CBCP urges Aquino: Junk presidential pork

Posted at 10/03/2013 12:46 PM

MANILA - Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President and Cebu Bishop Jose Palma said Malacanang should heed to the call of the public to abolish all pork, including that of the president.

“This supposed opportunity for goodness was used in a bad way,” Palma was quoted as saying in CBCP News.

“Many have affirmed that the pork barrel has been a source of corruption (in the government),” he said.

He said President Benigno Aquino III should not shut out the clamor of the people. “The sentiment of the majority is to scrap off the [priority development assistance fund] including the presidential pork barrel.”

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo also appealed to Aquino to use his sense of delicadeza.

“How come this concept of pork barrel is so hard to scrap? It should be abolished and the President must show that he has no interest in it,” Pabillo said.

The so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) has already been suspended, but Malacanang officials have defended its use in spurring infrastructure programs.

More than P1 billion DAP was allegedly used as incentive to senators who voted to oust Chief Justice Renato Corona.