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“Realigned” PDAF is still pork barrel

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Teddy Casiño

Today’s news (9 senators realign P1.8-billion pork | Inquirer News) say senators, and by implication also congressmen, “realigned” their pork barrel funds which were recently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Supposedly in compliance with the decision, they amended the 2014 budget by transferring their Priority Development Assistance Fund (a.k.a. congressional pork barrel) of P200M per senator and P70M per congressman to various agencies like, in Sen. Estrada’s blatant case, the City of Manila where his dad is the mayor.

The question to ask is not where these funds were realigned but whether legislators had the right to do this in the first place.

Since said funds were already declared unconstitutional and illegal by the SC, then it should have been stricken out of the budget altogether and, if realigned to other items, should not have been done on an individual basis by legislators still treating the fund as…

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Author: pchan_august

Juris Doctor (Law) Graduate. Iskolar ng Bayan. Activist. Environmentalist. Frustrated Singer, Poet and Writer. Computer Enthusiast. Servant of the Masses. God's Servant.

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