PDAF trends; netizens react to PDAF abolition
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.
Sudden change of heart there Mr Prez "@ANCALERTS: Aquino: Panahon na para i-abolish ang PDAF."
— dudeinterrupted (@dudeinterrupted) August 23, 2013
I never tweet anything political but today I will. Pnoy, kami nga ang boss mo! slow clap! #PDAF
— kim atienza (@kuyakim_atienza) August 23, 2013
Props to Pnoy for finally abolishing the PDAF. Ituloy ang laban sa corruption!
— Ernest Caritativo (@ernstcaritz) August 23, 2013
Abolition of PDAF is a commendable move from PNoy. But still, let's be vigilant & make sure that funds will be channeled to social services
— Heart Diño (@HEARTdino) August 23, 2013
Seryoso ba si PNoy sa pag-abolish ng PDAF? Thank goodness. Sana totoo at di lang nakikisabay sa agos.
— Marvin Zandro R. R. (@marvinzandro) August 23, 2013
This is only one step, others said, and will depend on the diligence of the government.
First step: abolish PDAF. Second step: investigate abuse. Third step: punish all guilty parties to the full extent of the law. No mercy.
— wanggo gallaga (@wanggo_g) August 23, 2013
Just finished reading the President's statement on #PDAF. Am ok with the changes. Hope it is strict.
— Cocoy Dayao (@cocoy) August 23, 2013
My golly, solons should not be allowed to lobby anymore for any project or else pdaf abolition is a mere show. Just focus on crafting laws.
— rolly carandang (@MB_rollycar) August 23, 2013
However, others said that Aquino’s statement does not mean much at all.
Pnoy's announcement today is proof that public anger cannot be ignored. We must not be deceived, the pork barrel will continue…#scrappork
— Noem Lardizabal-Dado (@momblogger) August 23, 2013
@markcojuangco 2/2 speaking wo details, they did not offered much except the statement that it is time to abolish PDAF...
— Malou Tiquia (@maltiq) August 23, 2013
I retract my statement. NOYNOY IS NOT BATMAN. HE'S THE JOKER. There's no abolition of PDAF. LESS FAT, BUT IT'S STILL PORK. #abolishpdaf
— Miguel Calayag (@hashtagcalayag) August 23, 2013
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.
— RJ Matira (@arjaymatt) August 23, 2013
Sa wakas mawawala na rin ang PDAF na yan. =) Tanong may tatakbo pa bang pulitiko next election? XD
— Neil Anthony Florin (@neilflo352) August 23, 2013
At dahil iaabolish na Ang PDAF, sabay sabay nagface Palm Ang mga tongressmen "panu na ung nagastos ko nung election?"
— kylie yannis (@kyleyannis) August 23, 2013
Good news: PNoy abolishes #PDAF! Bad news: He just renamed it to Presidential Development Assistance Fund! Hala! Mga Cong at Sen, pila na!
— Papoy Vega (@PapoyVega) August 23, 2013
Tanggalin ang PDAF, ipalit ang BADAF (Bad Ass Development Assistance Fund) !!!
— louierazon (@louierazon) August 23, 2013