By: Francis Allan Angelo
THE pork barrel (officially known as Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF) is tougher than a virus.
Issues on the misuse and misappropriation of taxpayers’ money which end up as largesse to lawmakers recur from time to time. But Philippine presidents have been hesitant to eliminate the infamous fund which has been the ultimate symbol of official corruption.
The pork barrel has become a breathing monster. You can’t kill it, just live with it. It’s like the mythical hydra. Chop a head and two more will replace it.
Indeed, PDAF is like pork. It may be unhealthy in large portions but one can’t resist its delicious temptation.
Pandora’s Box has been opened again and again, wreaking havoc on our sensibilities as a nation. Now is the time for President Benigno S.C. Aquino III to walk his talk.Chop off the pork, Mr. President.
The amounts purportedly funneled to bogus organizations and suppliers, eventually finding their way to insatiable pockets, are astounding if not scandalous.
P10 billion was funneled to non-government organizations that don’t exist. If they exist, they are owned by the same set of people who have connections high above.
The Commission on Audit reported that P6.156 billion pork barrel funds were transferred by seven government agencies to 82 allegedly dubious non-government organizations from 2007 to 2009.