MANILA – The acronym “PDAF” trended on social media today as President Benigno Aquino III said that it is time to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly known as “pork barrel.”
Aquino’s statement this afternoon in Malacañang on the issue of pork barrel comes as calls for its abolition intensify.
The PDAF, long believed by citizens to be a source of personal spending money for corrupt politicians, was thrust further into the limelight when news broke of money being filtered into “ghost projects” through fake non-government organizations, an initiative said to have been led by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and her brother.
While many lauded Aquino for a move they said shows he listens to the people, others criticized him for being fickle due to his supposed change of heart and implementing what they call a stopgap measure.
This is only one step, others said, and will depend on the diligence of the government.
However, others said that Aquino’s statement does not mean much at all.
Others said that while Aquino’s move is a step in the right direction, other issues such as freedom of information (FOI) should not be forgotten. The FOI Bill, they said, should be signed into law.
Some chose to take a dig at legislators, saying there may be a lack of them come the next polls. Others took a jab at Aquino, challenging him to get rid of his Social Fund as well.