Ex-mayor asks SC to scrap lawmakers' pork barrel
3rd plea vs legislators' pork
MANILA - A former mayor of Boac, Marinduque has joined calls for the scrapping of the pork barrel of lawmakers.
Pedrito Nepomuceno, who is also a former Marinduque Provincial Board member, filed a seven-page petition with the Supreme Court (SC) that seeks to declare the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of legislators unconstitutional.
Nepomuceno urged the high court to immediately issue a cease and desist order to prevent the disbursement of the said fund by President Aquino and Congress.
Nepomuceno said that the PDAF should be released to the local governments to fund their priority projects.
He stressed that the pork barrel system has opened doors for massive corruption.
"[The] PDAF has become the most abused and misused funds of all available funds in our government so that we may now call it as [the] 'Mother of all Corruptions,'" the petition read.
Nepomuceno said that the PDAF “has been proven to be counter-productive as projects identified by legislators who are not familiar and knowledgeable with the situation in the LGUs (local government units).”
He also pointed out that the pork barrel system "has become a suppressive scheme" that has "become a tool to divide our leaders and our people rather than a development tool to develop our nation.”
Nepomuceno’s petition is the third filed before the high court seeking the abolition of the pork barrel system on the heels of the recently discovered "pork barrel scam" allegedly perpetrated by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Napoles has denied the allegations against her.