3 out of 4 Filipinos believes pols pocket half of ‘pork’-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
ACCORDING to a new survey released by Pulse Asia on Monday, three out of four Filipinos believe that at least half of the budget allocated for a project or program of a lawmaker is lost to corruption.
The data was based on second part of the nationwide survey on the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel system conducted by the independent pollster from September 14 to 27.
Out of the 77 percent who believed that most of the budget allocated for a project or program of a lawmaker is lost to corruption, 30 percent said that half of the program's budget were pocketed by lawmakers, 27 percent think more than half of the budget goes to corruption and 20 percent are of the view that nearly the entire budget of a lawmaker's program goes to waste.
Between October 2004 and September 2013, Pulse Asia said there is a nine percent increase in the number of Filipinos who believe that almost the entire budget of a lawmaker's program goes to corruption while the percentage of Filipinos who only think half of the budget went to wrong hands slipped by seven percent.
The survey also revealed two more things. First, a small of majority of Filipinos (54 percent) were not aware of any program in their place implemented by any lawmaker in the past six years. Second, a big plurality of Filipinos (42 percent) would like lawmakers to prioritize having projects and programs over their other duties and responsibilities as members of Congress.
Events that took place during the survey period include the privilege speech of Senator Jinggoy Estrada last September 25 that divulged that several senators received P50 million additional pork barrel funds, tax evasion case filed by Bureau of Internal Revenue against Janet Napoles and her husband.
The survey used face to face interviews with 1,200 respondents, aged 18 years old and above. It has a ± 3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. (Sunnex)