Malacanang rejects calls to scrap presidential "pork"

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

August 27, 2013

NEW YORK – After tens of thousands of anti-pork protestors worldwide challenged the Philippine President to give up his own so called pork barrel fund, Malacanang rejected the calls to abolish it saying Aquino’s Presidential Social Fund (PSF) is not pork barrel fund.

It not funded by the GAA or that’s not funded by the Internal Revenue Collections nor Customs Duties It’s essentially a trust fund, we don’t propose an amount for the Presidential Social Fund every year, the fund is supported and replenished by a percentage of profit from PAGCOR, If I’m not mistaken may maliit din sa PCSO, said Undersecretary Abigail Valte.

The PSF includes Special Purpose Funds (SPF) used for contingency and calamity funds, Department of Education school building programs as well as for financial and educational assistance for families of slain soldiers.

The PSF also goes to Unprogrammed Funds that includes AFP modernization program, debt management program among many others.

The PSF cannot be used for other purposes according to Valte.

That’s why we need a very very honest President, that doesn’t steal, responded New york community leader Loida Nicolas Lewis.

Having worked as the Acting Chief of Staff for a Congressman in the Philippines in 2000, Marivir Montebon, who says she has seen the culture of corruption first-hand inside the walls of Congress, believes that abolishing the pork barrel system is not the only answer to eradicating corruption. They have so much power and that is mostly unaudited, and discretionary yan so it really breeds mga baboy, mga magnanakaw so that has to be changed the rules must be changed, he said.

Because they already know and they found out a scheme or a way to be able to grab this money legally and without being questioned, the question here, the problem here is complete auditing, said Gary Labao of Bayan USA.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • jorge buesa
    27 August 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    They should handle the pork barrel case first, than talk about other schemes ? If they is anymore schemes ?

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