MANILA - Many national candidates in the recent polls pushed for the abolition of the pork barrel.
This 16th Congress, at least one party-list nominee says he's not planning to use his pork barrel.
Buhay party-list second nominee and former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza says he would rather give the funds to local government units that will provide jobs and social services.
"I am not sure I'd like to receive that. I'd like to look into it because I was a Congressman once. We didn't have a pork barrel, and that was even the time during Martial Law. It's a new mutation of corruption," he said in an ANC interview.
Magdalo second nominee Ashley Acedillo, meanwhile, believes moves to abolish pork barrel will never get past Congress.
"I don't think a drastic measure to remove it will work. It will not be supported by the current members of the House. What I would propose rather is a slow decrease," Acedillo said.
Representative Sherwin Tugna of party-list winner Cibac is not planning to reject his pork but said it should be decreased.
As for OFW Family party-List nominee Roy Señeres, pork barrel will go a long way towards helping overseas Filipino workers.
"The money will be utilized for the repatriation of stranded OFWs, for blood money, for convicted, about-to-be-beheaded OFWs. I may even ask for more from the Budget Secretary," he said.
But pork barrel isn't just the sole agenda for these nominees they also vow to push for measures on good governance and public welfare.
ANC Dateline Philippines, May 28, 2013