MANILA - Malacanang dismised the allegations of a former National Treasurer that President Benigno Aquino III also has his own version of lawmakers’ pork barrel funds.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte noted the P1 trillion being alleged by former National Treasures Leonor Briones is already half of the budget plan.
“There is no pork barrel counterpart in the budget for the president. What the president has is the presidential social fund, which is well accounted for,” she told radio dzRB.
Briones earlier explained the supposed executive pork barrel comes in the form of lump sum items, some of which can be released via Aquino’s approval alone.
Briones also said there are the unprogrammed funds, which can only be disbursed by agencies when they hit their revenue targets.
But Valte said Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad is not wanting in explaining the appropriation plan for 2014.
Despite the alleged misuse of the pork barrel among lawmakers, Malacanang earlier said this should be retained in the 2014 national budget.
A number of lawmakers have called for the abolition of the pork barrel when news of the supposed P10 billion allegedly siphoned by a hoax non-government organization came out.