Drilon wants senators' PDAF abolished
MANILA - Senate President Franklin Drilon has filed a resolution to totally abolish senators' Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the 2014 national budget.
He also filed a separate resolution to realign the remaining PDAF of senators as calamity funds for disaster victims.
Drilon said the abolished PDAF will amount to around P4.8 billion.
"The resolution is to abolish it completely and totally and not to give it another name or re-align the funds," he said on Monday.
"We will be charged again of just giving PDAF another name. I will sign this resolution, I will file it and I'm confident that we will have at least the majority," Drilon added.
He also defended his move to realign lawmakers' remaining pork barrel funds to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund.
"We are an independent body and we will make our own resolution," Drilon, said after it was pointed out that there is a Supreme Court temporary restraining order on the PDAF.
He said that if pork barrel funds are realigned as calamity funds, they will no longer be considered PDAF.
Meanwhile, Drilon, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano handed a check worth P6 million to Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman for disaster victims.
The amount came from the savings of the Senate.
Soliman said they will use the money for food packs to earthquake victims in Cebu and Bohol, as well as for typhoon victims and displaced families in Zamboanga.