Scrap legislative, executive 'pork', PNoy urged

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 16 2013 06:01 PM | Updated as of Jul 17 2013 03:47 AM

MANILA - Makabayan bloc lawmakers want President Benigno Aquino to remove all executive and legislative pork in the 2014 budget as they renewed efforts to pass a bill scrapping the pork barrel.

"Abolish pork. Tanggalin pork barrel sa sistema pero pagtanggal 'di lang sa legislators kung 'di presidential," Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said Tuesday.

"'Di pwede confined, dapat lahat ng congressman, senator, alyado o di alyado, tanggal," he added. "Fair treatment, walang pork sa lahat."

Colmenares said the ongoing investigation and public reaction to the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds are necessary because he believes Priority Development Assistance Funds are a source of graft.

He said the investigation should not discriminate between allies and critics and there must be immediate accountability.

Colmenares added that the investigation should also include executive department agencies involved in the disbursement of funds.

He said their bill for the abolition of the pork barrel system shall prohibit the President from providing a budgetary item or including in the proposed budget submitted to Congress every fiscal year, lump sum allocations to the PDAF and other lump sum discretionary amounts.

Aside from the legislators' pork barrel, the bill will also abolish the Presidential pork barrel funds, such as the President's Social Fund sourced from revenue-generating agencies like PAGCOR, PCSO, and the Malampaya fund.

Colmenares said Aquino can start by submitting a 2014 budget proposal without the items for pork barrel for lawmakers and the executive.

He urged his colleagues to support their bill abolishing pork barrel.

ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said their bill faces an uphill battle.