Sen. Jinggoy Estrada defends giving his pork barrel allocation to Manila: "I did not give it to Mayor Estrada, I gave it to the people of Manila&
Daddy must be so proud.
Ernie Reyes of InterAksyon.com reports that Senator Jinggoy Estrada has defended his decision to realign part of his P200-million pork allocation for 2014 to Manila, where his former President Joseph Estrada, is sitting as mayor by saying he did it not for his father, but for the poor people in the city.
According to the report, Estrada insisted in a phone patch interview on Thursday (January 9) that there was nothing wrong with the realignment because it was for the benefit of the poor people who need assistance in the cash-strapped city. "I did not give it to Mayor Estrada, I gave it to the people of Manila," he said.
He noted that part of his realigned pork barrel fund, which was "included in amendments during Senate deliberations on the P2.268-trillion 2014 national budget," will also go to the cities of Caloocan and Cagayan de Oro.
Estrada is one of the nine senators who have opted to use their pork allocations for this year despite the Supreme Court's decision declaring the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional. The other senators who were revealed to have utilized their PDAF are Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, JV Ejercito, Ralph Recto, Lito Lapid, Ramon Revilla Jr., and Antonio Trillanes IV.
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