Pork fight continues as SC declares PDAF unconstitutional

“The struggle for the total abolition of the pork barrel system continues as the Supreme Court declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional but barely touched the Presidential Pork Barrel of President Aquino,” said Marc Lino Abila, CEGP National Secretary General.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon decided to discontinue the release of PDAF for 2013, parts of Presidential Social Fund (PSF), and Malampaya Fund and return these funds to the government.

“This is a positive sign from the Supreme Court,” said Charina Claustro, CEGP-NCR Chairperson. “But campus journalists and the Filipino people should remain watchful especially now that our country is facing a major tragedy.”

“Even that the Calamity Fund is under the direct discretion of President Aquino, relief and rehabilitation efforts by the government in areas wrecked by super typhoon Yolanda remain minimal and even none,” Claustro added.

Abila also stressed that the decision of the high tribunal on the unconstitutionality of the congressional pork barrel is not the end of the road.

“We still have to assert for the total abolition of the pork barrel system that breeds patronage politics and corruption in the government,” Abila said. “Those who are involved in the pork barrel scam and corruption should be persecuted. We’re not letting these people get away with impunity.”###