MANILA – Time to lead by example, Mr. President.

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito on Friday challenged President Aquino to scrap his own Special Purpose Funds (SPF) after Aquino’s announcement that he will abolish the priority development assistance funds of lawmakers.

“The President should lead by example in this whole process, by scrapping his own Special Purpose Funds (SPF), commonly known as presidential fund, and other such lump-sum funds sourced from revenue from some government agencies or government-owned and controlled corporations,” Ejercito said in a statement.

“It will be beneficial for President Aquino if he shows sincerity by leading the way in effecting changes for the benefit of our nation,” he added.

Ejercito issued the statement following Aquino’s announcement that he is now in favor of abolishing the existing pork barrel system since it remains prone to corruption.

The senator urged the President to take action by filing cases against those linked to the plunder of government funds “using as immediate basis the [Commission on Audit] Special Audit Report covering 2007-2009.”

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