Pork Barrel

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In an attempt to do a great service to the people – or his “boss” as he calls them — President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III used an ingenious system of funneling “savings” generated by underspent government programs to a huge piggy bank. He can then take money from it to spend on projects that he believes would benefit his “boss” or Read More …

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FIRST PERSON By Alex Magno The Philippine Star The judiciary, by constitutional dictate, is the third co-equal branch of government. It does not control the army and does not control the purse. It only has the majesty of the law in its armory. Historically, the two other branches of government consistently tried to gain leverage over the judiciary by controlling the resources that flow to Read More …

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“Neutral men are the devil’s allies.” — Edwin Hubbel Chapin By Alex P. Vidal The front pages of all the newspapers, headline news of all TV and radio networks yesterday said it all! The judiciary is hell-bent not to genuflect before the executive branch, its co-equal in government, as manifested by the gallant stand of the majority of the judges, prosecutors, and other hall of Read More …

Thousands of protesters gather to call for the abolition of "pork barrel" funds during a protest in Manila

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With all the criticism and links to corruption, scandal and anomalies involving subordinates, cronies, and relatives, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III’s popularity remains “good” or “very good.” Some people call him the “Teflon President” and his detractors call him “lucky sanobabits.” Indeed, every accusation thrown at him bounces off just like arrows bounced off the great Greek warrior Achilles. The story Read More …

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GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  The congressional pork barrel is alive. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has reinserted P200 million in personal discretionary lump sum in the 2014 national budget. So have eight other senators kept P200-million slabs each of the Priority Development Assistance Fund. How this came about, coupled with lame justifications, show one thing. The hated PDAF will stay — in new forms Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The 14-0-1 voting by the Supreme Court declaring as unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the use of Malampaya Fund for purposes other than energy-related projects gives us a hopeful sign that democracy is alive and well in the Philippines. The unanimous vote showed that the Judiciary is not subservient to the Executive Branch and is Read More …

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GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  Trying to live down world ridicule of China’s “miserly” $100,000-aid to Typhoon Haiyan-razed Philippines, its embassy in Manila is trumpeting the donations of Chinese companies to the victims. One firm was mentioned thus in a press release: “Yinyi Inc., a mining company based in Eastern Samar, where the typhoon severely devastated, also helped. It generously granted its storage Read More …

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By Ina Andolong Solar News President Aquino went on national television with a blunt address to the nation, that DAP is not PDAF, and that, contrary to what the obfuscators want everybody to believe about the pork barrel scandal, he is not the thief. To be blunt about it, hearing the President defend the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is no longer new. He’s done this Read More …

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“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” ROMANS 1:18 By Alex P. Vidal We cannot blame God for the acts of men. The “pork barrel” scandal is an act of man; therefore, God has nothing to do with it. But could God have prevented “pork barrel”? Either he wanted Read More …

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Source: ABS-CBNnews.com  MANILA — Unseen hands may be behind the retired generals’ call for President Benigno Aquino III to give up his pork, but Malacanang is unruffled. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte will not name names, noting only that Aquino himself already said earlier that many have been affected by the administration’s move to run against the corrupt. She told the retired generals, however, that Read More …