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No pork in 2015 budget, Drilon says

Senate President Franklin Drilon on Sunday debunked reports that P25 billion worth of pork barrel funds will be included in the 2015 national budget.

Drilon issued a statement saying there is no truth to a report published (not in the Manila Bulletin) that say senators would be able to keep their P200 million annual Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) while House members would be able to retain their P70 million annual allocation for a number of infrastructure projects.

The Supreme Court struck down PDAF as unconstitutional in November 2013 after a scandal broke out over allegations that lawmakers channeled their pork barrel to bogus projects in exchange for kickbacks.

Three senators—Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla, Jr.–are now facing plunder and graft charges after being linked to the anomaly.

“There is no truth to a… report that the Senate leadership has instructed its members to submit a list of projects that would be funded by the 2015 national budget,” Drilon said.

Drilon denied that Senate leaders asked its members to submit a list of infrastructure projects and medical, educational and financial assistance beneficiaries that they want to be included in next year’s budget.

“I have never asked my colleagues to prepare and submit a list containing preferences for development projects which used to be funded by PDAF,” Drilon said.

He reiterated that the Senate itself led efforts to abolish the PDAF even before the Supreme Court declared the pork barrel funds as unconstitutional.

He also said he has never received any request from the Department of Budget and Management to initiate or coordinate such a selection.

  • rickgo

    We call it smoke screen. Kunwari lang. The truth as Mr. Kingfisher said “They will always attempt to go around and steal from us”. What we need “reform, reform, and reform”. Reform palitan lahat ang mga magnanakaw. Reform palitan lahat ang mga hindi educated, Reform ipalit ang mga “young” and “creative” political science background. Tangalin lahat ang mga illiterate (unggoy), veteranong magnanakaw si tanda, artistang revilla. Wala gagawin yan mga yan kundi magnakaw. The young graduate with strong political science experience can “do” attitude are most candidate for future leader of our country. If we keep these bastard (politicians) in the senate and always complaining “not my job” like Drilion etc. De Lima a puppet and all inutil in our political group then we are heading to “disastrous” country in the world. As our leaders are bunch of fucking “corrupt”, “incompetent” and “uneducated”. We must hire people with high degree of “competency” and “knows what to do”.

  • Avery_23

    We also need a new president. Aquino cannot be trusted. He is also extremely incompetent an corrupt (allowing his allies and cronies to steal and covering up for them!)

    Lat Lacson be a dictator? What choice do we have. The dictator has to appoint mayors governors and judges. Everything will be appointed by the dictator. Should the dictator fail, they all have to go. That’s why the revolutions in the Philippines never worked because only the presidents were removed, not the entire government.

  • underthePhilippineSun

    so where should the money goes?… i think, we need to think good measures on how we can prioritize projects and effectively implement it… (definitely not in the hands of those f*cking corrupt politicians!)…

    • Avery_23

      Collect less taxes.
      We also need a new president. Aquino cannot be trusted. He is also extremely incompetent an corrupt (allowing his allies and cronies to steal and covering up for them!)

      Lat Lacson be a dictator? What choice do we have. The dictator has to appoint mayors governors and judges. Everything will be appointed by the dictator. Should the dictator fail, they all have to go. That’s why the revolutions in the Philippines never worked because only the presidents were removed, not the entire government.

      • underthePhilippineSun

        i think it is not a good idea… our country will be at CHAOS….wait for the next presidential election… during the time in our history when filipinos are struggling for independence against spain, i believe, the best government is dictatorship…. but now, we already had our independence, a century after, i think, dictatorship is a NO, NO, SOLUTION….

        • Avery_23

          No, we want and need change now! Why wait? So that things will get worse?
          If we do not have a dictatorship, the people will just “elect” corrupt politicians again! So what’s the point?

          • underthePhilippineSun

            then call batman, sen drilon….

          • Avery_23

            Huh?

  • kingfisher

    Even if the Supreme Court have declared PDAF as illegal these mambabastos eh mambabatas has find a new way of keeping pork under different name. Senatong Trillanes have recently introduced a bill for salary increase for president, lawmakers and other public officials. For lawmakers alone he recommended P300 thousand a month or P3.6 million a year plus all estimated allowances of P6.0 million equals P10 million a year. Still high amount from people’s money for all rotten lawmakers or mambabastos and public officials. They will always attempt to go around and steal from us.

  • leomar101

    No Pork? hahaha leche ka drilon at sinungaling pa. You just changed the name sa pamaraan ng pagnanakaw ninyo ng pera ng bayan. I really want to throw dozens of shoes on your face until it is blu. Hindi ka makuha sa isang sapak lang.

  • marinero

    naku sir, wag nyo ituloy yan. magagalit sa iyo ang ibang mambabastos este mambabatas. sir paano ngayon mababawi ang multi-million na ginastos noong eleksyon. gutom ito!

  • Avery_23

    Yeah right! They will just call it by some other name! Zhit in any other name is as stinky.