PDAF used to curry favor with allies, says analyst
MANILA – President Benigno Aquino on Friday said it's about time to abolish the pork barrel and promised sweeping reforms in the use of public funds.
Vice President Jejomar Binay agreed with the President’s statements but he added that government should stop patronage politics.
Binay also wants a deeper investigation into the disbursements of pork barrel in recent years.
Political analyst Mon Casiple said pork barrel has long been used to curry favor with allies and curtail political opponents.
“Ang pork barrel isang political ‘yan na pondo. Na kung kalaban kita, kung ako ang presidente, kaya kita isipitin sa kahit anong paraan. ‘Sige may pork barrel ka, pero iba pa ‘yung usapin kung makukuha mo,” said Casiple.
Senator Bong Revilla, one of those being implicated in the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam, said he fully supports the President's decision.
“I welcome the move of the President to abolish the pork barrel system just as I supported an earlier similar move in the Senate,” the senator said.
Another lawmaker linked to the controversy, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, said he is ready to face any investigation on the use of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
“I am ready to be investigated and prosecuted if anyone can prove that I financially benefited from the unscrupulous and illegal schemes of criminal syndicates,” said Enrile.
The Senate is all set to begin its inquiry on the pork barrel scam next Thursday.