Here Piggy, Piggy: What Politicians Have to Say About the Pork Barrel Scam
Fact is truly stranger than fiction
(SPOT.ph) Things just got hotter now that Janet Lim-Napoles has surfaced and we’re hoping that it’ll provide a good fire for the pork to be grilled. Commission on Audit Chairman Grace Pulido Tan has given her report to the blue ribbon committee and with all these pieces of information being brought to the table, it’s best to take a quick look at what has already been said about the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF.
"Ewan ko, ’yun yung nadatnan kong patakaran eh. (I don’t know, it was there when I got there.)." - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, on the extra P100 million he received during his term as senate president.
"This is it. This controversy has been engineered by the administration for only one purpose - to demolish the opposition, especially those who enjoy the popular support of our people." - Senator Bong Revilla's initial reaction to the pork barrel scam.
Look at the birdy! Janet Lim Napoles, Senator Bong Revilla, and Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
"It is not up to the senators to determine whether an NGO is bogus or not...Alangan naman na kami pa ang magsasabi na, ’Uy, bogus ’yan.’ How will we know? (It’s not up to the senators to determine whether an NGO is bogus or not...Is it really our job to go out and say, ’Hey, that’s bogus.’ How will we know?)." - Senator Jinggoy Estrada, on why he released money for the benefit of bogus NGOs.
"What will happen if we will not take a direct hand (in the identification of projects)? Let’s just abolish Congress then." - Senate President Franklin Drilon, on the "power of the purse" held by Congress and the consequences of taking away the PDAF
"Basta huwag lang manghihingi sa amin ang mga tao! (Just don’t ask for financial help from us!)" - Second District of Cavite Representative Lani Mercado, on what should happen after the PDAF has been abolished.
"It is unfair to deny those who committed no wrongdoing to be denied access to it." - First District of Sulu Representative Tupay Loong, on why he is opposed to abolishing the PDAF.
P-Noy’s statement on the Million People March against the Pork Barrel System
"Palagay ko, hindi PDAF iyung issue dito. Iyung issue dito iyung graft and corruption. Iyung proseso ng pangyayari. (I think the issue is not the PDAF but the graft and corruption. It’s about the process and what has happened.)" - Vice President Jejomar Binay, on his Social Services Fund and what the people are really angry about.
"Let’s not deal with Napoles because I think Napoles is just a poster person of a group of operators independently operating." - Senator Ping Lacson, on the grander scheme of things regarding Janet Lim Napoles and PDAF.
"The problem with the pork barrel in our country is that corruption has become institutionalized...the pork barrel has become a weapon of mass destruction of public funds." - Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, on the real issue behind the pork barrel scam.
"Let's open our books. Let's not hide anything." - Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, on what must be done during the porl barrel scam investigation.