who to entrust its implementation.
Whatever it is, the critical public cannot be swayed from suspecting that PNoy and his real bosses will use it based on their own brand of patronage and corruption.
Is there sincerity to right the wrong, or is it after all plain hypocrisy for a president who has never been serious in pushing for inclusive development?
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 27, 2013.