Tag: Anti-Pork

📰 The pork barrel monster [BusinessMirror]

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Image courtesy: Roanoke Tribune

From Santiago F. Dumlao Jr. in BusinessMirror: The public has all along been aware of the reprehensible practices associated with the pork barrel system, and some senators, Sen. Panfilo Lacson Sr. specifically, indeed have refused their pork barrel allocation to publicly express their personal protest.

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✉ Letter to the Editor: Senator Lacson’s ‘institutional amendments’ in 2019 budget explained [Manila Times]

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To The Manila Times: This is in connection with the thinly veiled insinuations made against Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson by Mr. Francisco Tatad in his Feb. 13, 2019 column in The Manila Times.

Related:
Olivar hurled personal innuendos to muddle the issue [Manila Standard]
Lacson to ‘Talking Heads’: Keep Helping Enlighten Public on Pork
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✉ Letter to the Editor: On Gary Olivar’s hurling personal innuendos to muddle the ‘pork’ issue [Manila Standard]

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To the Manila Standard: It is quite pathetic that Mr. Olivar, instead of helping his former boss clear up the issue of pork in the 2019 budget, chose the path of his fellow talking heads by hurling personal innuendos at the Senator to muddle the issue.

Related: Lacson to ‘Talking Heads’: Keep Helping Enlighten Public on Pork
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Level Up na Krusada ni Ping: Pondohan ang Proyektong Kailangan ng Tao

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Drones may again play a major role in helping Sen. Lacson check ‘pork’ projects in the 2019 budget, like in 2018. This year, Lacson is aiming to make greater headway against ‘pork’ and the warped budget process.

Dahil mulat na ang publiko sa pag-abuso sa kaban ng bayan bunga ng patuloy na pag-iral ng pork barrel sa mga mambabatas, lumilinaw na ang pag-asang magamit ang pondong napupunta sa mga ito sa tama at dapat na pagkagastusan.

Ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson, itutuloy niya ang kanyang krusada laban sa pork barrel at ang susunod na yugto nito ay ang kampanyang masunod ang tamang budget process upang matukoy ang mga prayoridad ng pagkakalooban ng pondo.

“It is high time we eliminate the obvious disconnect between the needs and priorities of the countryside local government units and the expenditure program at the national level, due to the absence of consultations,” banggit ni Lacson.

Related:
Privilege Speech: Living Without Pork (Part II)
On the Senate Caucus Involving the 2019 Budget
Lacson Readies More Headway vs ‘Pork,’ Warped Budgeting Process
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Lacson Readies More Headway vs ‘Pork,’ Warped Budgeting Process

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Drones may again play a major role in helping Sen. Lacson check ‘pork’ projects in the 2019 budget, like in 2018. This year, Lacson is aiming to make greater headway against ‘pork’ and the warped budget process.

After seeing some progress this year, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson is eyeing more headway against “pork” and other flaws in the warped budgeting process that has allowed it to thrive.

Lacson said making sure the budgeting process is followed properly will prevent “pork” by having district representatives in Congress take part in planning at the local level, instead of inserting projects after Malacanang has already submitted its version of the budget – the National Expenditure Program – to Congress.

“It is high time we eliminate the obvious disconnect between the needs and priorities of the countryside local government units and the expenditure program at the national level, due to the absence of consultations,” Lacson said.

“Because of this disconnect, district representatives – instead of attending and participating in the formulation of local development plans within their districts, where they are members of the Local Development Councils – opt to arbitrarily make insertions during the authorization phase, without due regard to the needs and priorities of the LGUs within their districts,” he added.

Related:
Privilege Speech: Living Without Pork (Part II)
On the Senate Caucus Involving the 2019 Budget
Level Up na Krusada ni Ping: Pondohan ang Proyektong Kailangan ng Tao
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📰 Lacson: ‘Gaining headway’ in ridding budget of pork [BusinessMirror]

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From BusinessMirror: “More than that, hopefully, I was able to enlighten the public because of the public discourse that transpired, for or against the outlawed pork barrel.”

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Pork-Ridden, Cholesterol-Rich 2019 Budget

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“As the abolished “pork barrel” shows itself anew, dynamic and changeable; resounds in the halls of our country’s legislature; and speaks of the insatiability of corruption, how can one, in good conscience, not see, hear, and speak of it?” – Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, in his privilege speech on Feb. 8, 2019

Related: Living Without Pork (Part II)
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Interview on DWIZ | Feb. 9, 2019

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on pork in the 2019 budget.

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Privilege Speech: Living Without Pork (Part II)

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Mr. President, I rise before you on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

“To See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.”

Mr. President, put literally, this proverbial adage serves as an age-old directive for dealing with impropriety — by looking the other way, refusing to hear and speak out, and feigning ignorance when something wrong is unfolding.

Related:
Living Without Pork (2003 privilege speech)
List: Institutional Amendments Proposed by Sen. Lacson in the 2019 Budget
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On the Senate Caucus Involving the 2019 National Budget

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Sen. Legarda did not actually present what she and Rep. Andaya have agreed upon in the small group bicam. She merely articulated to the best of her recollection what the bicam report would be presented for ratification.

Basically, yes, the P160 million per House member plus the billion-peso insertions made by a number of their colleagues, and the P23-billion Department of Public Works and Highways insertions by a number of senators plus other insertions in different agencies have all been retained.

Sadly, no matter how hard I argued last night, I only have one vote although I have good reason to believe that some like-minded colleagues are supportive of deleting all pork insertions, particularly the excessive and unconscionable realignments made not only by our House counterpart, but by a number of our colleagues as well.

On a positive note, all appropriations for flood control, particularly dredging, desilting and the like have been deleted to be realigned to capital outlay for purchase of dredging machines. Also, the Department of Health realignment that the Senate introduced and most of my institutional amendments have been retained, like the 240-day-a-year school feeding program for wasted and nearly wasted school children, additional allowance for teachers, some appropriations cover for laws passed regarding our age old veterans, augmentation budget requested by the judiciary, activation of one infantry division, etc.

More than that, hopefully, I was able to enlighten the public because of the public discourse that transpired, for or against the outlawed pork barrel. I would say, we have gained some headway in this regard.

Hopefully, the President and his economic managers will further scrutinize the final version of the budget bill as passed by Congress and exercise his veto power to excise the line items that clearly look and smell like pork.

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