Binay blames pork scam on lack of discipline in govt

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 29 2014 04:52 PM | Updated as of Jun 30 2014 12:53 AM

MANILA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay slammed the lack of discipline in the bureaucracy, which he said was used as a stepping stone to steal from the public coffers.

“The system is so weak, disorderly and prone to manipulation that a scheming street-smart person from Basilan has been able to conspire with the bureaucracy and fleece the people of their money,” Binay said in his speech before the Joint Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Western and Eastern Visayas in Iloilo.

He said the pork barrel scam would not have happened had there been stricter handling of public funds.

“Official corruption finds its roots in the weakness of patriotic commitment and lack of discipline in our bureaucracy. Think about it: Will this ‘pork barrel scam’ materialize if there was strict, proper, and professional handling of public funds by the Budget Department and the implementing agencies?” he asked.

He also lauded the IBP for filing a case in the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which some believe is a form of presidential pork.

“With your filing of a petition before the Supreme Court assailing the constitutionality of the so-called ‘Disbursement Acceleration Program’ or DAP, the IBP has registered its strong position to be on the side of impartial accountability and genuine reform in governance,” he said.

“Hopefully, our Supreme Court will soon rule on your petition and find merit in the same for the sake of a truly holistic resolution of the ‘pork barrel scam,” he added.

The SC may issue a decision on the DAP in July.

Contentions about the DAP was first raised when Senator Jinggoy Estrada, in a privilege speech, said Malacanang released funds after the ouster of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Estrada is facing plunder charges for allegedly diverting his pork barrel to fake nongovernment organizations. He said he did not know that the organizations were bogus, adding the implementing agencies should have checked the capabilities of the NGOs.