"Pork barrel rules" to be amended to curb corruption

The changes are meant to stamp out abuse and misuse of funds.

InterAksyon.com' s Lira Dalangin-Fernandez reports that Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said on Tuesday that "changes will be made in the rules for spending the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, to curb corruption."

 

According to the report, Abad announced he will meet up with House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. to "discuss the possible reforms in the rules, which would include limiting the use of PDAF only to representatives' legislative districts." But the secretary did not mention if new rules will also be drafted for the use of pork barrel by party-list representatives and senators, who do not have specific districts.

 

The clamor for changes to be made regarding how their PDAF is spent comes in the wake of the exposés alleging that several lawmakers were involved in the "P10-billion peso pork barrel scam" where they connived with a businesswoman "to fund bogus projects proposed by non-existent nongovernmental organizations."

 

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