SAME DOG, DIFFERENT COLLAR


20130823-141804.jpgJOINT STATEMENT OF CENTERLAW AND CONCERNED CITIZENS MOVEMENT
ON THE ALLEGED ABOLITION OF THE PORK BARREL: IT IS MERELY A CHANGE OF NAME.

The President’s announcement of the alleged abolition of the PDAF or the pork barrel is proof that no government can ignore public opinion. Nonetheless, Centerlaw and the Concerned Citizens Movement express concern that what the President may have announced is only a change of name. PDAF used to be known as the CDF or the Countryside Development Fund. It was named PDAF after investigative journalists exposed the CDF as pork barrel. It may be that this alleged abolition of PDAF is yet to be another renaming.

To completely do away with pork barrel, what is required is to abolish all lump sum appropriations. Under the scheme announced by the President, legislators will continue to identify projects. This may mean that legislator’s discretion on project identification and implementation may remain.

Moreover, all forms of pork barrel must be abolished. Specifically, the Malampaya fund must be spent pursuant to the Local Government Code.This means putting an end to presidential discretion on spending this multi-billion fund. Likewise, the judiciary must once and for all also be transparent on its spending of the judiciary development fund. It must also make public and do away with the discretionary fund of all justices.

The President’s announcement today is proof that public anger cannot be ignored. We must not, however, be deceived. The pork barrel will continue despite this latest presidential pronouncement. WE STILL NEED TO OCCUPY LUNETA ON MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013, STARTING 9:00AM.

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5 comments on “SAME DOG, DIFFERENT COLLAR

  1. aaron legaspi says:

    yes I agree Sir Harry all pork barrel in any form and name should be abolished especially the judiciary fund under the SC/

  2. Belinda says:

    i totally agree.just a total repackaging and rebranding of PDAF, nice try and nice marketing strategy. what we need is DEATH PENALTY for PDAF PIGGIES doing repeat business and to any scammers planning ahead. Since it has been in the system for years now,an abrupt change must be done. Investigation and impeachment doesnt work at all.

  3. kawawa naman ang ibang NGOs na naghihirap at seryosong nag-implementa sa mga proyektong dapat sanay ay sila ang gumagawa. Dapat MAGKAISA lahat ng mga NGOs at POs sa buong bansa laban nito!

  4. […] [The following is the joint statement of CENTERLAW and Concerned Citizens Movement on the alleged abolition of the pork barrel, as posted on the blog of activist lawyer Harry Roque] […]

  5. karl marx says:

    modification of the name, that’s another hit again!

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