US Pinoys support suspension of pork barrel

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

August 20, 2013

New York President Aquino said that releases under the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) have been suspended while investigations into the alleged misuse of the pork barrel is underway.

Aquino said he is saddened by the Commision on Audit’s revelations of questionable use of the fund.

The Philippine Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee said that an investigation on the scam that has linked lawmakers to the misuse of their pork barrel funds will begin.

Philippine Senator Teofisto Guingona said in a statement that the Commission on Audit’s recent revelations on pork barrel misuse prompted their own probe — on top of the ongoing investigations conducted by the Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). It was our view that the preliminary findings by the DOJ and the NBI can serve as a basis for the Blue Ribbon Committee’s probe, Guingona said, COA findings can now serve as a basis as the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to begin its probe.

The first hearing is scheduled on August 29th.

Meantime, New York community leader Loida Nicolas Lewis said that US Pinoys for Good Governance supports these investigations.

Look at this, itong mga involved dito sa scam na ito, yung pera, community development fund nasa bulsa lang nila, sa akin yan ang tunay na walanghiya, so they should not be re-elected again for the Senate or for Congress, she explained.

The President has maintained that there is no reason to abolish the pork barrel system because it addresses local needs that are unknown to the national government. He’s added that they are trying to come up with a system that prevents loopholes that lead to the abuse.

“Mayroon namang mga NGO na totoong tumutulong, na mawawalan ng access to resources na nakakatulong sa kanilang mga komunidad kung ipe-puwera natin sila, Aquino said, So, we’re trying to come up with that system that, siyempre, does away with all of the loopholes na a para makalusot, para siguradong mapunta doon sa talagang pangangailangan ng bawat komunidad.”

Lewis said she agrees with the President that pork barrel is good if only it was not misused and that there should be more checks and balance to prevent these pork barrel scams.

The new Congressman Leni Robredo, whom many of us supported has filed her first bill or second bill and this is transparency of the pork barrel, Nicolas-Lewis said.
Aquino is now calling for tighter monitoring and more stringent measures to prevent the misuse of pork barrels.

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

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  • jorge buesa
    20 August 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    I wonder how much money was taking from the pork barrel ?

  • Aw
    21 August 2013 at 4:09 am - Reply

    http://youtu.be/PaEfkKzhQkA
    Ayan ang link kung papaano gastusin ng anak nya ang pera na galing sa pork barrel sa birthday party na pinalabas ng mga Napoles na fashion designer pa ang style kuno! lol!

  • Delia
    22 August 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Pork Barrel is good as long as it goes to intended purposes. But too many politicians are corrupt .

  • what???
    22 August 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    As much as Filipinos loves pork, the barrel is the politicians all-time favorite.

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