Senate fails to resolve PDAF in 2014


Oct. 23, 2013

MANILA – The Senate failed to reach a decision Wednesday whether to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in 2014.

After an afternoon caucus, Drilon told reporters many senators wanted a total abolition. However, he said some wanted to realign the P4.8 billion pork barrel instead to the calamity fund.

He added some senators were also not around today.

The senators will instead each give their proposals by November 11 on what they want to do with their P200 million pork.

Each senator is alloted P200 million in PDAF.

The proposals will be discussed on November 18, when senators return for the regular sessions.

The Senate will go on recess tomorrow.

Drilon, who drafted the proposal for the total abolition of the pork, said such a move will help clean the tarnished image of the Senate.

The senators earlier abandoned their remaining pork for 2013 in view of the disasters that have struck the country.

The release of the PDAF for 2013 was, however, halted by the Supreme Court.

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