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No pork in 2015 budget – Drilon

Senate President Franklin Drilon yesterday debunked reports that a P25-billion worth of pork barrel funds will be included in the upcoming 2015 national budget.

In a statement, Drilon said there is no truth to a published report (not in the Manila Bulletin) that 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 last November issued a ruling striking down the PDAF as unconstitutional as issues about the anomalous diversion of public funds to fake non-government organizations (NGO) went to Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, broke out in 2013.

Three senators namely—Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” 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 the Senate leadership 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 were used to be funded by then 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.

“The Senate led the efforts to abolish the PDAF even before the Supreme Court had declared it unconstitutional,” he said.

“I assure you that PDAF would not resurrect in any form in the national budget,” added the Senate leader.

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

“Neither has the Senate at this stage been apprised by the DBM regarding the crafting of the 2015 national budget,” he said.

  • wino05

    sawa na sila sa pork…

    chicken nman.. or beef barrel.

  • norms

    I think we need to establish and form pilipino citizens bank? Our money will be deposited
    In this bank. Any budget need by the government will itemize and regional accountability of each projects. Example..if the region need to repair roads and others projects itemize and canvas of materials have a price list. Then total amount of material and labor example 100,000, then how many tax payer in that region if they have 10,000 so every tax payer will only give 10 pesos. Deposit at citizen bank the laborer in that project will be benefits the residence in that region. Now for the public official of government salary will the same procedure. To eliminate the corruption no money involved in the government. Natural resourcess income will be benifited our citizen for health, education, and some necessary needs by the people and the rest will put in citizens bank.

  • norms

    I think the best way we need to do is to make solicitation of signatures in pilipino community or citizen.make a draft resolution if congress and senate need this fund.and draft resolution of PDAP abolition. ? And submitted to commission on election to vote.form a civilian court to process all corrupt government officials lets the PEOPLE COURT and form of jury selection a pilipino citizen make a judgment and conviction like in the u.s. a jury selection system….all project of government are not in the budget of this corrupt congressman and senator.

  • underthePhilippineSun

    temporary, yes, no pork budget for 2015… re-name the theme and allocate the budget to the same political f*cking freaks…LOL… old tactics, nothing new…

  • ambo80

    Finally, they are doing the right thing. YOU CAN STILL HAVE PORK. GO TO MANG THOMAS LECHON SA LA LOMA.

  • alex ca

    kasi busog na sila kaya wala nang pork…..makukulong na nga ang mga gumagamit…

  • BATO BALANI

    Hay salamat para mabawasan na naman ang corruption.

    Let us help this country to avoid being bullied by China.

    • Avery_23

      Wrong forum.

  • Avery_23

    No pork? Just ham or bacon?