Malacañang vows PDAF will be gone by 2014, will be replaced by "new mechanism"

That’s straight from the Palace.

Manila Bulletin’s Genalyn D. Kabiling reports that on Monday, August 26, "Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda that the administration is committed to replace the much-reviled Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) with a new mechanism that will address the needs of the people in a manner that is transparent and not prone to abuse or corruption."


The report noted: "Insisting there was no need to guess the new name of congressional pork barrel funds, Lacierda also made clear that the PDAF will no longer exist by 2014." lacierda also reiterated, "There have been concerns that it (PDAF) was not abolished. It's been abolished. We will not see PDAF in 2014. The projects will be found in the respective departments," Lacierda said in a Palace press briefing. "Let's not make any guessing game on the name of the new PDAF. There is no such thing as a new PDAF."


The report said that Lacierda called asked people to "let Malacañang know" if they had "any concerns and suggestions about the new system that will replace the notorious PDAF of lawmakers in the proposed 2014 national budget."


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