Pampanga lawmaker supports Aquino on ‘pork’ stand-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Representative Oscar Rodriguez (Pampanga, third district) said he fully supports the decision of President Benigno Aquino III to suspend the release of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of lawmakers until those involved in the pork barrel scam are charged.
Earlier, Rodriguez told Sun.Star Pampanga that he prefers to have the PDAF retained so long as the proper process in its use and release is followed, until the recent turn of events when the President took the staunch stand.
"I respect and fully support the decision of the President. He has made his stand on the issue and we all know that it is right and for the good of the people," he said.
Rodriguez stressed that funding of projects will go on as usual, but will certainly be free from corruption and anomalies.
"Line budgeting na iyan. Funding for projects will still be submitted but these will go directly to concerned agencies like DPWH for infrastructure, the CHEd or particular universities for education and DoH for health programs. Hindi na dadaan iyan sa mga NGOs so people will definitely feel the economic impact of a specific project in a district," he said.
He added that he is anticipating an inquiry, which may be referred to his committee, the House committee on good government and public accountability.
“If we would be tasked to do that, then we will. But I do not want to be branded as grandstanding at the expense of my colleagues," emphasized Rodriguez.
He said he lamented that some of his colleagues, about 180, have been "tagged" into the controversy.
"Nakakalungkot. In fact, even my daughter lawyer Riza Bautista who is an executive at Chevron told me over dinner once na like many law-abiding citizens, she pays her taxes diligently, pero kinukurakot lang daw. Nakakalungkot talaga ang mga pangyayari," said Rodriguez.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 01, 2013.