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Title: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Jul 31, 2013, 04:42 PM
Filipinos are very fond of pork...especially our politicians. The pork barrel allocation or CDF of our congressmen/senators is always a high profile issue in the Ph. If allocated properly, it ensures benefits to the constituents otherwise, it is just an instrument for corruption and perpetuation of political dominance. Looking at the pros and cons, do you think it should be eradicated or be improved. Any ideas for modifications, improvements, changes and alterations? I believe there will be more golden ideas conceived in PMT than from our Congress. I now open the floor.....
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: singkit_1588 on Jul 31, 2013, 04:50 PM
walang pork barrel..
lahat ng project / expenses ng congressman or senators, dadaan sa budget application.hehe
magpropose ng project/expenses, saka ibibgay ung pondo..
o mas magulo b kapag ganito..?

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Jul 31, 2013, 05:01 PM
walang pork barrel..
lahat ng project / expenses ng congressman or senators, dadaan sa budget application.hehe
magpropose ng project/expenses, saka ibibgay ung pondo..
o mas magulo b kapag ganito..?



If the budget application agency will be under the Executive branch, then there will be the possiblity of manipulation of the ruling party which is usually the President's party. This will defeat the purpose of the CDF which is to benefit all constituents regardless of the political affiliation of the congressman.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: singkit_1588 on Jul 31, 2013, 05:10 PM
kobabear,
could you discuss in details what, how and why there is pork barrel?

all i know is, may budget for every senators at congressman at di nila need ng receipt para sa pork barrel amount n un..tama ba>?
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Homeboy on Jul 31, 2013, 05:29 PM
With Pork Barrel

As long as its meticulously audited and the projects religiously implemented. The dispenser of the PDF (Congressmen, Senators, Etc.) should be held 100% liable for its distribution. The report should be monthly, posted in their respective City Hall's and for every constituents to scrutinize. The COA should have more teeth in going after those thieves.

For every voter, be on guard. If you don't have time or strength to scrutinize where your taxes go, then please don't complain. 

 :watchuthink:

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Jul 31, 2013, 05:32 PM
kobabear,
could you discuss in details what, how and why there is pork barrel?

all i know is, may budget for every senators at congressman at di nila need ng receipt para sa pork barrel amount n un..tama ba>?

@singkit_1588  . I  myself is not very familiar with the disbursement and application. What I know is that an SOP of 10% at least goes to the politician, embedded/hidden of course in the bureacratic red tape. This is only one of the ways to siphon money. Since this is a discretionary fund, I agree with you that it is only the politician who decides which projects tol be funded. How they are audited if ever I dont know. Hope some people here can clarify.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Jul 31, 2013, 05:48 PM
Here is an article related to this topic.

Santiago seeks gradual abolition of pork barrel

By Maila Ager
INQUIRER.net
3:03 pm | Wednesday, July 31st, 2013  7 164 123
 
MANILA, Philippines – A resolution, calling for the abolition of legislators’ “pork barrel” by 2016 was filed Wednesday at the  Senate.

In filing her resolution,  Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago sought a gradual phasing out of the funds starting next year until 2016 as she expects strong opposition in Congress  if she  would push for its total abolition.

“This is why the second best solution is to gradually phase out the PDAF. This will give senators and congressmen time to adjust to the new rules,” Santiago, chair of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, revision of codes, and laws, said in a statement.

For 2014, Santiago is proposing to cut the senators’ pork barrel from P200 million to P100 million each;  P50 million in 2015, and zero in 2016.

For congressmen, the senator also proposes to cut  it by half in 2014—from P70 million to P35 million; P15 million in 2015, and nil in 2016.

With P200 million  pork barrel  each year, Santiago  said,  a senator is expected to receive a total of P1.2 billion  for a full term of six years while a congressman is expected to receive P210 million for each three-year term.

But in practice, Santiago said, “some receive more, others less, than their regular pork barrel.”

“Of course, the best solution is to discontinue the pork barrel system by reducing what has been proposed by the President in the 2014 budget for PDAF to zero,” said the senator.

“Senators and congressmen are expected to pass laws and exercise oversight functions over the Executive Department’s implementation of existing laws. We are not expected to build roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects.”

Once the appropriations for PDAF are deleted from the budget, Santiago said, the  President could no longer resurrect it through line item veto.

“It is important that the full amount be reduced if the legislators are serious in abolishing the pork barrel. Reducing the PDAF appropriations to even one peso is dangerous, because then the President may choose to augment the peso appropriations with several billions which is allowed under the Constitution,” she explained.

To tighten the rules on the use of the PDAF until it is fully abolished, Santiago also proposed the  following:

·        The fund should be used strictly for “hard” projects and releases should be limited to national government agencies.

·        Local government units should not be eligible recipients of the fund. Releases to LGUs have been abused in the past, especially when the local chief executives (governors, city mayors, and municipal mayors) are relatives of legislators.

·        PDAF should not be released to government-owned or –controlled corporations, which may later on be released to nongovernment organizations  (NGOs), fictitious or quasi-NGOs, or NGOs headed by the relatives of politicians.

·        No public funds should be released to NGOs. This strict rule should be non-negotiable. In keeping with the spirit of volunteerism, NGOs are supposed to give aid to society, using funds they raised on their own, not public funds.

The  pork barrel, Santiago said, should not also be used for  scholarships, saying, “They are the responsibility of the more than 125 state universities and colleges.”




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Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: jupiterjones888 on Jul 31, 2013, 06:20 PM
Dapat lang na i-abolish na ang pork barrel na yan.... Isang malinaw na way of corruption ang PDAF na iyan dahil on hand na nahahawak ng mga official ng gobyerno ang pera.
Thats mean pwede nila ilagay kung saan nila gusto ang pera na hawak nila. Kaya nakakagawa ng paraan ang mga kagaya ni NAPOLES na mag ka kick-back sa limpak limpak na salapi.... Jackpot!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Aug 01, 2013, 12:37 AM
I always believed that names and nicknames embody the thing (or person) they pertain to and represent. The PDAF, being termed as "Pork Barrel," is simply an instant connotation that it's something not good or something's fishy about it. Is the PDAF designed to be a self-serving political (and financial) mechanism for the senator or congressman? At the rate things are going, I think the Pork Barrel is and problems will continue to emerge unless radical changes are made.

 :watchuthink:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: singkit_1588 on Aug 01, 2013, 03:19 AM
i-abolished na yan..
kaso sinong congressman or senators ang favor jan except kay santiago.????
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: angeljme on Aug 01, 2013, 09:42 AM
bane for us tax payers
boon for those sitting in the congress and senate

mga buwaya kayo! matuto kayong mag-save! tanggalin na ang pork barrel na yan para maka-save ang pinas

the suggestion of miriam is more palatable... sa tingin ko kaya nya ginawang ganyan para mag-agree ang mga congressman.  at least maka-bawi sila sa nagastos nila sa nakaraang election. hehehe
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: darkknight on Aug 01, 2013, 10:59 AM
BANE for me as a taxpayer !The senators & congressmen used this " pork barrel" as for their own benefits. They used the money to buy votes in election,luxury cars,mansion,etc.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 01, 2013, 12:46 PM

How about this:

How senators spent their 2011 pork barrel funds

By Shielo Mendoza | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Wed, Jan 4, 2012


Eight of the 23 senators spent at least P100 million each from the Congress’ pork barrel funds in 2011, according to a report of the Department of Budget and Management Wednesday.
 
Senators Edgardo Angara, Jinggoy Estrada, Gregorio Honasan II, Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Ralph Recto, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Manuel Villar Jr. received and spent P100 million each for their projects, DBM said.

Their expense make up half of the total P1,637,445,000 the DBM released for the Senate's priority development assistance fund or PDAF.

The report showed that the biggest expenses of Angara, Lapid and Recto were for their home provinces in Aurora, Pampanga and Batangas, respectively.

Angara allocated P40 million for the construction of a school building, multi-purpose pathways, and installation of pipes and tanks for water supply in Aurora; Lapid spent P31 million for infrastructure projects including the rehabilitation of a hospital, and construction of a school building and line canal in Pampanga; while Recto set aside P45 million for concreting of roads and purchasing of facilities for police stations in Batangas.
 
On the other hand, Estrada gave away P50 million in financial assistance to indigent farmers through the Department of Agriculture.
 
Honasan spent P40 million for the planting of jatropha, a plant touted as a source of biofuel but later discovered that it was not commercially viable. The Arroyo administration reportedly wasted more than P1 billion for this project.
 
Sotto set aside P28.5 million for infrastructure and educational projects in Pampanga, home province of his wife, actress Helen Gamboa.
 
Villar meanwhile allocated P39 million for scholarship programs in different provinces.

 
DBM fixes wrong report

The DBM mistakenly reported on Tuesday that Revilla received a total of P210 million in which he allegedly spent half or P115 million for the acquisition of 529 multicabs in Cavite.
 
However, Revilla cleared in a statement that the report was false and that only 23 multicabs were acquired which amounted to P5 million and not P115 million.
 
"The DBM must clear this. It's not right that it appears my PDAF was grossly disproportional to those of my colleagues. They should also correct it because the report implied that my PDAF was padded by 110 million pesos.
 
"They should be careful with releasing facts. Inaccuracy on sensitive information can damage people," the senator said.
 
The DBM immediately apologized and corrected its data the day after showing that Revilla only received P100 million and that his biggest allocation (P45 million) was for financial assistance to medical projects all over the country.

Senators who spent less

Meanwhile, senators who spent less than P100 million of their PDAF in 2011 are: Francis “Chiz” Escudero, P99,000,000; Sergio Osmena , P96,675,000; Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., P95,500,000; Loren Legarda, P89,400,000; Juan Ponce Enrile, P83,500,000; Miriam Santiago, P80,000,000; Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, P72,000,000; and Pia Cayetano, P71,170,000.

Senators who spent even less than P50 million are: Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, P46,200,000; Antonio Trillanes IV, P35,400,000; Alan Peter Cayetano, P30,500,000; Franklin Drilon, P19,500,000; and Koko Pimentel, P18,600,000. Pimentel took over the seat of resigned senator Miguel Zubiri.

Only Senators Joker Arroyo and Panfilo Lacson did not request fund releases for their projects under the 2011 budget, the DBM said.

According to DBM, the annual PDAF allocation of each senator must not exceed the amount of P200 million. The amount shall be used to fund both “soft” and “hard” projects.

The “soft” projects are basically non-infrastructure projects like scholarship programs, medical assistance to indigent patients in government hospitals, livelihood support programs, the purchase of IT equipment and financial assistance to local governments while “hard” projects are small infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, footbridges, pathways, multipurpose buildings, school buildings, potable water systems, flood control, drainage systems, irrigation facilities and electrification projects.

DBM Secretary Florencio Abad urged the public to remain vigilant on how the government spend its money.

“Ultimately, we are pleased that the public remains deeply interested in the manner through which we manage the people’s funds. We enjoin all Filipinos—particularly the media and other interested groups—to continue strengthening the feedback mechanism for our processes, so that we can boost efficiency, accuracy, and accountability in all levels of government,” Abad said.

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/how-senators-spent-their-2011-pork-barrel-funds.html
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Aug 01, 2013, 04:59 PM
Some more thought-provoking ideas on Pork Barrel, this time from Prof. Randy David:

...the pork barrel, which goes by the pretentious name Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), is really nothing more than a bribe to the legislators who hold the power to approve the national budget. This concession can take many forms and go by other names like “congressional initiatives.” But the basic idea is the same: to provide congressmen and senators the means to cater to the specific needs of their constituencies, and, if they wish, to recoup part of what they spend during elections.

...voters, in general, are not averse to the idea of giving their representatives the right to identify pet or priority projects. What they object to is the waste and misappropriation of public funds that typically result from the exercise of this power. The pork barrel scam to which the Napoles network is linked shows that corruption thrives where discretion is broad and no clear assignment of accountability exists.

Obviously, this problem will not go away with the elimination of one syndicate. It’s almost certain there are other operators out there that are lying low for now, waiting for the issue to die down. Their modus operandi is woven around the same assumptions about our political system, namely: that there is big money to be made from government, that every public official has a price, that everyone is on the take or complicit, and that even as investigations are launched to placate public anger, no one actually goes to jail unless they pose a political threat.

 :coffee:

(Derived from: http://opinion.inquirer.net/57869/a-thesis-on-corruption)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 01, 2013, 06:26 PM
‘98 lawmakers coursed P2.19-B pork through 15 NGOs’
 (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 31, 2013 - 12:00am
 
MANILA, Philippines - A senior lawmaker bared yesterday that 98 lawmakers had coursed some P2.19 billion in pork barrel funds through 15 non-government organizations (NGOs) in the 14th and 15th Congresses.

ABAKADA Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, quoting a special report of the Commission on Audit (COA), said the disbursements involved 244 projects through only five agencies that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the senators and members of the House of Representatives had bankrolled.“This is why I’m calling on Malacañang, the DOJ (Department of Justice) and the others investigating this alleged pork barrel scam to bare all,” he said.

Why are they picking on just five or six opposition senators? Why are they engaging in striptease? Let’s bare all,” he added.Speaking to reporters, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, House independent bloc head, said many of the 98 lawmakers are allied with the administration.“We know the political realities, but let’s be fair,” he said.
Certain lawmakers are being selected for prosecution, he added.

Meanwhile, Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza urged the House leadership to suspend   implementation of the PDAF for the third quarter while the alleged misuse of billions of pesos of pork barrel funds is being investigated.
“P200 billion in PDAF funds could have easily built 10 million homes for the poor, one million classrooms and provide facilities like CT scan, dialysis and MRI equipment to provide the poor a better chance of survival when they are rushed to public hospitals,” he said.

“But when we look back at how this money has been utilized, all we see are waiting sheds, basketball courts, covered courts and now the scandalous allegations of giving money to non-existent NGOs.” He backs the call of Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora to pursue the investigation into the allegations to clear innocent lawmakers and punish those guilty, he added.

Atienza said when he was an assemblyman in 1984, they were also tempted with the same power of the purse where many of their colleagues were convincing them to accept P2 million each. “But we rejected it altogether with the steady guidance of our venerable Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma,” he said.
“Now that we are back in the same Congress, we are confronted with a similar issue that is affecting all of us and the very integrity of this chamber.”
 
Palma headed the opposition bloc at the time, he added.

At the Senate, a number of senators opposed calls to abolish the PDAF or to ban NGOs from being recipients of these funds.Sen. Francis Escudero said abolishing the PDAF might not be the best way to address the problem.
“If you ask the provinces and the countryside, they need, seek out and want this,” he said.
“It is the great equalizer because on top of national government funds, there is an assurance of P70 million that would go to the districts.”

Escudero said a cleanup of the entire system must be done, including a revision of the guidelines on the use of the fund.The administration has already initiated this process with the proposed P2.268-trillion national budget for 2014.Escudero said an amendment of the menu would help in eliminating the financing of bogus projects.

“The PDAF system is a way to listen to the opinion of those on the ground – what each district and barangay needs and not just dictated by the secretary (of the various departments),” he said. – Paolo Romero, Marvin Sy


http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=45030.msg467837;topicseen#new

Nagkakalabasan na ng kabulukan ang ating mga pinuno…

Si Chiz malayo pa ang 2016 pumupwesto na. He knows that without the PDAF, he doesn’t have the support of the congressmen.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: yllor on Aug 01, 2013, 06:58 PM
there should be a proper audit and balance check in the system so that funds will be implemented properly and returned to people the taxes paid by each and everyone.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 03, 2013, 12:49 PM
there should be a proper audit and balance check in the system so that funds will be implemented properly and returned to people the taxes paid by each and everyone.

Yllor, I hope this will be the much needed audit we are all clamoring for: Read this:

Lawmakers must submit SALNs to BIR

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares was earlier quoted as saying that some congressmen and senators are hiding their SALNs.

“If Commissioner Kim has the list, then these lawmakers should be aware that they can and should make their SALNs available,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing.
Henares said her office had made several requests for lawmakers to submit their SALNs, “but up to now they were not releasing them.”

Although the BIR’s role in the pork barrel scam probe is focused on the finances of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged leader of a syndicate using a network of bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) to access pork barrel funds of lawmakers, Henares said the BIR must investigate everything, including the SALNs of politicians...

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/08/03/1045301/lawmakers-must-submit-salns-bir

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Usman on Aug 03, 2013, 03:21 PM
It actually depends on our politicians, particularly Senators and Congressmen.

If they use it for the benefit of the people, it is a boon but if otherwise especially if it is being used to enrich themselves then it's a bane.

If I were to judge, I would rather that Senators and Congressmen focus on making laws because what happens is that they're not doing any laws at all except dipping their hands on government coffers lalo na ngayon we learn of scams left and right yet the government wants its citizens to pay correct taxes which isn't fair at all because the money which we worked hard to gain will either go to corrupt politicians' pockets only or being doled out by the government to people who don't pay taxes at all!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 03, 2013, 05:32 PM
The pork barrel allocation and utilization is probably the worst scam of our government. In spite of this, it still continues to rule our political landscape. The goal is noble as most of our laws but the implementation is criminal. The Philippines has some of the best laws in the world but we also boasts some of the most corrupt people on earth. The PDAF had given us good infrastructures, country side projects and social projects but at the same time it made a lot of undeserving millionaires. Not only congressmen and senators but contractors, businessmen, cronies, friends and family members. Those who abuse this fund are so entrenched in the society that it became cancerous. The cons seem to outweigh the pros but I hope our statesmen (rare breed here) should craft amendments that will give us the best use of the PDAF. I know of various proposals but there must be a political will from the President down to make this happen. Paging P-noy, Mr Drilon and all of us.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: lowije_dapogs on Aug 03, 2013, 06:01 PM
mahirap maabolish ang pork barrel yan ang dahilan bakit nagkkandarapa mga pulitik0 sa pagtakb0 sa elksy0n. pg yan inalis, wala ng tatakb0... mliban si pacquia0 f0r presdnt. :p

http://momandpopmoments.com/2013/07/31/janet-napoles-pork-barrel-scam-theft-from-a-nation/

basahin nyo po yung comments sa baba ng ^article na yan, nakakamangha mga nireveal nung isang "anonymous" poster. ang daming pangalan at detalye na binanggit, sana mapick up ng investigative reporters like rappler and pcij..
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: ric_TNT on Aug 08, 2013, 05:16 AM
Hear ye !   Hear ye !    :secret: :cry: :ohmy: :sorry:

While the poor Filipino people are languishing in poverty, most (with due respect to a few) in the government  :evil: are enjoying their stashed loots. Have a look at those you have elected to govern yourselves.

Keep reading and updated on this blog folks.

http://dulzspeaks.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/anonymous-speaks-pork-barrel-scam.html
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: SirZap on Aug 08, 2013, 07:29 AM
minsan naiisip ko sana tinuloy ko na yung foundation ko. sana naka-limousine na ako
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 08, 2013, 01:12 PM
Here is something I chance upon regarding this topic, I posted only a part bec its quite long,  It also says that the bombing in Cagayan de oro (CDO) is a diversionary tactic to divert away the spotlight on the pork barrel scam.  Very interesting read.




http://dulzspeaks.blogspot.com/2013/08/anonymous-speaks-pork-barrel-scam.html





Anonymous says:

AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 6:43 PM


Janet Lim Napoles has strong ties before with the late Emilia Boncodin, DBM Secretary. Emilia is the one that keep Janet in the loop whenever a budget or SARO is approved and to which senator or congressman.


Gringo Honasan is a dear friend of Janet’s husband, Jimmy Napoles. I was surprised when I read somewhere online when Honasan was interviewed and he said that he doesnt know the Napoles family.


During the coup in Cory’s time, Jimmy napoles was driving a tank on the way to camp crame when he’s tank was hit by a mortar.Jimmy is operating the .50 caliber machine gun and the soldier driving the tank died during the blast. Jimmy survived and was jailed along with Honasan. If you can get clear photos of Jimmy Napoles online, you will see that part of his face and his arms show burn marks.


Their wealth started to build up during the late 90′s when they engaged themselves with mayors based in zamboanga to use them as a front for a Foundation that will implement projects or deliver farm materials. With connections at COA, they were able to arrange “completed projects” without delivering anything. They established JLN group of companies sometime in 2000 and they moved to their new office from AFPOVAI to Discovery Suites on the 25th floor.


Soon enough, they were able to develop deep connections with more legislators in congress and numerous senators. What JLN Group Of Companies do and their sub-companie, Jo-Chris Trading (named after their eldest child, Jo-Christine “Neneng” Napoles) – they use their foundations as the implementing agency for the funds of congressmen or senators. You see, congressmen and senators have budget, PDAF or the “pork barrel”, but these politicians do not have direct access to their funds and they can never touch it. So what they do is the politicians will create a project (common one is “fertilizer distribution” to farmers) and will ask DBM to set the budget. Then, there will be a public bidding to be held by DAR. The outcome of the bidding is already fixed and it’s Napoles foundation wins. The fund or SARO will be released through Janet’s foundation and the congressmen/senators will ask 70% of the whole amount. So if the project is 10M, Janet will give 70% of that. Usually Janet’s nephew, John Francisco Lim is the courier of the money, they will meet at Podium or at a parking lot. The money are stored in plastic bags or paper bags.


So, whatever is left from the budget, 30% goes to Janet. They usually cash-in the cheque they get from DBM at Landbank in Greenhills and the manager there is part of Janet’s payroll. Janet also need to pay the inspectors from COA and whoever is involved in DAR.


This is their workflow.This is what they do for more than a decade. This is how the senators and congressmen make money. This is why theses politicians have so much and working class filipinos almost have nothing. This is not only Janet’s fault. The greediness of the senators and congressmen are the driving point that keeps this system operating. It is also amazing that if Janet’s family and her company goes into trial, the people who will try them – judges, senators, congressmen, are also part of this. I fear for the life of Benhur and Merlina as whistleblowers. Soon enough they will die. The people of the philippines should protect them. NBI or the witness protection program cannot do anything about it. Because they are keeping the whistleblowers alive for their own use only. Once Janet give payments to the NBI and once Revilla, Honasan, Arroyo, Pichay, Ducut, Pineda, Lim, Estrada, Soto, Lapid, and almost all the congressmen who were in post for the past decade, step in – there’s nothing benhur or merlina can do. They are as good as dead by now.


Please post this on your social media and share it to the world. It is time to stop this madness and remove the pork barrel and protect benhur and merlina.









Anonymous says:

AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 8:06 PM


No, i will never talk to philippine media. local media is rubbish. we can ask noli de castro about that. and i am very sure that he too will say, “i havent heard janet napoles or met her before…” Of course, why would he tell the world that he knows janet after he earned hundrer millions of pesos through her company? We can also ask noli who lives in his villa in tagaytay highlands. Oh, i forgot, i think it’s one of his mistresses.


nevertheless, the napoles has been moving their money the past few weeks so most of their money are not in the country anymore. the people need to ask the female manager at metrobank binondo, she’s related to janet napoles brother, ronald “bullet” francisco lim. “Bullet” is also one of the incorporator’s of janet’s countless foundations. the people of the philippines should also ask the manager at landbank greenhills. Maglanque holds a post before at DOTC, and the Napoles’ made a lot of money by providing countless transactions through DOTC using numerous congressmen and senators between 2002 – 2011. Zenaida Ducut, previous congresswoman in one of the provinces in Pampangga made a killing through Janet’s company. They also have strong ties with the Ampatuans in the south and yes, they also benefited from Janet’s company. Previous PNP chiefs during the Arroyo administration also used JLN Corporation as the foundation to supply communication radios initially valued at Php5,000 only to be listed in the receipt given to COA valued at Php65,000 each.


Let’s stop and reflect, if the local media publishes these facts, do you think that the current government CAN do something? NO. even if noynoy wants to punish Janet and even if he’s the president of the country, he can only do as much because our constitution does not allow the president to tackle these crimes. because that is not included in his job description. It’s a pity that people accuse the president of doing nothing. Yes, he cannot do anything about it because our law doesnt allow him too. You want something to be done with this issue? If noynoy declares martial law and will have complete authority over these issues, yes, he can hang all the senators and congressmen. But will noynoy declare martial law? No. not because the people of the country doesnt want to – its because noynoy wont bring back the years that caused his father’s death.






Anonymous says:

AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 10:11 PM


I saw an interview of janet, jimmy and two of their children, jo-christine and his younger brother. The interview was conducted by Korina Sanchez. I was amazed how Korina played on the set and in a very sublime manner, projected the Napoles family as a victim.


Let me explain.


Korina is married to Mar Roxas. Mar is from Iloilo and he has a cousin, Johnny Roxas. Johnny stands 6’2, fair, brown hair and brown eyes. Johnny is a good looking male and a mestizo. Johnny used to work at JLN Corp. and he used his connections through Mar when he was still “Mr. Palengke.” Johnny earned significant amount of money by closing deals and getting the SARO of some congressmen and mayors and governors with the help of Mar. But Johnny had a fallout with Janet when some some cash commissions were not equally divided to him. He was also hoping to have a Mercedes Benz as a incentive from one of his successful transactions from a congressman based in Samar, bur Janet failed to deliver the car to him. Johnny soon left the company upset. Nevertheless, Johnny left JLN with few million pesos richer, and Mar Roxas a few million above 10M richer. Johnny Roxas became visible again in the political arena when he joined the campaign camp of Fernando Poe Jr. He was always visible on TV appearances and newspaper photos sitting or standing beside or behind Poe. With this said, Mar Roxas has ties with Napoles and that explains the interview with Korina that appears to be biased with the Napoles’. And you now know the reason why.







Anonymous says:

AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 8:36 PM


I dont have social media presence nor in the internet. My only platform is through this blog – your blog. I don’t even know you and perhaps you will never know either. As long as i am still alive, I will post on this blog if you dont mind. Thanks for doing sharing your blog to your social media nonetheless.


This news is slowly fading away and only a couple of local media outlets are currently covering it. The Revillames and Estradas are already preparing their speeches should this issue reach the senate. Some speculations in the current congress thinks that this issue is bigger than the corruption of Gloria Arroyo itself so everything is carefully planned out for the next step. There are extreme suggestions within the congressmen involved to create mass hysteria and stimulate “terrorism” activity in the city. They are planning to set off explosives in public places soon and will blame it to the Reds (CPP-NPA) organization.


Do you think that the Ayala Mall explosion before is an “accident”? How about the recent explosion in one of Ayala’s apartments in The Fort? Has anyone of you heard the case again and its updates? None.


It doesnt make sense, does it?


The Napoles lives in Ayala Alabang. Their house is adjacent to Ping Lacson. When Lacson bought the house in Alabang, this was the time when he and Erap were throwing accusations against each other. There was a news clip before of an interview to Lacson and he consistently denies that he does not have a house in an exclusive village. The Napoles’ was laughing hard because the family was the one who recommended that house to Ping.


As you can see, a significant number of residential owners in Ayala Alabang have sits in congress, senate, supreme court, mayors and governors. The Ayala’s are not in the position to deny these individuals who belong in the government from buying properties.


Imagine that at this very moment you are reading this and all the houses with owners that have sits in the govt disappear in thin air – how many house units will be left in Ayala Alabang? Let us say that ayala alabang will be like empty plots of land like in Fairview or Rizal. That is how significant these home owners are to the Ayalas.


How about Forbes? The Napoles have properties in Forbes Park as well. Who developed Forbes Park in the 70s? The Ayalas. And the same home owners in ayala alabang can be found in forbes park. The explosions in the ayala properties were no coincidence. They used it as a platform to divert the attention of the masses so that local media will cover the explosion news instead of corruption expose’ involving key individuals from the congress and senate during those times.


Now they will do it again soon. But this time, it will be exactly similar like the MRT bombings and bus bombings like before – they will bomb the public. Once this happen, all news will be focused on the bombings and slowly the Napoles and all the congressmen and senators, and judges, and secretaries, and undersecretaries will slowly crawl in the dark, away from all of us, together with all their wealth.


Oh, havent i mentioned that Jenny has already moved her money from landbank, metrobank, bpi, banco de oro and consolidated all of their accounts to HSBC hong kong recently? Ooooppss.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 08, 2013, 01:41 PM
And another interesting topic about pork barrel scam and janet lim's and familys extravagant lifestyle.




http://www.rappler.com/





Napoles' daughter blogs about lavish lifestyle



http://www.rappler.com/nation/34895-napoles-daughter-blogs-lavish-lifestyle


by  Natashya Gutierrez
Posted on 07/26/2013 8:39 PM  | Updated 07/27/2013 12:01 PM





MANILA, Philippines – Jeane Napoles, 23, the younger daughter of Janet Lim-Napoles, deactivated her social media accounts shortly after her mother was named the person behind an alleged multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam.

The controversy put the young lady's lifestyle – lavish by most standards – in the spotlight.

But she neglected to remove an old personal blog from 2011, which has allowed netizens to scrutinize her extravagant lifestyle.

The scandal implicating Napoles was first reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Friday, July 12. By Thursday, July 18, her daughter Jeane's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts had been deactivated.

Jeane's blog shows her inclination for designer shoes, bags, and clothes from brands like Louis Vuitton, YSL, Chanel, and Christian Louboutin.

It has pictures of her trips to Paris and Tokyo, as well as her posing with Hollywood celebrities, including Justin Timberlake, Josh Duhamel, Blake Lively, and Justin Bieber. Another post shows her and her 3 siblings attending a movie premiere, also in Hollywood.

Comments on the Internet decried the young Napoles' lifestyle and accused her of using pork barrel money obtained by her mother to sustain it.


But Jeane is not the only Napoles child to be subject to scrutiny.

Jeane's older sister Christine is seeking a congressional seat. Christine is a nominee of the party-list group OFW Family Club, which might just get enough votes for another seat in the House of Representatives, based on belated but official Commission on Elections figures.

Janet Lim-Napoles has denied all accusations and said she is willing to open her bank accounts as part of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) probe into the scam.

“My family, especially my children, have already been dragged by the false and malicious reports of one newspaper who (sic) has the habit of sensationalizing stories at the expense of truth and fairness,” Napoles said in her statement.


'So sudden'


According to one of Jeane Napoles' high school classmates who asked not to be named, Napoles, who just graduated from an American college in May, is unemployed.

Napoles lived in an apartment in the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles during her college years, and drove a Porsche in Manila, said the source.


The source described Napoles as "nice and really generous," often buying drinks for her friends during nights out.

But the source said few who knew her were surprised when her family was implicated in the scam.

"Honestly it didn't really come as a surprise to a lot of us," the source said, adding rumors were rife it was "dirty money," since Napoles' lifestyle change "was so sudden."

"She started flaunting her lifestyle really quickly," the source added, saying it got more and more lavish after 2005.

An online video of Napoles' 21st birthday revealed more extravagance. Hosted in Hollywood, the party included a fashion show, overflowing food and drinks, and a celebratory Napoles family, including Janet, greeting her "baby girl" a happy birthday.

Jeane is Napoles' youngest daughter.


Most recent photos before Jeane closed her social media accounts showed her week-long 23rd birthday celebration in high-scale bars and clubs in Manila, and a trip to London.

In her blog, Napoles wrote a post in May 2011 that may appear ironic if her mother is proven guilty of the allegations.

"I am actually quite happy that Manny Pacquiao won his fight against Shane Mosley," she wrote. "But when you tell the public you are going to wear yellow gloves as [a] symbol to fight poverty, don’t let your wife wear 7 million [pesos] worth of yellow diamond earrings then."



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How Janet Lim-Napoles got away


http://www.rappler.com/nation/35847-napoles-sandiganbayan-helmets


by  Aries Rufo
Posted on 08/07/2013 2:10 PM  | Updated 08/08/2013 1:06 AM





MANILA, Philippines - Janet "Jenny" Napoles learned the tricks of the trade in the military, where she hobnobbed with generals.

She started small 15 years ago, cutting a deal with the Philippine Marines for the P3.8-million purchase of 500 Kevlar helmets that the Sandiganbayan later found out to be dubious. The court in 2010 punished military officers and civilians who signed the contract.

But Napoles, who encashed the checks from the Marines, got away with it.

In 1998, using her military connections, Napoles committed to deliver 500 Kevlar helmets to the Philippine Marines in exchange for a P3.8-million contract.

She was not a signatory to the deal, however. Instead, she used her mother, brother and sister-in-law to put up dubious companies that participated in a supposed bidding for the supply of the helmets, Sandiganbayan records show.

Her husband, now retired Maj Jaime Napoles of the Marines, was initially charged for failing to investigate the existence of dubious suppliers and his failure to explain the issuance of all 14 checks to his wife. He was however eventually dropped from the case for lack of probable evidence.

Five suppliers participated in the supposed bidding, submitting similar price quotations. The contract was eventually awarded to 7 firms in 1998, only one of which was accredited by the Marines, according to court records. The rest were either non-existent or carried residential addresses.

Given the total amount of the contract — P3.8 million — it required the signature of the Armed Forces chief of staff at the time. To go around the signing threshold, according to the Ombudsman's case filed with the court, the Marines split the contract into 14 identical purchase orders each amounting to P293,763.56.

Because of the lower amount, the signing authority for the split contracts was confined to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) Commandant. At the time, Lt Gen Edgardo Espinosa was the PMC commandant.

Full payment, no delivery

On Jan 7, 1999, without any delivery, the Philippine Marines issued the full payment to the 7 firms for the procurement of 500 Kevlar helmets. All 14 checks were immediately encashed on the same day in Napoles’ Security Bank account in Pasong Tamo Branch, Makati, court records and testimonies showed.

Eight months after Napoles got paid, she was still unable to deliver the helmets, the same records showed. It was only in October 1999, a month after it was discovered not a single helmet had been delivered, that she sent the first batch of helmets. She delivered only 201 units out of the 500 she had committed to produce. She completed the delivery only in December 2000, more than a year later.


To make matters worse, the helmets were not made in the US, as specified by the Marines, but in Taiwan, and were of inferior quality.

The Kevlar scandal forced the filing in August 2001 of malversation charges against officers and civilian suppliers involved in the deal, including Napoles' mother, brother, sister-in-law, and no less than the commandant of the Marines at the time, Espinosa.

Nine years later, on Oct 28, 2010, the Sandiganbayan's 4th Division convicted Napoles' brother, Reynaldo Luy-Lim, and sister-in-law Anna Marie Dulguime, for falsification of public documents, along with other Marines.



Court's mercy



However, Reynaldo and Anna Marie did not spend a single minute behind bars because they pleaded for probation, telling the anti-graft court they “are not hardened criminals who are beyond redemption.”

They asked the Sandiganbayan's 4th division, headed by Justice Gregory Ong, to “give them a second chance to maintain their place in society through a process of reformation.”

Arguing they were first-time offenders, they applied for probation, which the court granted on Jan 21, 2013.


Based on Rappler's review of court records, among the civilians charged in the case aside from the Napoleses were the following:
1.Evelyn de Leon of Emboy Trading
2.Reynaldo Francisco of Rejoemex Trading
3.Magdalena Francisco of Winlim Trading
4.Mia Legacion of Vinnie Trading
5.Priscilla Somosot of Atria and Presel Trading

Like pork barrel scheme



Based on the records and interviews with sources, we found out the following:


•Similar to the pork barrel scheme, the case before the Sandiganbayan involved the ghost delivery of helmets, with Napoles as the final recipient of the money. 14 checks issued as payments to 7 supposed winning bidders were all deposited in her Security Bank account.

•Falsified documents were submitted to show proof of deliveries. It was only after the ghost deliveries were found out that Napoles delivered 500 Kevlar helmets in two tranches. Still, they were branded as substandard.

•Owners of the supposed winning firms were apparent dummies of Napoles. Still, the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan were apparently clueless about the ties of Napoles with the alleged civilian suppliers. The court decision made no mention of the fact that Reynaldo Francisco, Magdalena Francisco and Anna Marie Dulguime were all related to her.

•The prosecution could have missed this crucial link because the suppliers, including Napoles’ family members, used a different surname (their mother’s maiden name) and addresses which were later found to be non-existent. Husband and wife Reynaldo and Anna Marie used different addresses for purposes of serving court summons. It was only when they applied for a probation order that the couple used the same address.

We tried to get the side of the Sagayo law office which acted as counsel for Reynaldo and Magdalena Francisco and Dulguime. We were told they were not aware that Reynaldo Francisco and Reynald Lim are one and the same person.

•At the time the Kevlar helmet case broke out in 1999 , Napoles claimed she was an importer and dealer of various products such as communication and electronic devices, cameras, helmets and watercraft vehicles. However, in a recent interview with ABS-CBN's Korina Sanchez, Napoles said the family built their wealth from coal trading in China, Pakistan and Indonesia from the 1990s.

•Reynald Francisco, aka Reynaldo Lim, could have violated the conditions set in his probation only months after he was linked by the anti-graft court in April to the abduction of pork barrel whistleblower, Benhur Luy, a relative. Under the probation order, which covered a one-year period from Jan 21, 2013, Reynaldo was to “maintain a law abiding behavior at all times and avoid committing any further criminal offense.” The Court warned that “if the probationer fails to do so or is otherwise found to have committed any material representation in his application for probation, the Court shall revoke this probation order and he may be compelled to suffer the penalties imposed by the Court.” The kidnapping charges filed against Napoles and Reynaldo were however dismissed by the Department of Justice for lack of probable cause.

•A lead provided to Rappler showed that Reynaldo, who apparently now goes by the name Reynald Lim, was able to acquire properties and set up corporations in the United States. The source said Reynaldo/Reynald was able to migrate to the US “using his wife’s work sponsored immigration papers.” A separate source who attended several parties hosted by the Napoleses also swears that Reynaldo’s passport name is Reynald Lim.

Because he was convicted, he was supposed to be covered by a hold departure order (HDO). Court records do not show that Reynaldo applied for permission to leave the country. In Napoles’ case, her HDO was lifted only in November 2010, or a month after the court promulgated its ruling.



Conversion and beyond



A retired senior Marine officer told Rappler that even before the Kevlar helmet scam broke out, Napoles “was known in the Philippine Navy, being a regular fixture there.”

At first, the officer said Napoles engaged in "conversion" in the military, a longtime practice in the organization where military units and commanders impatient with the bureaucracy and in need of instant cash go to friendly suppliers who provide them money to build a battlefield hut, for example.

In exchange, the commanders issue suppliers receipts for the supposed purchase of office supplies. The suppliers then make these ghost deliveries — on paper — to formalize the transaction, ensuring they and their military counterparts get a cut.

This massive conversion scheme, initially believed to fast-track battefield requirements, soon went unchecked and was abused by commanders. Its misuse was exposed in 2003, when two sons of then military comptroller Carlos Garcia were arrested in the US for smuggling thousands of dollars. Garcia is now in jail while his co-accused — his wife and two sons — are said to be in the US.


Unlike Garcia, however, Napoles was not part of the chain of command.

She would later branch out into other big-ticket items in the Navy, said the retired officer. Whenever Napoles paid a visit, “she was always accompanied with an entourage. I think all those Navy commandants knew her.”

Thus when the Kevlar case was filed, there were enough witnesses who said she was actually behind it.

In its ruling, the anti-graft court found there was conspiracy among the accused military officers and the suppliers to falsify public documents. They were sentenced to 4-8 years in prison and a penalty of P5,000 each.

Then Marine commandant Espinosa and Napoles, however, were among those acquitted.

In clearing Napoles, the court pointed out that “she was not one of the dealer-payees in the transaction” and on this basis, “her participation as a private individual becomes remote. “

The court added that “even if she owns the bank account where the 14 checks were later deposited, this does not in itself translate to her conspiracy in the crime charged in the information absent evidence of an overt act on her part.”

Thus Napoles was never subjected to public scrutiny — until the pork barrel scam exposed by whistleblowers a few weeks ago.


The whistleblowers said Napoles stayed in the shadows while her staff, fronting for her, did the paper work and legwork for her fictitious foundations.

Will she continue to remain under the radar?





READ  also in rappler:       Napoles lawyer threatens, Rappler replies

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                                           Pork barrel ‘queen’ parties with solons



Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 08, 2013, 02:33 PM
If the most powerful man in the Philippines cannot do anything about this KABABUYAN (pun intended), then God help us.  :help:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: isalimoko on Aug 08, 2013, 02:35 PM
hindi ba ang trabaho ng mga senators ay gumawa at magpasa na batas?  ang government projects dapat ang gumagawa yung mga nasa baba.  I read somewhere yung mga roles ng politicians, trabaho ng Mayor ang mga infrastructure projects (or mali ako ng naalala?)  bakit pa kailangang humawak ng pera ang mga senators, hindi naman nila role yun.  and then kung kanino at saan sila pabor, dun napupunta yung pork barrel nila.  that is unfair.  kaya yung mga probinisya na mahirap ang buhay, hanggang ngayon mahirap pa rin ang kalagayan nila.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 08, 2013, 02:47 PM
hindi ba ang trabaho ng mga senators ay gumawa at magpasa na batas?  ang government projects dapat ang gumagawa yung mga nasa baba.  I read somewhere yung mga roles ng politicians, trabaho ng Mayor ang mga infrastructure projects (or mali ako ng naalala?)  bakit pa kailangang humawak ng pera ang mga senators, hindi naman nila role yun.  and then kung kanino at saan sila pabor, dun napupunta yung pork barrel nila.  that is unfair.  kaya yung mga probinisya na mahirap ang buhay, hanggang ngayon mahirap pa rin ang kalagayan nila.

Yung senator ay national ang coverage nila kaya mostly sa high profile project sila (kung meron man). Dapat yung congressman dahil localized yung constituent nila sa district nila. Maganda sana itong pork barrel kung di binaboy ng mga baboy sa Congreso.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 08, 2013, 06:52 PM
Napoles' daughter flaunts family's wealth


from a report by Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News


http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/07/29/13/napoles-daughter-flaunts-familys-wealth


07/29/2013




MANILA (UPDATED) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is investigating the wealth of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, after photos of her daughter flaunting their wealth appeared on social media.

Napoles is the alleged brains behind the P10-billion pork barrel "scam."

The Instagram account of her daughter, Jeane, shows photos of the younger Napoles boasting about expensive cars she received from her parents during her birthday debut and graduation from college.

The photos also show expensive watches, jewelry, clothing, and shoes.

One Instagram photo claimed that she bought all the items at a branded bag store.

Another showed shopping sprees in other countries.

The photos were sent to ABS-CBN News by a friend of the younger Napoles, a a fashion designer and model, after the pork barrel scam hit news headlines.

Jeane Napoles' Instagram account has since been deleted, but other photos and video clips showing her lifestyle are continuing to circulate online.

One Vimeo video clip shows her 21st birthday party at Beverly Hills. The video was later made private but a copy was uploaded on YouTube.


Meanwhile, another blog claims that the younger Napoles has a clutch bag costing roughly P400,000 and 9 pairs of shoes costing P360,000 each.

It also alleged that her watches alone cost P1 million each.

ABS-CBN News showed the photos to her mother, Janet Lim Napoles, who confirmed their authenticity.

She, however, offered an explanation for them.

Napoles said her daughter's Porsche was a gift when her daughter graduated magna cum laude.

Another Porsche was a gift during her daughter's birthday, she added.

She said they also gave jewelry and expensive watches as gifts during her birthday.

Napoles denied that they own the 20 pieces of luggage at a Japan airport, but did not disown luggage that arrived in Manila.

She said they only had 5 pieces of luggage and a copier machine.

Napoles said it was their right to go shopping because they were earning money from their business ventures.

She also denied buying all of the items sold at a high-end bag shop.

Napoles insisted that their wealth is the the result of legitimate business.

"Wala po na nanggaling sa gobyerno, ni piso. Lahat pong yan ay hanapubuhay namin galing sa aming pinaghirapan," she said. "Kaming mag-asawa ay nagpapakamatay na maghanapbuhay para maibigay po namin sa aming mga anak.:

She also confirmed that they co-own a P7-million hotel near Disneyland in Los Angeles, California.

BIR chief Kim Henares said she has also recieved photos and information on the Napoles family.

She said the bureau is now looking into the family's properties.

She said there is nothing wrong in flaunting one's wealth as long as the person pays the right taxes.

She said tax evasion charges will be filed against Napoles if there is evidence to support the allegation.

"Sabi niyo mayaman kayo, kailangang ma establish kung ano yung asset. Check natin kung nagbayad ng tamang buwis. Kung talagang mayaman at nagbayad, walang problema. May problema lang kung hindi nagtutugma yung dalawa," Henares said.

Napoles, meanwhile, said they have paid the right taxes and she is ready to reveal all of their wealth if needed.




Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 09, 2013, 12:43 AM
Here's a proposal to at least improve this pork barrel thing. Excerpts from Philstar..


"There is a need to reform the PFAF process. The objective is to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse. One immediate reform is to ensure greater transparency. Senators and congressmen should be required to publicly list, on their websites, the specific funding request at least 30 days before release of funds. The request should include the agency or the name of the recipient, the amount of fund allocated, and the specific purpose. This will allow legitimate NGOs and other watch groups to monitor all these pork barrel requests.

Second, all these PDAF requests should be subject to hearings. In this case I propose that the review should be conducted by the relevant executive branch. So funding for scholarships and classrooms should be reviewed by the Department of Education. Pork barrel requests having to do with medicine and other health care benefits should be done by the Department of Health. Perhaps, this will prevent another incident where Senator Sotto sent anti-dengue medicine to a town where there was no dengue outbreak.

All pork barrel benefits, including those for NGOs should be subject to competitive bidding and audit by the Commission on Audit. For example, the EMP medicine sent by Senator Sotto to cure dengue (where there was no dengue) should have been procured through competitive bidding."

http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2013/08/08/1064721/pork-any-other-name
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 15, 2013, 04:57 PM
Napoles still at large, now considered a fugitive after arrest warrant

August 15, 2013 11:17am

The hunt continues for Janet Lim-Napoles, who was ordered arrested Wednesday for the "serious illegal detention" of a whistleblower in a P10-billion pork barrel scandal.

The businesswoman is still at large and the arrest warrant has yet to be served Thursday even as her lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, said she has not spoken to Napoles, nor did she know her client's whereabouts.
 
"In all truthfulness, we do not know where she is. I am saying to you as officer of the court if she is listening to this, we are still appealing and saying she has legal remedies under the law and we are studying her legal options," Kapunan said in a telephone interview on News to Go on Thursday.
 
Branch 150 of RTC-Makati issued warrants of arrest on Wednesday afternoon for Napoles, the alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping of Benhur Luy, and Napoles's brother Reynald 'Jojo' Lim.
 
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said Napoles may also face charges in connection with anomalies involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel, of several lawmakers.
 
"NBI has been working the whole time on an investigation of the PDAF," De Lima said in a telephone interview on News to Go on Thursday.
 
"Pine-prepare na namin 'yan kung anong mga kaso ang isasampa at sinu-sino ang mga sasampahan ng kaso other than Napoles," said De Lima, who said she could not confirm how many lawmakers would be facing charges, as the investigation was still ongoing.
 
"Ayaw pa namin magpalabas ng listahan o mag-announce ng mga pangalan na hindi pa ganun kasigurado," De Lima said.
 
However, De Lima said they had sufficient evidence from whistleblowers' testimonies as well as supporting documents against a number of lawmakers, who may face charges in the next few weeks.
 
"Baka 'yung pagsampa namin ng kaso ay by batches or piecemeal. Kasi kung hihintayin ho namin ng buo, baka matagal-tagal pa ito. Gusto na ho namin na makapagsampa kaagad ng mga ilan-ilan na kaso para mapatunayan sa publiko na sineseryoso namin itong imbestigasyon na ito na merong pinatutunguhan, na merong resulta," she said.
 
De Lima stressed that the warrants of arrest were effectively also hold departure orders that would prevent them from escaping to other countries through airports or ports.
 
"Once they are spotted in any of these ports, kailangan i-alert agad ang NBI to implement the warrant of arrest. Effectively it's an HDO," she said.
 
Meanwhile, Kapunan said the warrants of arrest came as a surprise, as the illegal detention case had already been dismissed.
 
"Without any hearing on the motion for reconsideration, and without any additional evidence presented, nag-reverse ang DOJ. We are wondering why," Kapunan said.
 
According to De Lima, they requested a special raffle from the RTC-Makati because the case was urgent.
 
"It is so desperate on the part of the Secretary and so pathetic that they should do this to her," said Kapunan, who said there was an "orchestrated, deliberate campaign" against Napoles.
 
NBI agents rescued Luy on March 22 at the Pacific Plaza Tower, where he was detained for three months after Napoles and Lim allegedly abducted him on December 19, 2012.
 
Napoles, in a comment sent to the DOJ, claimed Luy was on spiritual retreat.
 
On June 10, the DOJ dismissed the case, saying it was "misled" in ordering Luy's "rescue," noting the supposed letter Luy sent to his parents denying that he was taken against his will.
 
However, NBI and Luy had filed for a motion of reconsideration, resulting in the reversal of the decision.
 
Appeal for surrender

Although Kapunan appealed to Napoles to surrender, she said she would understand if her client did not.
 
“We have not been able to talk to her. If she is listening now we are saying, please surrender, as her lawyer, but I can understand why she will not. If you have a process like this where the DOJ Sec assures your client that they will get their day in court, when you have a judge that issues a warrant of arrest even when there are two pending motions... will she believe in this justice system after she was assured a fair day in court or after she was assured that there will be an objective treatment?” Kapunan said.
 
She also noted that they were unable to monitor the case, which was assigned to a special raffle.
 
"Even without receiving a resolution and to protect our client's rights, we hastily prepared a motion for determination of probable cause which is her remedy under the circumstance. Pati 'yung kapatid niya ganun din," said Kapunan, adding that they have two pending motions with the RTC judge set for hearing on Friday.
 
"We are confident that at least the judge would give our clients their day in court," she said. —Carmela G. Lapeña/KG/HS, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/322108/news/nation/napoles-still-at-large-now-considered-a-fugitive-after-arrest-warrant?ref=top_stories
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: blacknaz21 on Aug 15, 2013, 08:55 PM
Palagi na lang nakakalusot yang Napoles na yan. Sa dami ng kinasangkutan nya n kaso ni hindi man lang sya natinag. Maraming nagbubulag-bulagan sa atin kaya sya nakakalusot.

Sana sa ngayon hindi lang papogi ang gagawin nila sana tuluyan na yan para mabawasan ang corrupt na tao sa mundo. :gun2:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Sheikmaktoum on Aug 16, 2013, 02:10 PM
^ he he he natawa ako sa hirit mo sir ah. matindi talaga corruption satin. Napoles nagtago na!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Market_Market on Aug 16, 2013, 02:48 PM
Me warrant of arrest na si Napoles...

Pero pano yung mga sangkot na lawmakers?

Ganun na lang?  Wala na?   

Kawawang Pilipinas!

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 16, 2013, 03:04 PM
Paano kc daming connections military, senadors, congs, politicians. Sayang lang ang mga buwis natin at napunta sa mga bwisit. Calling P-noy. saan po daang matuwid?
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: george88 on Aug 16, 2013, 03:25 PM
Kung may kapangyarihan lang ako ni Magneto lahat ng Missile at granada sa pilipinas sa malacanang ko tetestingin kung nakamamatay talaga...
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 16, 2013, 04:44 PM
I support Sen. Santiago's resolution calling for the gradual phaseout of the PDAF. At least, one source of graft would be eliminated if this happens.

Santiago might not have endeared herself to the crowd when she called her Senate colleagues hypocrites at the close of the Corona impeachment hearings. But as recent events have shown, how right she was all along! How could the likes of Enrile or Estrada act as though they're honorable men when they're probably guilty of even worse  transgressions than the people they summon and subject to public bullying at these hearings (to the point of driving them to commit suicide such as in the case of Gen. Angelo Reyes)?

Sadly, systemic is the best word to describe the rampant corruption in our country today, no less than it was in the past. It's a long way to "Daang Matuwid" but all isn't hopeless--if we  care enough and remain vigilant.

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 16, 2013, 05:55 PM
I cannot agree more. I thought Corona's ouster would pave the way for transparency of our leaders by releasing their SALNs. Where are the SALNs now? Who got ousted by fake SALNs after Corona? Are our politicians so clean now? Jinggoy is already saying he wont be subject to a Senate inquiry if the Pork barrel scam will be investigated? Aquino is against the abolition of PDAF. Everybody get a share of this greasy pork except Juan dela Cruz the tax payer.

I hope Juan dela Cruz will soon be an educated and responsible voter. kailan kaya?
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 16, 2013, 06:47 PM

'74 solons exceeded pork barrel; P6 billion went to 82 NGOs'

MANILA, Philippines - At least 74 legislators exceeded their respective allocated Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from 2007 to 2009, the Commission on Audit report revealed on Friday.

At a televised press briefing, COA chairwoman Grace Pulido-Tan said these lawmakers got more than by “hundreds of millions” in their pork barrel.

"Pag sinabi nating labis-labis... hindi lang po P1 million o P5 million, ang labis hundreds of millions and at least one lawmaker got almost P3 billion allocation for PDAF,” COA chairwoman Grace Pulido-Tan said.

She also disclosed that one lawmaker, whom she declined to name, allegedly received P3 billion of PDAF in all.

“Paano nangyari na isang kongresista ay halos 3 billion ang na-release sa kanya? Ano itong mga proyekto na ito,” asked Pulido-Tan.

Senators are allocated with P200 million in pork barrel funds yearly while congressmen receive P70 million each.
Headlines ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

The COA report revealed that a total of P32.347 billion were released out of the allocation of 356 legislators from 2007 to 2009, including a ceratin Luis Abalos who is not a member of the 13th and 14th Congress.

Pulido-Tan also said 12 senators and 180 representatives allocated P6.156 billion in priority development assistance funds to 82 non-government organizations from 2007-2009.

The COA chief said the special audit they conducted clearly showed irregularities in the use of the PDAF ranging from excessive pork barrel allocations, overpricing to ghost deliveries and ghost beneficiaries.

She said the irregularities became possible because of a combination of corruption and the failure of national government agencies, lawmakers' offices, and lapses by the Department of Budget and Management itself, which did not follow its own rules in some cases.

She said that her agency is already in the process of issuing notices of disallowance, a process that she said could take one year.

Some of the key findings of the COA report include:

1. Dozens of lawmakers received PDAF beyond their respective allocations.

2. Some funds were released for projects outside of a congressman's legislative district or sector.

3. One non-lawmaker, a certain "Luis Abalos," received P20 million PDAF and no agency could explain how this happened.

4. No endorsement from the agencies for which the funds were released, which violates the Budget Department's own rules.

5. Of the 82 NGOs covered by audit, many had dubious addresses; some were traced to shanties, or just the home addresses of some members.

6. The delivery of goods and services by NGOs, amounting to billions of pesos, were not made through public bidding.

7. Many NGOs used the same suppliers usually for purchase of agriculture products; some suppliers denied transacting with NGOs while some admitted selling seedlings and other products but denied that the transactions reached millions of pesos.

8. Some suppliers had no business permits when COA checked with respective LGUs.

9. P123 million of funds were used to pay salaries of workers in NGOs

10. Many projects were deficient, overpriced, lacked specifications and subject to split contracts.

11. 54 projects costing P154 million were constructed on private lots, with no evidence that the lots were turned over to government.

12. There were also cases when the list of beneficiaries was taken from the list of those who took the Board Exam.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/08/16/1098131/74-solons-exceeded-pork-barrel-p6-billion-went-82-ngos
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 16, 2013, 07:34 PM
If only pinoys would unite and remove these individuals, their family and kins out of power during election then it would have been far more cheaper and simpler to do so than to prosecute them while in power. 


Consider the surprising massive election losses incurred on the Jalosjos clan in zamboanga peninsula where out of 10 candidates from this corrupt group only 1 won.  This clan had been ruling around the area for so long it was thought to be impossible to break this criminal family syndicate but it did finally so it shows that it can be done cooperatively w/o fanfare of a court proceedings like Corona's trial.  Soon enough if they keep on losing their (stolen) wealth will be drained on election expenses.


Hopefully the likes of enriles, lapids, estradas, revillas, sotto, marcos, pinedas, villars, remullas, binays and all known personalites involved et al. will be removed forever. 
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: bauer on Aug 16, 2013, 09:04 PM
kaya systemic ang corruption kasi maaga palang natuturuan na.

tulad ngayong darating na barangay election, boboto rin ang mga bata sa SK election.  bata palang gumagaya na sa maling sistema na mga nakakatandang pulitiko.

one way to reduce corruption?

Increase the fines several folds and give a high reward sa enforcers.

example, no parking zone pero may nag park, make it 10,000 peso fine or even 20,000 syempre yung humuli malaking lagay rin ang hihingin usually 50% of the fine so mahirap para sa isang nahuli magbayad ng lagay kasi malaki sobra ang singilan. 

tingin ko bababa ang corruption rate at tataas naman ang rate ng pagsunod sa mga batas trapiko.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: RFMarine on Aug 16, 2013, 09:59 PM
Quote
I hope Juan dela Cruz will soon be an educated and responsible voter. kailan kaya?

dont blame me, i voted for miriam when she ran for prez
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 16, 2013, 10:16 PM
dont blame me, i voted for miriam when she ran for prez

No one's blaming you. In fact, Miriam is one of the few bright spots in Philippine politics. You made a relatively right choice.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: suntzu on Aug 17, 2013, 12:13 AM
totoo ba ito? o panaginip lang? kasi pag gising ko after one month, wala na si napoles dito. another way of corruption will be born. samantala, the public officials allegedly involved will be much more creative. "let's try religious". LOL
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 17, 2013, 10:33 AM
Rappler





A few weeks before COA released its special audit report on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Rappler analyzed from COA reports and summarized its findings (including lists of NGOs, lawmakers involved, and dates) in a three-part series.


 Here are the Rappler Exclusive reports in case you missed them:




Part 1: At least 49 lawmakers have development funds channeled to dubious non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/34459-admin-solons-linked-pork-barrel-scam




 Part 2: A bigger but seemingly exclusive network of groups outside government have been cornering lawmakers' pork barrel in recent years.


http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/34870-almost-half-of-pdaf-goes-to-favored-ngos




Part 3: COA reports, as well as a few other lawmakers, say these elected officials almost all the time choose which NGOs get a slice of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).


http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/35210-pdaf-collusion-solons-choose-ngos
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: ferrariEverest on Aug 17, 2013, 01:16 PM
^ high profile resignations... mangyari rin kaya sa Pilipinas?

sana nga malinis din ang Pinas.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: ferrariEverest on Aug 17, 2013, 01:23 PM
kaya systemic ang corruption kasi maaga palang natuturuan na.

tulad ngayong darating na barangay election, boboto rin ang mga bata sa SK election.  bata palang gumagaya na sa maling sistema na mga nakakatandang pulitiko.

one way to reduce corruption?

Increase the fines several folds and give a high reward sa enforcers.

example, no parking zone pero may nag park, make it 10,000 peso fine or even 20,000 syempre yung humuli malaking lagay rin ang hihingin usually 50% of the fine so mahirap para sa isang nahuli magbayad ng lagay kasi malaki sobra ang singilan. 

tingin ko bababa ang corruption rate at tataas naman ang rate ng pagsunod sa mga batas trapiko.
hahaha! pareho tayo ng idea. tagal ko na rin naisip yan.

dapat lahat ng penalties ngayon iangat ng 10,000% or more para mapilitang madisiplina yung mga matigas ulo.
pati yung mga bawal na products gaya ng sigarilyo at alak, dapat itaas rin.
isang stick ng sigarilyo, dapat P100 to P500 per stick.
isang bote ng alak dapat P300 to P1000 isa.

kahit mayayaman aaray pag ganyan.

dapat kung ano yung tama, healthy at kapaki-pakinabang , yun ang mura. the reality is, baligtad e. :D
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: vhinsent08 on Aug 17, 2013, 01:38 PM
ibig sabihin ngalang nag audit ang COA???
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 17, 2013, 02:34 PM
^ high profile resignations... mangyari rin kaya sa Pilipinas?

sana nga malinis din ang Pinas.

Kahit di na sila mag-resign basta matuluyan na lang silang maging baboy para meron tayong mga Swineators, Congress Porksentatives, Porksident, Lechon Liberal Sarsa Party, National Pork Party. Lahat sila kasali rin sa PPP (Pork-Pork-Partnership) projects and meron din tayong Pig party list. Mainitan sigurado kahit sa Babuyan Elections.

Hwag lang tayong tawaging Piglipinas na may P(ork)-noy porksident.  :harhar:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 18, 2013, 03:17 PM
Meron na rin tayong mga:

Provincial Boar Members
Karneng Baboy Lamang - KBL


 :harhar:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Aug 18, 2013, 05:29 PM
Definitely scrap it! It's obviously a powerful tool of the executive to control/have some clout on the legislative (the "carrot and stick" arrangement"), it was only meant for that and not as a means to prioritize the development of/assist the countryside (whatever that means).

Why don't we just let the the respective municipalities create/submit their development projects proposals by themselves, which the central government will then evaluate? And let the most deserving ones get their funding. Besides, senators and congressmen are supposed to legislate, and not be funding agencies for their constituents. Kung pinambayad na lang sa utang ng bansa ang lahat ng pera na ginamit sa PDAF, baka mababa/wala na tayong utang.

Nasira pa tuloy ang pangalan ng mga NGOs, who inherently should be the main representatives of the so-called "civil society". From saint to devil, grabe...

At a glance, one can't help but "admire" the ingenuity of those behind the alleged PDAF scams, grabe tuso ng mga ito. Sana na lang gamitin ang sobrang katalinuhan nila for the greater good, not for their own selfish ends.

 :watchuthink:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 19, 2013, 06:58 PM
Name a guy in Philippine politics and most likely he has pork blood running in his veins...


Why Congress won’t act on call for pork scam probe

Why is Congress playing deaf to the growing clamor to abolish the annual P24-billion pork barrel?

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said Sunday that with the release of the Commission on Audit (COA) report, the main reason why Congress does not want to investigate the scam has been revealed.

“It is now clear that the reason why there is resistance to an investigation in Congress is because those who are involved are in power,” Colmenares said.

He said, however, that the lawmakers’ involvement should spur Congress to investigate the scam or “risk being accused of making a cover-up.”

The lawmakers involved are either senators or congressmen who received more than their annual Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations (P200 million for senators and P70 million for representatives) or dealt with dubious nongovernment organizations (NGOs) from 2007 to 2009, according to the 412-page COA investigative report.

The COA team that did the special audit of the PDAF was composed of Catherine B. Petri, Kristina Cleo R. Bigornia, Jennifer A. Sanorjo, Cristina P. Mercado, Ma. Cristina Irene P. Franco, Joselita G. Corteza, George S. Tamayo, Jr., Dondon P. Marcos, Joselito N. Sucion, Rosemarie R. Magtaan, Onofre R. Mores, Lydia R. Dizon, Teresita T. Santiago and Grace T. de Castro.

The team leaders were Joan Agnes N. Alfafaras, Angelita A. Aquino, Cheryll Apalisoc, Leona A. Andriano, and Gloria D. Silverio. The overall leader of the team was Elsielin C. Masangcay.

9 senators

There are nine incumbent senators in the COA report: Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Gregorio Honasan II, Lito Lapid, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Loren Legarda.

Six senators are related by blood to the senators involved in the pork barrel: Juan Edgardo Angara (son of former Sen. Edgardo Angara), Pia Cayetano (sister of Alan), Joseph Victor Ejercito (brother of Jinggoy), Koko Pimentel Jr. (son of former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr.), Cynthia Villar (wife of former Sen. Manny Villar, although she is listed in the COA report as the Las Piñas representative).

Cayetano, who used to be at the forefront of congressional probes anchored on testimony far less reliable than pork barrel scam whistle-blowers Benhur Luy and Merlina Suñas, has been quick to reject public demand that the Senate investigate the scam, saying it amounts to senators investigating senators.

His wife, Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano, has also been cited in the COA report for exceeding her pork barrel allocation by P8.5 million when she was a representative under the administration of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Senator Cayetano is also counting on his brother, Taguig City Rep. Lino Cayetano, to hold the same view.

Another political dynasty is in the same boat as the Cayetanos. Makati Rep. Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay also exceeded her pork barrel quota by P47 million from 2007 to 2009, but she could count on her father (Vice President Jejomar Binay), her sister (Sen. Nancy Binay) and brother (Makati Mayor Jun-Jun Binay) for support.

Aquino officials

Some of the implicated lawmakers in the pork barrel scam have taken key positions in the Aquino administration: Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (he gave P5 million to a suspect NGO, Kaloocan Assistance Council Inc.), Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Chair Joel Villanueva.

More than 40 congressmen implicated in the pork barrel scam are still going strong in the House of Representatives, and they are led by Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, who has been found to have exceeded his pork barrel allocations by P205 million during the Arroyo administration and has spent P256.381 million of his pork barrel for projects using spurious documents, including 167 transactions worth P28.744 million that have been denied by suppliers.

Gonzales was senior deputy majority leader from 2007 and 2009 when all impeachment cases against Arroyo were nipped in the bud. He has been in office since 1995 (except when he became mayor from 2004 to 2007) and is currently serving his second three-year term.

Scandal-tainted leaders

The scam-tainted lawmakers who managed to get leadership positions in this Congress are Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan City (minority leader), Carlos Padilla of Nueva Vizcaya (Deputy Speaker), Giorgidi Aggabao of Isabela (Deputy Speaker) and Roberto V. Puno of Antipolo City (Deputy Speaker).

Others got juicy committee chairmanships: Isidro Ungab of Davao City (committee on appropriations), Neil Tupas Jr. of Iloilo (justice) Amado Bagatsing of Manila (ecology), Marcelino Teodoro of Marikina (legislative franchises), Arturo B. Robes of San Jose Del Monte City (social services), Herminia B. Roman of Bataan  (veterans affairs and welfare), Arnulfo Go of Sultan Kudarat (Mindanao affairs), Victor Yu of Zamboanga del Sur (science and technology), Vicente Belmonte of Iligan (dangerous drugs), Al Francis Bichara of Albay (foreign affairs) and Manuel Agyao of Kalinga (rural development).

At least two incumbents have a direct and bigger participation in the pork barrel scam: Rolando Andaya of Camarines Sur (former budget secretary) and Arthur Yap (former agriculture secretary).

Other porkers

The rest of the incumbent lawmakers cited in the report are Diosdado M. Arroyo of Camarines Sur (whose uncle, the late Ignacio Arroyo, is also implicated), Philip Pichay of Surigao del Sur (whose brother, former Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr., was also listed in COA report), Julio Ledesma IV of Negros Occidental, Isagani S. Amatong of Zamboanga del Norte, Rommel C. Amatong of Compostela Valley, Benjamin Asilo of Manila;

Ma. Theresa Bonoan of Manila, Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental, Emil Ong of Northern Samar, Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan, Czarina Umali of Nueva Ecija, Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte, Maria Zenaida Angping of Manila, Joseph Gilbert Violago of Nueva Ecija, Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental, Belma Cabilao of Zamboanga Sibugay;

Wilfrido Mark Enverga of Quezon, Rolando Uy of Cagayan de Oro, Dulce Ann Hofer of Zamboanga Sibugay, Antonio Lagdameo of Davao del Norte, Franklin Bautista of Davao del Sur, Victor Francisco Ortega of La Union, Carol Jayne Lopez of Yacap party-list, Mariano Piamonte of A-Teacher party-list group and Francisco Manuel Ortega of Abono party-list group.

Related by blood, party ties

Some of the incumbent lawmakers are related by blood or party ties to the lawmakers implicated in the COA report: Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro (brother of now Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali), Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City (son of former Speaker Prospero Nograles), Winston Castelo of Quezon City (brother of Nanette Castelo-Daza), Rene Relampagos (cousin of Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos);

Eleonor Bulut-Begtang of Apayao (sister of former Rep. Elias Bulut), Carlo V. Lopez of Manila (son of former Rep. Jaime Lopez), Mercedes Cagas of Davao del Sur (mother of former Rep. Marc Douglas Cagas), Harlin Abayo of Northern Samar (husband of former Rep. Daryl Grace Abayo); Gerald Anthony Gullas of Cebu (son of former Rep. Eduardo Gullas), Enrique Garcia Jr. of Bataan (father of former Rep. Albert Raymund Garcia);

Mark Villar of Las Piñas (son of Senator Villar), Magnolia Antonino-Nadres of Nueva Ecija (daughter of former Rep. Rodolfo Antonino), Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas of Pangasinan (mother of former Rep. Rachel Arenas), Rodolfo Biazon of Muntinlupa City (father of former Rep. Rufino Biazon who is now customs chief), Dakila Carlo Cua of Quirino (son of former Rep. Junie Cua), Georgina de Venecia of Pangasinan (wife of former Speaker Jose de Venecia);

Grex Lagman of Albay (son of former Rep. Edcel Lagman), Lani Revilla of Cavite (wife of Senator Revilla), Susan Yap of Tarlac (daughter of former Rep. Jose Yap), Regina Ongsiako Reyes of Marinduque (daughter of former Rep. Carmencita Reyes), Scott Davies Lanete of Masbate (son of former Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete), Felix William Fuentebella of Camarines Sur (son of former Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella);

Thelma Almario of Davao Oriental (mother of former Rep. Joel Mayo Almario), Jose Ma. Zubiri of Bukidnon (father of former Rep. Juan Miguel Zubiri), Elisa Olga T. Kho of Masbate (wife of former Rep. Antonio Kho), Gavini C. Pancho of Bulacan (son of former Rep. Pedro Pancho), Maria Vida Bravo of Masbate (wife of former Rep. Narciso Bravo Jr.);

Conrado Estrella of Abono (cousin of former Rep. Robert Estrella), Ma. Carmen Zamora of Compostela Valley (daughter of former Rep. Manuel Zamora) and Josephine Veronique Lacson-Noel of Malabon City (wife of former An-Waray Rep. Florencio Noel), with An-Waray Representatives Victoria Noel and Neil Benedict Montejo; Sherwin Tugna and Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales of Citizen’s Battle Against Corruption; and Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. of the Buhay party-list group (brother of former Rep. Rene Velarde and son of El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde), with Irwin Tieng and Lito Atienza of Buhay.



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Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: pulubing_palaboy on Aug 20, 2013, 12:07 AM
scrap it!

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: freefront on Aug 20, 2013, 01:46 AM
from fb- Pls. mind the date

Living Without Pork
Senator Panfilo M. Lacson
Privilege speech
March 11, 2003

Mr. President, I rise today on a question of personal and collective privilege.

Last week, we passed the Senate version of the General Appropriations Bill of 2003. No less than the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and principal sponsor of the bill aptly described the 2003 budget as "bare-bones", thus appealing to his colleagues to contribute their share to arrest the projected budget deficit which our economic managers expect to hit the PhP300B mark by year-end.

I now answer the call.

I call for the scrapping of a very corrupt and corrupting system in our political institutions. All I ask are a few minutes of your precious time - and of your mind.

We now must move to abolish the pork barrel system. We must see its end during our watch without need to mourn its loss. It is a virus of corruption that must die.

And, there is no better hall on this space on earth to make it happen than the Senate - expectedly, a place of men and women with mature age, with honor, with dignity, with integrity. Further, there is no better time to declare its end than now - when the country's budget deficit is at an alarmingly uncontrollable pace. For the past year, it was PhP213B. Of course, we do not believe the numbers.

One thing, I may say is apodictic. It is still counting. There is nothing in the pork barrel system that gives us pride. There is only everything that makes us hide in shame.

It should not matter anymore under what name the system sounds. Be it the Countrywide Development Fund, or the Congressional Initiative Allocation, or the Priority Development Assistance Fund. It is, and will remain to be a fund of compulsive corruption.

The name itself traces its origin to the pre-civil war days in the United States when, in periodic fits of generosity, white masters would give their black slaves salted pork in barrels. More often than not, the eagerness of the slaves would result in ugly shoving and rushing to grab more pork than the others. The more pork one could grab for himself, the more triumphant he would appear than the others who were meek and reluctant.

We may not realize it, but the Filipino people would sometimes see us behave like slaves rushing to the pork barrel. A critic has a worse description - that of swines rushing to get more slabs than they can consume.

Mr. President, our countrymen expect to see every peso of their taxes wisely spent on every project. They become profoundly disillusioned every time they are robbed of it.

Let me say now what they hate to hear. But they must hear what we have been afraid to say.

Under the pork barrel system, only less than half of the taxpayers' money actually goes to the programs of work. More than half habitually goes to the pockets of corruption. Occasionally, depending on the insatiability of the corrupt, a shameful twenty percent of the fund is left to finance the project. Holy mackerel!

We can pretend all day not to know. But the Filipino people have never been stupid not to see through such pretense.

Let me give the breakdown. It is nasty.

• 2% goes to the Commission on Audit as S.O.P.
• 10% is given to the district engineer and other officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
• 2% is passed on to the Barangay Chairman.
• 14% goes to the contractor - 10% in profit and 4% as value-added tax, thank God!
• 5-10%, if the Mayor or Governor so demands.
• And - hold your breath - 20% of project cost is earmarked for the legislator who identifies the project.
Shares sometimes vary depending on greed.

Even the billboards that advertise the proponents of infrastructure projects are overpriced.

Legislators who allocate funds for the purchase of medicines and other pharmaceutical products, as well as school supplies get bigger takes. By how much, Mr. President? Some suppliers say, it is, "from here to eternity."

In a book published in 1998 by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, entitled, "Pork and Other Perks," the author wrote about vivid accounts of actual pay-offs involving legislators. Thus, a pay-off usually takes place inside the office of legislators. The more sophisticated ones prefer hotel rooms and restaurants. Sulo Hotel in Quezon City is said to be a favorite.

"Pork barrel" every year runs to billions of pesos. I hate to say it. The people hate to hear it. But they lose billions of pesos anyway. They lose these billions to the many deep pockets of corruption.

Mr. President, my esteemed colleagues, there is no saying here that every senator or congressman is corrupt. It is only to say that we have all become suspect. The public has every basis and right to suspect. And we seem not to mind anymore.

Mr. President, those with clear conscience among us do not need to rage. They only need to help those without it.

In this regard, may I take this opportunity to thank the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and some of our colleagues who have expressed support to this advocacy.

One colleague, Senator Joke Arroyo has done something truly admirable: he had not allocated a single centavo from his "pork barrel" allocation for the past year. However, I cannot help but wonder how his PhP200M pork was realigned since it was part and parcel of the 2002 GAA. That is the reason why I want my allocation this year deducted from the proposed 2003 GAA. I have an unsolicited advice to the distinguished gentleman from Makati and the Bicol region - why not slash the 2003 national budget by PhP211M more?

To all of us in this august chamber, maybe we can help alleviate the burgeoning budget deficit by waiving our 2003 pork barrel fund allocations. We can actually do our share, no matter how small, in balancing the budget by doing just that. With twenty-three senators, at PhP211M each, four billion, eight hundred fifty-three million (PhP4.853B) will automatically be deducted from the 2003 national budget.

The Speaker of the House, Jose de Venecia, can equally display his statesmanship by doing the same in the lower house. With more than 200 congressmen, at PhP65M each, that would be another PhP13B at least. Let us be the first to sacrifice for the sake of tiding us over a financial nightmare. I, therefore, call on the Senate and the House of Representatives to voluntarily give up the pork.

Mr. President, it is a simple choice between self-respect and self-aggrandizement.

That is exactly my point. Those among us whose hands remain untainted and unsoiled by the fruits of corruption from the evil "pork" must now be insulated from the temptation it may bring upon us. How? Let's try scrapping the "pork." There is life without it!

We all know who we are and what we are on this issue. That is one thing we are all sure about. Mine are not speculations - I definitely have my own sources. The figures I brought out earlier are never a figment of my imagination.

If the "pork barrel" stinks, how much longer must we suffer the stench? I believe it is time to abolish it altogether.

Mr. President, we were elected by the Filipino people to make good laws for the common good and never to make gold under the "pork barrel" system. We are here to make laws, not to build roads and bridges.

We were voted into office to provide check and balance under the principle of powers; and not to accept fat checks to enhance our bank account balance.

Former French President and Prime Minister, the late Jean-Raymond Pompidou, was correct. There is a whale of difference between a politician and a statesman. He said, "while a statesman places himself at the service of the nation, a politician places the nation at his own personal service."

With the "pork barrel" system, we are all perceived as dirty, corrupt and greedy politicians. Without it, we can all become better statesmen and public servants.

Whenever our committees investigate anomalies in government, does it not occur to us how equally guilty they think the legislators could be?

Mr. President, pardon my asking. There are all kinds of arguments to defend the "pork." Its advocates invent new methods and formulas to make every legislator happy. Ironically, in the mind of every Filipino, they are all mad and madly corrupted by it.

I know that the pork barrel system has never been legally flawed. In fact, the Supreme Court has ruled on its constitutionality. But the Supreme Court never ruled that scrapping the "pork barrel" system would be unconstitutional either.

I can only hope the Senate leadership will take a serious look at this proposal and not simply toss it to the dust heap of the Philippine Senate history.

I am sure to lose some friends and create more enemies in this 12th Congress. I am sure skeptics will taunt me and the cynics will mock me without end.

I remember BAYAN MUNA Party-list Representative Crispin Beltran, he who declared the lowest asset in the lower house at eighty-one thousand pesos, said in a media interview immediately after my position on the "pork barrel" issue first came out, and I quote, "mabuti pa si Lacson ay may ibang pinagkakakitaan na illegal. Paano naman kami na sa "pork barrel" lamang umaasa?" Realizing that what he said was an instant give-away, he paused and started to stutter. Another congressman commented that this representation would not need to make money from the "pork barrel" because supposedly, "I have a lot in some foreign banks."

Mr. President, if this is my misfortune, so be it. It is not the one I cannot possibly learn to live with.

Mr. President, I derive no pleasure in telling what I have told. I am sure many colleagues derive no pleasure in hearing what they just heard. But the people surely hate what they already know about.

It is time to bring the "pork barrel" system down. Or, we all go down under.

We can surely live without "pork." Certainly, there is life without it.

Thank you very much!

PD: i detest that^ guy.
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Post by: DreamWalker on Aug 20, 2013, 02:07 AM
4 pages of replies with only 2 votes, sa akin ung isa and malamang sa TS ung isa hehehe...

anyway, scrap it then ipambili ng barrel tapos ilagay don ung mga corrupt officials tapos ipaanod sa baha  :yoohoo:  :hihi:
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Post by: Prospera on Aug 20, 2013, 08:20 AM
Just added my vote to the poll!

Let's also support the call for a Senate inquiry on the pork-barrel scandal so the issues don't get sidelined-- and eventually forgotten:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/469493/recto-poe-to-call-for-probe-of-pork-scam (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/469493/recto-poe-to-call-for-probe-of-pork-scam)
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Post by: Wills on Aug 20, 2013, 09:16 AM
Freefront,

You don't like Lacson? can you elaborate pls? thank you
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: freefront on Aug 20, 2013, 10:56 AM
I can't tell you outright what he did but the b word for both genders applies to him. I don't know if it's just me? I have the feeling he is one of those people that caused a psychological crisis for us, as Filipinos. Maybe even for that institution called PMA. Or the concept of leadership, statesmanship or the lot of what manhood or being a soldier is supposed to be like. I remember a keen disappointment. Wasn't he the guy who dropped bombs about a lot of people and he didn't follow through? It felt like the police had gotten worse because he failed a lot of people in general. Me? I took it personally.

Maybe, the issue of pork barrel should become personal.............. I don't see an effective number of life rafts on TV right now............
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Post by: kobabear on Aug 20, 2013, 10:58 AM
4 pages of replies with only 2 votes, sa akin ung isa and malamang sa TS ung isa hehehe...

anyway, scrap it then ipambili ng barrel tapos ilagay don ung mga corrupt officials tapos ipaanod sa baha  :yoohoo:  :hihi:

I just added the poll yesterday. Keep on voting guys and let our voices be heard.   :yoohoo:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Wills on Aug 20, 2013, 11:14 AM
hhmm... ok
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 20, 2013, 12:48 PM

Outrage over pork barrel scandal, another EDSA?

From our homeland to North America’s shores, what has been denounced incessantly as a humongous reported scam — derived from taxpayers’ funds direly needed by the country’s length and breadth supposedly to be received through legislators from both houses of Congress — has emerged as a scandal of scandalous proportions elsewhere.

“Elsewhere” has been defined outside the Philippines. But ‘elsewhere’ has taken a different meaning via the Internet.

Ownership of luxury residences abroad is being traced to a last name associated with alleged pork barrel scandal. Non-existence of concocted non-government organizations (NGOs) no longer belongs to hearsay.

The pork barrel’s use and abuse stemmed from what was well-known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) which goes through a cyclic phenomenon, has now been the focus of investigation by both the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation.

Origins of the PDAF come from monies provided to members of Congress meant to be spent on “specific projects in their home districts.” As such, pork barrel projects have, through the years, become ‘easy targets’ of critics against wasteful spending by government.

Were one to ask a college-bound Filipino American from my gender whether or not she’d be on her ‘way,’ to educational pursuits without parental assistance and student loans, the answer would be a determined affirmation.

How would such a FilAm coed feel as she has learned, that one who is a self-proclaimed celebrity from the homeland has been living a life of luxury against the background of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles ritzy ‘exclusives,’ on allegedly procured ill-gotten funds from the Philippine population through bogus organizations?

The aforementioned was echoed by mothers whose daughters are U.S.-born and bred.
It is no longer talk: it has morphed into a scandal of ceaseless proportions that one daughter “intentionally crushed” the supposed celebrity world of the Los Angeles area, not to skip acres of ‘coverage.’ Through the Internet, photos went viral because of highly-sought and ‘acclaimed’ exposure by the same self-appointed “celebrity.” She not only gave a bad name to the striving Filipinas at home, but also to the Filipina the world over. Everyone decried what was viewed from the opulence, extravagantly displayed abroad, accompanied by lists of expenditures from designer names including properties acquired (in cash) that ran the gamut of residences and the world’s highest-priced vehicles.

News sources in our birthplace are outraged. Their collective ire knows no boundaries. The same voices were so aghast at the evident ‘negligence’ from both the executive and legislative branches of government.

This writer was challenged: “If you’ve been looking for outrage happening that tops what are already outrageous, nothing can beat the ‘10B Scam.’”

Whatever scams have been perpetuated in the past pale in comparison to that 10B bogus NGO Scam.

Exponents of the law should not waste time in the investigation required for such reported anomalies. Those pork barrel funds already handed out, already given to the legislators, demand immediate investigation.

Is it just going to be one of live-and-learn for the legislators? The Filipino people demand immediate action. Brush-offs should not take place.

Funds received by legislators should have gone immediately to the needs of infrastructure, schools, clinics and places where the immediate needs of the less fortunate could be acted upon.

Loreto F.R., a just-retired school administrator expressed indignation at the perpetrators of the non-existent NGOs responsible for the kind of extravagant living “exported” to the U.S.

“Don’t all those participants feel shame?” was her comment. She just retired from De La Salle University; she is now a volunteer to those who have tutorial needs in the three R’s. Along with another colleague, Loreto said the people should rise in protest in denunciation of the way pork barrel funds have been brazenly used. - The FilAm

A Million People Protest is currently being organized for August 26 in front of the Luneta Grandstand. Filipinos in the Philippines and also those in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco are organizing the rally called “Isang Milyon Martsa sa Luneta.” The rally will ask that the pork barrel be scrapped and that the legislators involved be investigated and charged accordingly. — Editor


http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/322770/pinoyabroad/kwentongkapuso/kwentong-kapuso-outrage-over-pork-barrel-scandal-another-edsa?ref=section_latest
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Post by: vicces on Aug 20, 2013, 01:01 PM
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theme song:

Gusto ko ng baboy - Radioactive Sago Project

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ33Iosz_hA‎ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ33Iosz_hA‎)

***

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P2.157 billion... ilang speedboats at helicopter na mabibili nyan pangrescue twing may kalamidad..di na din kailangan manghingi ng donasyon para sa relief goods...

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Post by: yllor on Aug 20, 2013, 02:00 PM
ang yaman ng Pilipinas... mga piling politiko lang ang nangwawaldas..

hindi pa pwedeng direkta na lang ibigay ng national government sa mga municipality para naman yung mga mayor ang makinabang? :hihi:

pwede bang ipunin na lang at pambayad sa panlabas na utang ng Pilipinas; kaso wala serbisyo sa tao at mamamayan... walang pag-unlad para sa mga mamamayan..

o mas magandang bantayan na lang ang ating mga namumuno at meron palaging audit sa pinagkakagastusan ng PDAF ng bawat isa sa gobyerno...

at sana hindi tayo sasama sa mga kabuktutan ng mga ibang politiko...
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Post by: Wills on Aug 20, 2013, 02:33 PM
LangYa ang titigas ng mukha! Dapat magkaroon ng malawakang rally!
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Post by: toymrs on Aug 20, 2013, 02:54 PM
Dapat firing squad sa Luneta yang mga nang abuso sa pork barrel!

Ang mahirap nyan malamang mamatay na lang itong issue na 'to na walang nananagot at nangyayari...
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: vicces on Aug 20, 2013, 03:03 PM
Boom!

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Post by: Prospera on Aug 21, 2013, 06:50 AM

Sama na!

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/470567/million-people-march-vs-pork-spreads-like-arab-spring (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/470567/million-people-march-vs-pork-spreads-like-arab-spring)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Wills on Aug 21, 2013, 10:42 AM
Sabi daw ni bong revilla  eh kung hindi daw siya magaartista saan daw niya kukunin pangpakain sa pamilya niya dahil maliit daw sahod ng senador.
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Post by: kobabear on Aug 21, 2013, 01:12 PM
Jinggoy: Please be careful with my taxes

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 21, 2013 - 12:00am


Dear Sen. Jinggoy: I have covered many politicians in the course of my journalism career and I thought nothing will shock me about what politicians are capable of doing.

But I was wrong. I was shocked and angered by this pork barrel scam. I know you are as jaded as I am about how things are done in this country. But this one is of such shocking proportion, its brazenness and the tens of billions of pesos lost, that one can’t help being scandalized and incensed.

 Last Saturday, you added insult to injury…


http://www.philstar.com/business/2013/08/21/1113271/jinggoy-please-be-careful-my-taxes
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Post by: moncorp on Aug 21, 2013, 03:38 PM
Try nyong tangalin ang government para wala nang pork barrel! Tagal nang issue nyan eh.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: darkknight on Aug 21, 2013, 05:32 PM
SCRAP THE PORK BARREL. Please include to abolish "SENATE & CONGRESS " to stop C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N !!!!
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Post by: GoodSteward on Aug 21, 2013, 05:57 PM
http://www.fashionpulis.com/2013/08/congresswoman-lani-mercado-revillas.html

Tsktsk...
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Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Aug 22, 2013, 03:03 AM
Arroyo chose 'who, how much PDAF to give’
By Gil C. Cabacungan, Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 22nd, 2013

The pork barrel—public money for the pet projects of legislators—has become even more portly under the Aquino administration, the budget secretary of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Wednesday. Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya said the P70 million and P200 million in yearly pork barrel allocations for representatives and senators, respectively, were “institutionalized” in the national budget when President Aquino took over Malacañang. Andaya said such quotas were just guides during the time of the Arroyo administration.

“President Arroyo could choose who and how much to give to each congressman or senator which explains why some have more than others in the COA (Commission on Audit) report. But under this administration, everybody gets the P70 million or P200 million every year,” Andaya said in a phone interview. The pork barrel is officially called the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), formerly the Countrywide Development Fund.

Norm since 15th Congress

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the P70 million in PDAF for a member of the House of Representatives and P200 million for a senator was adopted as the norm beginning in the 15th Congress. “We just wanted to put an end to the inggitan (envy) among lawmakers. At least everyone gets their share no more, no less. Dati may tampuhan pa kasi ’yung mas malakas, mas malaki (Before there was displeasure because those who were close [to Malacañang] got bigger amounts.),” said Abad. For the lawmakers whose allocations were withheld in the 15th Congress, such as those for the two sons of Arroyo, their share of the PDAF was sent directly to their districts.

Up by almost a third

While the national budget increased 29 percent from P1.4 trillion in 2009 to P1.8 trillion in 2012, the PDAF swelled 267 percent to P24.24 billion in 2012—the year Congress ousted former Chief Justice Renato Corona, and passed sin-tax reform and reproductive health bills.
During this period, the pork barrel of senators surged 67 percent to P4.14 billion in 2012 from P2.48 billion. The amount was peanuts compared with the share of the House of Representatives that saw its pork barrel allocation growing nearly five times to P20.10 billion in 2012 from P4.12 billion in 2009. Party-list representatives alone were allocated P3.66 billion in 2012, or 829 percent more than the P393.85 million that was set aside for them as a group in 2009.

Arroyo spending more

The COA special audit, however, would show that Arroyo was already spending more than the 2012 pork-spending level in the last few years of her administration during which she faced impeachment cases and congressional probes of projects tainted with corruption.
The COA said the “soft” and “hard” projects funded by pork funds totaled P79.88 billion, or an average of P26.63 billion a year in 2007-2009. The amount did not include the P69.62 billion that the COA said was released for the hard projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) during the period but lacked the records to show the legislators who sponsored them. Soft projects include the procurement of seeds and support for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), while hard projects refer to road, bridges, schools and other infrastructure.

Aquino system ‘better’

Abad said the system adopted by the Aquino administration was better than Arroyo’s because it made the pork barrel releases more transparent because it discouraged “congressional insertions” (in which representatives lobbied agencies for more projects in their districts during budget hearings). The timely approval of the budget under the Aquino administration ensured more fiscal discipline than during the previous administration, Abad said.

DSWD as gatekeeper

Andaya acknowledged that the failure to enact the budget on time during the Arroyo years had given Malacañang the final say on how to use the savings or unused allocations in the new fiscal year. For 2014, the Aquino administration has earmarked P27 billion in pork barrel in the P2.27-trillion national budget, with the DSWD designated as the gatekeeper of releases to all nongovernment organizations (NGOs).

Fake NGOs

The COA special audit showed that the DSWD itself was lax in accrediting and monitoring PDAF releases as it allowed fake NGOs to handle P2.47 billion in soft pork from 2007 to 2009. The fake NGO racket has flourished beyond the Arroyo administration. Whistle-blowers Benhur Luy and Merlina Suñas claimed that dummy NGOs controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles had transactions with the same implementing agencies cited in the COA report as late as last year.

Derived from: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/471659/arroyo-chose-who-how-much-pdaf-to-give (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/471659/arroyo-chose-who-how-much-pdaf-to-give)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 22, 2013, 07:55 AM
Kasi naman, importanateng tandaan ninyo mga pangalan nila at siguraduhing matalo sila sa election.  hindi ba masmabilis at simple lang gawin yun keysa sasampahan ninyo ng kaso kung kalian nasa pwesto na. mabusisi at mahirap at kung barumbadong hoodlum magisip ipapatay ka pa. 

Sayang, kung napaaga lang ang expose na ito bago yung May election natin sigurado buburahin natin ang karamihan sa kanila sa pwesto.    hirap din kasi maraming illiterate voter talaga biro mo mga katulad ni arroyo at pamilya nila pagkatapos ng napakadaming na bulgar na anomaly nanalo parin.  Hindi kasi nagiisip!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 22, 2013, 07:56 AM
Scam, no! PDAF a ‘mafia’of executive & legislature


Here's an excerpt from PCIJ's excellent big-picture account of the evil pork barrel system that goes way beyond Janet Napoles's scam:

"The failure of the pork system to deliver on its promise of equity and growth in the farthermost towns can thus be nothing less than a conspiracy of many parties and failures — the preponderance of highly discretionary lump-sum funds, the rule of pork as “historical justice” to political friends and foes, less than rigid monitoring and oversight by public agencies of NGOs being engaged to roll out pork projects and services, and sheer and simple greed by those who would pocket money, whatever its color and purpose is.

And if the “big, big mafia” and “syndicate” that the pork barrel system has become looks like it will linger for much longer, it would be because the President and his political allies want it to stay.

The problems are grand but the solutions simple: get the big fish, not just the small fry, for gross corruption, abolish pork, and do away with other lump-sum and special purpose funds."

For the full story, go to http://pcij.org/stories/scam-no-pdaf-a-mafia-of-executive-legislature/ (http://pcij.org/stories/scam-no-pdaf-a-mafia-of-executive-legislature/)

Sa Lunes sa Luneta! Sama na!
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Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 22, 2013, 07:58 AM
http://www.fashionpulis.com/2013/08/congresswoman-lani-mercado-revillas.html

Tsktsk...




Congresswoman Lani Mercado-Revilla's Controversial Statement on the Pork Barrel





With the barrage of Janet Lim - Napoles scandals and the peoples's rage staring at us in the face for the last few weeks, here comes another "pasabog" statement that will make everyone cringe and disheartened, especially for her constituents who voted for her.

 Two-termer Cavite 2nd District Congresswoman and actress, Lani Mercado-Revilla is being attacked for her bold and heartless statements when asked of her reactions about scrapping the controversial pork barrel of Senators and Congressmen.




"Basta huwag lang manghihingi sa amin ang mga tao!"

“Hindi naman puwede yung sa pinaghihirapan namin dahil sa personal naman namin yun, sa mga anak, sa mga pang-araw-araw na panggastos namin."




 Needless to say, those words that speak volumes were directed at her constituents and supporters who voted for her.

 The Napoles controversy has been a daily series of exposes that have both drowned and drawn violent reactions from the angry public amid accusations at politicians and other public figures being linked to the biggest scandal to ever hit the country this year.

 Where is Congresswoman Lani Revilla's strong statement coming from?

 Reportedly, the scandal linking her family has taken its toll on its members who are mostly in current government positions: Husband Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr, son Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla and herself. Another son, Bryan Revilla is also linked as business partner of Napoles son
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Post by: kobabear on Aug 22, 2013, 12:00 PM
Unless we grow and mature as educated voters, this system will perpetuate. Popularity and money is still the name of the game in RP politics. You never see the likes of Michael Jordan running for public office in the US jusst to ride his popularity. I admire, Dolphy. When a reporter asked him why he's not running for public office, he replied:

" paano kung manalo ako" . HUMUROUS, TRUE and RESPONSIBLE guy.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Wills on Aug 22, 2013, 12:51 PM
Unless we grow and mature as educated voters, this system will perpetuate. Popularity and money is still the name of the game in RP politics. You never see the likes of Michael Jordan running for public office in the US jusst to ride his popularity. I admire, Dolphy. When a reporter asked him why he's not running for public office, he replied:

" paano kung manalo ako" . HUMUROUS, TRUE and RESPONSIBLE guy.

Haha! nice one kobabear!
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Post by: blacknaz21 on Aug 22, 2013, 01:25 PM
Most of us wants to abolish PDAF or Pork Barrel. Maybe we can help by signing in the petitions to abolish it. There are a lot of petitions for the same and the list of links below are most of them. :coffee:

SIGN THE VARIOUS PETITIONS ON CHANGE.ORG
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/philippine-senators-and-congressmen-enough-of-pdaf-scrap-the-pork-barrel-now
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/president-of-the-philippines-abolish-the-pork-barrel-pdaf-funds-for-a-corrupt-free-philippines
https://www.change.org/petitions/suspend-the-implementation-of-the-priority-development-assistance-fund-pdaf-immediately
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/to-the-president-of-the-republic-of-philippines-and-philippine-congress-abolish-pork-barrel-pdaf
https://www.change.org/petitions/the-office-of-the-ombudsman-conduct-an-impartial-investigation-of-the-grave-misuse-of-the-pdaf-3
https://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/philippine-senators-and-congressmen-enough-of-pdaf-scrap-the-pork-barrel-now
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-philippine-government-senate-congress-alisin-ang-pondo-ng-priority-development-assistance-fund-pdaf
http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/people-of-the-philippines-calling-pnoy-to-create-a-body-to-investigate-the-p10b-pork-barrel-scam
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-republic-of-the-philippines-abolish-the-pork-barrel-system-in-our-local-politics
https://www.change.org/petitions/the-filipino-people-don-t-rest-until-the-pork-barrel-scammers-are-found
http://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/philippine-congress-abolish-pork-barrel
http://www.change.org/petitions/luis-antonio-cardinal-tagle-and-all-bishops-in-the-philippines-cooperate-with-official-probe-into-pork-barrel-scam
http://www.change.org/petitions/all-religious-denominations-all-schools-all-ngo-s-stop-the-pork-barrel-pdf-of-senators-congressmen
http://www.change.org/ProbePDAFScam
http://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/abolish-the-presidential-pork-barrel-funds
http://www.change.org/petitions/pangulong-benigno-aquino-iii-buwagin-ninyo-ang-pork-barrel-sa-lalong-madaling-panahon-2
https://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/president-aquino-abolish-the-pork-barrel
https://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/pnoy-at-lahat-na-may-pork-barrel-funds-transparency-on-pork-barrel-thru-website-for-proposals-undertakers?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petit
http://www.change.org/petitions/philippine-supreme-court-philippine-congress-filipino-people-icj-and-un-full-implementation-of-the-phl-constitution-article-ii-section-26
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Post by: kobabear on Aug 22, 2013, 05:49 PM




Santiago says ex-fugitive Lacson unfit to handle pork probe

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday scoffed at the idea that former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson – a former policeman and a “self-interested” politician whom she repeatedly called as “Pinky Lacson”- would help investigate the pork barrel scam.

Gumaganda ang boxing.. :boxing:

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/472249/santiago-says-ex-fugitive-lacson-unfit-to-handle-pork-probe#ixzz2cgqceEOl
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Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 22, 2013, 07:32 PM
Source: facebook.com/anonymousagainstpdaf fashionpulis.com




Napoles' Family Contact information and addresses we're revealed and made public by PH hackers appeals to fellow tech gurus to hack Napoles' accounts and break into these emails so everything we need to know can be found there..

 Janet Napoles +63917 846 8420 +63917 525 0034 +632 636 5388 (land phone) +632 687 4009 (land phone)
 Jaime “Jimmy” Napoles +63917 525 4168 +63917 832 7005
 James Lim Napoles +63917 526 4168
 John Lim +63920 952 5288 +63917 528 5288
 Jo Christine Napoles (USA Phone number) 714 886 3000
 Jeane Napoles (USA Phone Number) 714 878 7875 949 748 3635
 Reynaldo “Jojo” Luy (USA Phone Number) 951 256 7152
 Other numbers: +63917 813 4168 +63917 527 4168 +63917 847 6595

 uy.c.jeane@gmail.com mrs.napoles@gmail.com tinapoles@gmail.com queenxtin@gmail.com niceonechoi@yahoo.com mrs.napoles@gmail.com phantomjim@icloud.com jeane.napoles@gmail.com cowboy12@gmail.com rluy@sbcglobal.net ronaldflim168@yahoo.com

 These are their residential addresses in the US and you can see an aerial view on Google Earth and Google Maps by putting the address on the search bar: - 900 West Olympic Boulevard LA, CA 90015-1338 - 32 Wedgewood Irvine CA 92620 - 2801 Main Street Apt. 259 Irvine CA 92614 - 6810 Edinburgh Road Corona CA 92880

 FROM Anonymous
 August 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm
 It has been a long and tiring ordeal for us to become Anonymous. Should Napoles escape Discovery or Shangrila amidst the heavy downpour, Filipinos should be asking Jun Pareno of Discovery Suites. Jun should know where they are hiding. Jun does all the hotel bookings and events of Janet including the once a year party of all her congressmen and senators at the top floor of the hotel. If you don’t locate Jun Pareno, then you should question Jejomar Binay, he also know where the Napoleses are. Their fraternity is strong and united, the Alpha Phi Omega and its junior arm, Scout Royal Brotherhood. They will die defending their brothers – even if their brods are the most wanted thieves in the country. If they want to die defending their brods, so be it and let the whole country decide. Let us not forget that Honasan is also brother in arms of Jaime Napoles at RAM. Ask Pareno and/or Binay – they both know the location of the whole family of Napoles. Lastly, Napoles’ business could have not survived without the members of the congress and senators who stole tax payers money.They are as guilty as Napoles. All of them deserve to die. Of course we want a peaceful protest in Luneta, let us not expect that there will be change in the following years or decades if this is how we fight thieves in power.

 We, as Anonymous individuals sacrificed a lot the past few weeks. We put the lives of our families in danger, our loved ones and our friends. They tried to locate us, but they have failed. It was a deadly game of hide and seek. We approached no one, only these blogs and the internet. We asked for help to nobody because no one can be trusted. And when we say NO ONE can be trusted, ALL of them cannot be trusted.

 We do not have powers to know everything. We only know few things, but the things we wrote here were all vital and served as a key to unlock the mystery of how graft and corruption works at the very core of our government that no one dared to explain in a public forum. If you dont find Napoles in Ortigas, we are not stopping you from going to your demonstration on the 26th. We might also be there, with the crowds, but you will never know that it is us because we don’t want recognition or fame or wealth. We just have the information to show the world that we have been deceived and robbed by our own money from the past decade and they deserve nothing less than death. No, not jail time. It should be death. Death to all of them.

 We are now going to give the public the email addresses, phone numbers and addresses of some members of the Napoles family. There are plenty of online hacktivist here, maybe it will be faster for them to hack their accounts and locate their iPhones. We do not have all the methods and ways to break into their accounts, but in a collective effort of our nation, we can break into these emails and EVERYTHING we need to know can be found here.

 These are their email accounts: uy.c.jeane@gmail.com mrs.napoles@gmail.com tinapoles@gmail.com queenxtin@gmail.com niceonechoi@yahoo.com mrs.napoles@gmail.com phantomjim@icloud.com jeane.napoles@gmail.com cowboy12@gmail.com rluy@sbcglobal.net ronaldflim168@yahoo.com

 All these emails are verified, valid and working addresses. You can exploit these emails by inviting them to have a chat with you, send them emails, reach out to them to surrender, track them by cracking their email passwords or, just simply tell them that they should f*ck their selves until they die.

 These are their Philippine office and main residential addresses: 635 San Isidro St. Ayala Alabang Muntinlupa 2502 discovery center 25 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center Pasig City South Garden Unit Pacific Plaza Towers Taguig

 These are their residential addresses in the US and you can see an aerial view on Google Earth and Google Maps by putting the address on the search bar: - 900 West Olympic Boulevard LA, CA 90015-1338 - 32 Wedgewood Irvine CA 92620 - 2801 Main Street Apt. 259 Irvine CA 92614 - 6810 Edinburgh Road Corona CA 92880

 These are the telephone numbers. You can try adding and saving their numbers on your mobile devices and if you have WhatsAPP, Viber, WeChat and LINE, some of the numbers listed here will automatically show if they are listed on the said messaging applications. That will give us a whole new flexibility to communicate with Janet et al. in a faster and efficient manner. (We wonder why DOJ and NBI has not thought of that):

 Janet Napoles +63917 846 8420 +63917 525 0034 +632 636 5388 (land phone) +632 687 4009 (land phone)

 Jaime “Jimmy” Napoles +63917 525 4168 +63917 832 7005

 James Lim Napoles +63917 526 4168

 John Lim +63920 952 5288 +63917 528 5288

 Jo Christine Napoles (USA Phone number) 714 886 3000

 Jeane Napoles (USA Phone Number) 714 878 7875 949 748 3635

 Reynaldo “Jojo” Luy (USA Phone Number) 951 256 7152

 Other numbers: +63917 813 4168 +63917 527 4168 +63917 847 6595

 Our jobs as Anonymous are now done. We have given so much, we almost lost our lives in the process. We also believe that if the DOJ and NBI is “truly” doing its job, we have surely done more legwork than them. Interestingly, many of you suggest that we and I, the Anonymous, should apprehend the Napoleses. If you haven’t seen or met their family yet, they are all physically fit, protected by a security team of former army personnel that always carry automatic sub machine guns and various calibers of pistols, both .9mm, .40 and .45 and, each family member also carries their own concealed firearm. Yes, Jeane Napoles, the one that had a lavish party in Beverly Hills also carries and shoots pistols and rifles. We cannot apprehend them alone even if we wanted to. Why don’t we inform law enforcement agencies? How can you trust an institution serving an arrest warrant only to announce it first in media before making an arrest? For these reasons, we leave the judgment call to the public – to all of you to decide.

 To some people who accuse us that everything we say are all false, then definitely they know more than us and they should prove us wrong and tell us what they truly know. We also deserve to know their own version of “truth”, we are also citizens of this country and that does not make our rights lesser than any of you. So if you think that we are lying, you can be Anonymous too and tell us everything you know. To everyone who keep on asking why dont we present ourselves together with our evidences? Simple.

 You do not need to see our materials and it does not matter anymore at this point. You want proof? Tumingin tayo sa paligid natin. May nagbago ba? Wala. Lugmok pa din tayong lahat sa kahirapan. At sila na nasa kongreso at senado ay lumalangoy sa pera at karangyaan. Sila ang ebidensya namin. At ang kahirapan ng Pilipinas ang produkto ng pagnanakaw nila.

 We support any protests and movements against organised theft. But keep in mind, with a very complex issue like this, it can never be resolved through peaceful means. You can never stop a number of thieves carrying guns and knives from stealing by staying peaceful and calmly telling them to stop. All of them are taking hundreds of millions of pesos EVERY week. They will kill anyone who will try to stop them. Our protest march would be like a piece of paper trying to stop whole rounds of bullets. And to whom are we going to ask for help? From the very people and institution who are stealing from us?

 Sa buwis na binayad mo sa gobyerno ngayong buwan na ito, gumaan at gumanda ba ang buhay mo bilang Pilipino? Ikaw lamang ang makakasagot niyan.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Wills on Aug 22, 2013, 07:42 PM
^ yun oh!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: john_vito287 on Aug 22, 2013, 08:12 PM
PDAF is basically a check and balance measure in implementing projects in which should be handle by the senators and congressman. Because the executive branch is implementing almost 80% percent of the total national budget, so for the purpose of helping in the implementation  especially in a fast track way Pork barrel is released. The purpose itself is good but the implementation and due to the greediness of our public officials it is now in vain. I will vote with its retention but there must be a law that will cater the proper disbursement of funds,on what specific project,cost, time frame of implementation and when its done a respective body will check the project in itself. In this way the project will be guarded from the very start until finish. Afterall its the responsibility of the voting public who entrust their votes to these crocodiles in the position who don't have other goal but for their welfare and not for the welfare of the public.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 23, 2013, 07:39 AM

9th whistle-blower vs Napoles surfaces
Witness claims she saw payoffs to lawmakers

By Nancy C. Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:02 am | Friday, August 23rd, 2013


The latest on the Janet Napoles scam saga:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/472591/9th-whistle-blower-vs-napoles-surfaces (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/472591/9th-whistle-blower-vs-napoles-surfaces)


Read it and weep...





Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 23, 2013, 08:29 AM
Sen. Revilla himself verified pork barrel transaction signatures – COA


August 22, 2013 11:30pm



The Commission on Audit is perplexed why Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla has sought the help of a handwriting expert to determine the authenticity of the signatures on Revilla's pork barrel releases.



"Senator Revilla is saying now that it is fake? Pero nung humingi kami ng confirmation sa kanya, he confirmed the authenticity of the signatures of his representative,” said COA chairperson Grace Pulido Tan in a “24 Oras” report. “We have everything in writing.”



“Seriously,” she emphasized.



Revilla is one of the lawmakers implicated in the pork barrel scam in which Priority Development Assistance Funds were allegedly funneled to dubious or bogus Non-Government Organizations in exchange for hefty kickbacks.

But he has consistently denied any involvement in the scam, denied knowing the scam's alleged mastermind, and now denies that the signatures on his pork barrel releases are genuine.

According to a comprehensive COA report, Revilla sent P503.69 million of his pork barrel to eight questionable NGOs from 2007 to 2009.

Two of these NGOs were managed by the scam's whistleblower, Benhur Luy, who has accused businesswoman and now fugitive suspect Janet Lim-Napoles of being the ringleader of the alleged fraud.

"Kasi ang mga dokumento sa NGOs na namin nakuha. So ibinalik na namin sa kanila. Pinakita pa ho namin. Ito po ba ang pirma niya? Ganun po ang audit," Tan explained.

Revilla could not be reached for comment as of posting time, but he did, on Wednesday, release a statement through his legal counsel denying any irregularities in his pork-barrel releases.

According to the COA's latest report, the pork barrel scam, from 2007 to 2009, involved some P6.156-billion in pork barrel monies from close to 200 lawmakers, and 82 mostly bogus NGOs.

Around 10 of these NGOs were linked to Napoles, who has denied all accusations. Napoles has so far evaded a warrant of arrest issued by a Makati court for a serious illegal detention charge. — Marc Jayson Cayabyab/DVM, GMA News
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: darkknight on Aug 23, 2013, 11:03 AM
Baka akala ni Bong Revilla e teleserye itong nangyayari ngayun with regards to pork barrel scam at papalit -palit sya ng script.hehehe
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Wills on Aug 23, 2013, 11:09 AM
^^ HAHAHAHAHA
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Aug 23, 2013, 12:00 PM
maygadddddddd!!! sariling pirma mo hindi mo kilala?!@#$%  :D

I do suggest that senators (and congressmen) who are known to be "not-so-blessed" with decent (and better) intelligence should hire the best minds available to assist them in their key activities/transactions, para naman hindi sila mapasama at mapahiya.

Getting elected to the post is one thing, acting/performing the position is another thing.

 :watchuthink:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: palailai on Aug 23, 2013, 12:26 PM
retain the pork barrel fund but reduce the amount to only 50 Million for congressman and 100 Million for senator..restriction for scholarship, building school, medical assistance only..
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: freefront on Aug 23, 2013, 01:05 PM
Mid-day live telecast from Malacanang: PDAF will be abolished. To be replaced by a yet to be crafted replacement with check and balance mechanism. No more temporary and "soft" projects.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: mikoangelo on Aug 23, 2013, 01:18 PM
PNoy: Time to abolish the pork barrel.

MANILA - President Aquino on Friday said it is now time to abolish the priority development assistance funds (PDAF) or the pork barrel system in the aftermath of the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam.

"Panahon na po para i-abolish ang PDAF," he said.

He said the Palace will craft a new mechanism to meet the needs of various sectors in a way that is transparent and fair. He said each sector will get a fair share of the national budget for health, scholarships, livelihoods and local infrastructure.

"Ngayon, bubuo tayo ng bagong mekanismo upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng inyong mga mamamayan at sektor--sa paraang tapat, gamit ang tama at makatuwirang proseso, at nang may sapat na mga kalasag laban sa pang-aabuso at katiwalian," he said.

He said government funds will no longer be coursed to non-government organizations and government-owned and controlled corporations that were used in the pork barrel scam.

He said funding for consumable "soft" projects such as fertilizer, seeds, medical kits, false teeth and training materials will now be prohibited.
Aquino said the government will strictly enforce public bidding for various projects.
 
Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte were beside the President when he made the announcement.
 
The President made the announcement ahead of an anti-pork barrel rally on Monday. The movement, which started on social media, has gotten an overwhelming response from civil society groups.
 
In the press briefing, Aquino said he wants cases to be filed against officials linked to the P10 billion PDAF scam.
 
He also said he does not agree with Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile's proposal to scrap all pork barrel allocations and lump sum allocations, saying some funds cannot be itemized.
 
"In principle maganda sana yun kaya lang kunwari calamity fund. Paano mo i-a-itemize at the beginning of the year yung paggagastusan ng calamity fund dahil wala pa yung bagyo, wala pa yung lindol, wala pa yung sakuna? Yung contingency fund, kaya nga tinawag na contingency dahil hindi pwedeng i-program yung pangyayari," he said.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/23/13/pnoy-time-abolish-pork-barrel (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/23/13/pnoy-time-abolish-pork-barrel)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: mikoangelo on Aug 23, 2013, 01:21 PM
The Napoles Story: So the entire Philippines will know

http://globalbalita.com/2013/08/21/the-napoles-story-so-the-entire-philippines-will-know/ (http://globalbalita.com/2013/08/21/the-napoles-story-so-the-entire-philippines-will-know/)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 24, 2013, 07:18 AM
 :rofl: :rofl:


Netizens pig out on new names for pork: Holdaf, Nacaw, Badaf, Cupit etc.

Read more: http://technology.inquirer.net/28547/netizens-pig-out-on-new-names-for-pork-holdaf-nacaw-badaf-cupit-etc#ixzz2cpvttGQ5 (http://technology.inquirer.net/28547/netizens-pig-out-on-new-names-for-pork-holdaf-nacaw-badaf-cupit-etc#ixzz2cpvttGQ5)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: mikoangelo on Aug 24, 2013, 10:18 AM
https://www.facebook.com/events/406846762761075/ (https://www.facebook.com/events/406846762761075/)

-- LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT !!! ----
1. Tuloy ang Million People March
Sa Luneta Grandstand, 9am-2pm
2. We were heard but we want him to listen.
We have more to say.
- ABOLISH PORK BARREL
- WE DEMAND TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

----------------------------------------------

TARA LET'S DO THE MILLION PEOPLE MARCH TO LUNETA! AUGUST 26, ARAW NG MGA BAYANI

WE, THE TAXPAYERS, WANT:
1. THE PORK BARREL SCRAPPED.
2. THE SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN IN THE PORK BARREL FUND SCAM INVESTIGATED AND CHARGED ACCORDINGLY, WITH FULL MEDIA COVERAGE FOR THE PEOPLE TO SEE.

HOW: With a massive "pocket picnic" get together

WHEN: 26 August 2013, 9am

WHERE: In front of the LUNETA Grandstand

COLOR: ANY COLOR YOU CHOOSE, NOT DICTATED BY ANYONE OR ANY GROUP.

STATUS/MEME/TWEET: I am *NAME* PINOY ako. I pay my taxes, on-time & in-full. YOU, my government, owe me a full explanation. @ProtestaNgBayan

HASHTAG:#TayoAngBoss #OnePinoy #MillionPeopleMarch #ProtestaNgBayan

No group banners. No political colors. No Speeches.
Just ALL OF US ordinary, tax-paying people showing GOV'T THEY ANSWER TO US. TAYO ANG BOSS DITO.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Usman on Aug 24, 2013, 10:38 AM
Scrap PDAF!

Pass FOI Bill!

Cleanse the Government!

Improve people's lives!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: darkknight on Aug 24, 2013, 12:02 PM
Surely I'll be there...COUNT me In !!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: vicces on Aug 24, 2013, 12:16 PM
punta din ako.

yung puro reklamo dito sana pumunta din. yung nasa abroad, make your anger felt online sa fb, twitter, instagram, etc... #millionpeoplemarch #porkbarrelscam
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: mikoangelo on Aug 24, 2013, 12:20 PM
^ppssstt,hanapin kita dun....nood ako sa tv... :laugh:

di naman daw ako nag babayad ng taxt kaya di daw dapat ako sumama..kaya wag na din kayong magbayad ng tax   :D
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: vicces on Aug 24, 2013, 12:29 PM
may VAT mga produktong binibili ng pamilya mo, amilyar, saka sales tax sa stocks mo.. :hihi:

madali akong makikita dun, hanapin mo lang ung may six pack, ng yakult..
#OkKBTyan
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: mikoangelo on Aug 24, 2013, 01:11 PM
may VAT mga produktong binibili ng pamilya mo, amilyar, saka sales tax sa stocks mo.. :hihi:

madali akong makikita dun, hanapin mo lang ung may six pack, ng yakult..
#OkKBTyan


Booooo.... :thumbsdow

Maki Baboy!!.....Wag matakot!!!!....  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-signs091.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

Ang di pumunta pangit....

Ang di pumunta baboy... :p

Kasama nalang ako s audience impact .... audien lang pala kasi nag iisa  :hihi:

#OnePinoy#MillionPeopleMarch #TayoAngBoss

 :think: hanapin ko yung naka  necktie dun...tie lang walang polo....
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 24, 2013, 01:29 PM
miko, eyeball daw sila vicces at ep-ep sa may istatwa ng kalabaw :-D
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 24, 2013, 01:49 PM
Baka mahirapan kayong hanapin yang kalabaw na yan.

Nag-mutate na as Porky Pig  :applause:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: vicces on Aug 24, 2013, 01:52 PM

 :think: hanapin ko yung naka  necktie dun...tie lang walang polo....

(http://cdn02.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/headlines/2012/09/channing-tatum-magic-mike-sequel-details-revealed.jpg)

#NOTOPORK

miko, eyeball daw sila vicces at ep-ep sa may istatwa ng kalabaw :-D
pssst.. baka wala na yung kalabaw dun.. nagwalkout.. OP daw sya...

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: mikoangelo on Aug 24, 2013, 02:01 PM
miko, eyeball daw sila vicces at ep-ep sa may istatwa ng kalabaw :-D

istatwa ng kalabaw??

may alm akong ganyan pero nasa urdaneta yun e  :laugh:

papa vic, pa touch ng AB mo....
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 24, 2013, 02:28 PM
Even if the pork is abolished or just changed into something else with hopefully a very reliable check and balance.


Kahit natangal na talaga ang PDAF gusto ko parin mawala sa pwesto yung sangkot sa scam at hindi madadaan na kunwari sangayon na sila sa pagabolished nito tulad ni ENRILE etc.  Sana magtulungan ang Pilipino ngayon na siguraduhing sila at mga pamilya nila na tatakbo sa susunod na halalan ay matalo at maubos pera (ninakaw na pera) sa mga gastos.  Mas sigurado yan kaysa aasa ka na magbabago ang ugali ng isang buwaya. 
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 24, 2013, 05:26 PM
Credit to our politicians' ingenuity on how they find ways to circumvent the law.

Abangan.....

PDAF 2: Croc Cakes...mas malala to
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: FFreedom3 on Aug 24, 2013, 10:14 PM
Pork barrel stays in 2014 budget, says Abad

MANILA, Philipines—President Benigno Aquino’s decision to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) will not immediately result in the scrapping of the pork barrel allocations for members of Congress  in the proposed P2.268-trillion national budget for next year.


http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/473637/pork-barrel-stays-in-2014-budget-says-abad (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/473637/pork-barrel-stays-in-2014-budget-says-abad)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: freefront on Aug 25, 2013, 01:33 AM
^This is going to be a long drawn battle, isn't it? How come nobody seems to consider this as a factor in how our market will move in the coming weeks? #Prez made the live telecast about lunchbreak last Friday

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: FFreedom3 on Aug 25, 2013, 06:45 AM
^This is going to be a long drawn battle, isn't it? How come nobody seems to consider this as a factor in how our market will move in the coming weeks? #Prez made the live telecast about lunchbreak last Friday

Maybe we are caught off guard regarding this PDAF issue. If Pnoy doesnt know how to handle this .. in the coming days we will see the short term effects in our Market.

Here's another corruption issue from an international source.

@2:10 Karen Hudes (former employee of World Bank) says: "....in another case, I was reporting corruption in The Philippines. NINE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS (US$900,000,000.00) worth of money that should have gone to fight poverty in The Philippines instead went to a corrupt man, LUCIO TAN, who was in default of his loans. (The) Philippine National Bank went into default....."

Video: Credit to the Owner

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=712814785400649 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=712814785400649)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: gogoypmt on Aug 25, 2013, 11:10 AM
Ang Porky or PDAF hindi naman mawawala yan dahil sa Budget kuno. Ang kailangan dito FOI at Open sa transaction kung sino kukuha nung Budget at saan gagamitin. Daily mag lagay sila sa TV ng update ng Projects at Gastusin or sa mga Website nila. Itemize nila at walang pabor pabor kung allies or opposition as long na welfare ng Tao. Pero trabaho ng Executive kasi yan mga Projects, and mga legislators ay iba naman.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 25, 2013, 06:56 PM

Netizens pig out on new names for pork: Holdaf, Nacaw, Badaf, Cupit etc.

Read more: http://technology.inquirer.net/28547/netizens-pig-out-on-new-names-for-pork-holdaf-nacaw-badaf-cupit-etc#ixzz2cyeSXNOk
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MANILA, Philippines—Rage and LOL—that is, laugh out loud.

If the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is to be renamed, what should it be called?

Never short of ideas, a number of Internet users yesterday proposed new names for the controversial “pork barrel” fund.

Former journalist Carlos Conde, who uses the name @carloshconde, suggested it be called  Holistic Lawmaking for Development of All Filipinos (Holdaf).

“National Account for Countrywide Administrative Welfare,” or Nacaw, Twitter user @SamYunono said.

Why not just simply Napoles—after the fugitive Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged “mother” of the scam?

Netizen @corazonangeles said Napoles  stands for “National Assistance Program of Lawmakers Engaged in Swindling.

Or why not Badaf—meaning, Benigno Aquino Development Assistance Fund? That was the text message that circulated after President Aquino yesterday said he favored  abolishing the PDAF.



Read more: http://technology.inquirer.net/28547/netizens-pig-out-on-new-names-for-pork-holdaf-nacaw-badaf-cupit-etc#ixzz2cyd4sOh9
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Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: yllor on Aug 25, 2013, 09:55 PM
as expected...

malaki ang saklaw ng pork barrel issue ...

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/474203/pork-barrel-scam-goes-unabated-under-aquino-regime (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/474203/pork-barrel-scam-goes-unabated-under-aquino-regime)

Pork barrel scam goes unabated under Aquino regime

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: yllor on Aug 25, 2013, 10:02 PM
eto pa.. from BizBuzz of inquirer..

____

Paranoid on pork
Amid the ongoing “pork barrel” controversy—and today’s (Monday) massive protest action in Rizal Park—some quarters in the Aquino administration remain deeply suspicious about the roots of the public outcry.
While initial suspicion fell on the Liberal Party as the hidden hand behind the pork barrel scam exposé (especially since many of the implicated lawmakers came from the minority), some Aquino administration officials believe that the growing flames of the public’s indignation are actually being fanned by the opposition.
_____

pwedeng inggitan blues mga pulitiko dahil mas malaki mapupunta sa mga LP's kumpara sa mga hindi ka-alyado..
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Wills on Aug 25, 2013, 11:26 PM
The bottom line is PORK BARREL is used to influence other politicians to vote for the bill that only favours the very few.

If PORK BARREL be removed, we Filipinos will have a better chance of being heard by the lawmakers.

If its removed, FUNDINGS will be more efficient compare to current state and BILLS will also improved in terms of effectivity, definitely will NOT be perfect but it will SURELY improved and ECONOMY will benefit.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: GoodSteward on Aug 26, 2013, 12:44 AM
I hope not... mukang it will only just be renamed...hayyyzzz....

I hope if they remove it, reformat agad...wag lang sa recycle bin....
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Aug 26, 2013, 03:53 AM
Hope many of us can join in today's National Anti-PDAF protest! It's about time PNoy really listen to his BOSS...Us, the Filipino People!

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 :rant:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 26, 2013, 09:10 AM
Mark these names-- they should have a permanent place in the Philippine Hall of Shame. If they (and their ilk)  have any sense of propriety left, they should resign.

7 Napoles conduits named in NBI affidavits
Whistle-blowers say staff signed for solons

By Nancy C. Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer


Senior staff members of four senators and a staff member of a congressman served as conduits for channeling funds to Janet Lim-Napoles, according to the whistle-blowers in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

In affidavits submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the racket allegedly masterminded by Napoles, the whistle-blowers identified the conduits as Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Gonzales-Reyes, chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile; Jose Antonio Evangelista, Enrile’s deputy chief of staff; Pauline Labayen, deputy chief of staff of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada; Richard Cambe, chief political adviser to Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.; Jen Corpuz, a member of the staff of Sen. Vicente Sotto III; and Lourd Dexter D. Manalo, chief of staff of former Rep. Conrado Estrella.

The whistle-blowers also named Ruby Tuason, former social secretary of former President Joseph Estrada, now mayor of Manila, as Napoles’ conduit in the offices of Enrile and Senator Estrada.

They also named a certain Mae Catherine Santos as Napoles’ connection to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sen. Loren Legarda.

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Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 27, 2013, 09:49 AM
Can Binay explain his wealth?



https://www.facebook.com/westphilippinesea.scarborough.sabah.watch/posts/439797002804815




 In less than a decade, Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, former chair of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and former mayor of Makati, accumulated at least P80 million worth of real estate properties in Makati and Batangas, which he kept undeclared, our investigation shows. The amount excludes P12 million in declared investments, as well as other businesses that he and his friends reportedly control through dummy corporations.


 After serving as mayor for 12 years, Binay now owns a 66-hectare farm in Rosario, Batangas—estimated to be almost double the size of the Ayala commercial center in Makati—according to our investigation. Based on conservative estimates of the land value alone, the property—excluding improvements—is worth about P23 million.


 In addition, Binay and his wife, Elenita, current Makati mayor, also own at least two Hidalgo condominium units, located inside the posh Rockwell Center in Makati. A 208-squae meter unit in Rockwell, like the ones occupied by each of the two Binay daughters, costs around P28 million.


 The three properties alone, worth at least P79 million, were never declared in the couple’s statement of assets and liabilities.


 This is in violation of RA 6713, which mandates all officials to file every year the acquisition cost and the assessed and fair market values of their real property. They are also required by law to list other personal property, investments, cash on hand or in banks, financial liabilities, and their business interests and connections.


 Violation of the law carries certain penalties—a P5,000-fine and disqualification from public office. Unfortunately, officials take the law lightly as none of them have been put behind bars for their transgressions. Former President Joseph Estrada himself was previously caught committing the same mistake.


 We interviewed at least 15 contractors, former employees and farm hands, sources privy to transactions, and local residents who saw Binay inspect the properties, and who all confirmed his ownership of these properties. Without these testimonies it would be difficult to trace ownership to him because documents, if they are available at all, do not link him or his family members to the properties.


 Appointed MMDA chair in 1998 and replaced early this year after the Edsa 2 uprising, Jojo Binay want s to go back to City Hall. Perhaps the most popular politician among Makati City’s poor who constitute the majority of the city’s voters, he is the neutral target of political opponents.

 
Makati’s coffee shops are bursting with stories about Binay’s alleged unexplained wealth which he supposedly acquired during his consecutive three terms as mayor from 1988 to 1998 (he served as OIC mayor in 1986 until the 1988 local elections)


 And he has a lot of explaining to do, considering that as mayor, Binay received a monthly P32,000 salary and as MMDA chairman, he received P46,000. Elenita received the same salary as mayor.


“These charges are a rehash of old election issues,” says Binay in a written response to questions, brushing aside the allegations of misdeed.


 In a city where there is an accumulation of tremendous wealth, it is said that Binay himself had amassed riches by tolerating the collusion between the city’s building contractors and permits officials. It is common knowledge in Makati that permits that City Hall gives to builders of condominiums sometimes come with a hefty, under-the-table price.


 The local opposition says they have the goods on the former mayor. In fact, it spent a hefty sum on recent paid ads in the Inquirer that alluded to Binay’s posh residences in and out of Makati City.


 But the tough-talking, sometimes brusque Jojo Binay is unfazed. He says he does “not feel alluded” in the ads anyway.




Landed Family


 Two hours away from Makati City, in the agricultural town of Rosario in Batangas, a sprawling, modern, 66-hectrae farm is owned by the Binays of Makati. A conservative estimate of the land’s worth is put at P23 million, excluding the improvements made in recent years such as the construction of two huge houses, a piggery, orchidarium, a cock farm; and the paving of a hilly road that would connect the farm to other areas in the town.

 
The Binays acquired the first chunk of the land—16.6 hectares—in 1991. Former farm hands recalled having started working there in 1993, disclosing that they saw the former mayor there almost every week at the time.
 

But the couple never declared this in their Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SAL) of 1996, 1997 and 1999, which Newsbreak obtained. The Office of the Ombudsman did not have a copy of his 1998 SAL. The Binay couple is scheduled to file their new SAL next month, as mandated by law.


 As of December 1999, the couple declared a net worth of only P20.06 million. In the same period, they declared P12.24 million in business investments-without identifying which these are. In fact, the Binays said their real properties are worth only P3,183,445 as of December 1999.

 
The only real estate property that the Binays declared as acquisitions since Jojo Binay became mayor in 1998 was a residential property in Alfonse, Cavite. Acquired in 1994, its fair market value as of 1999 was pegged at P59,580. The couple, however, declared in their 1999 SAL that they spent P3 million in improving the Cavite residence.
 

The other real assets declared by the couple in their most recent SAL were either inherited, purchased or mortgaged to them before they dabbled in public service. Two of these properties were inherited—one in 1951, in Cabagan, Isabela; and the other, with an unspecified date, in San Pascual, Batangas. Three were purchased—Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa (1964); Mariveles in Bataan (1965); and San Antonio Village in Makati (1977).

 
Of the eight declared properties, three are classified as agricultural while five are residential. The residential properties include the ones in Cavite; Makati; Muntinlupa; San Pedro (acquired in 1964) and Calamba (1984), Laguna. The Bataan, Isabela, and Batangas properties are agricultural.

 
Their 1999 SAL does not say when the San Pascual, Batangas property was inherited.

 
San Pascual is in the second district of Batangas, very near Batuan, where Binay’s father was born (Binay’s mother comes from Isabela, which should explain his Isabela property.


 Rosario, BatangasAlong the main road of Barangay San Roque in the Rosario town proer, a huge blue-and-white sign sits in front of heaps of huge fruit baskets. It says: “Jobin B. Mango Station.”


A caretaker of the Jobin B. Mango Station, an old man, refused to answer queries about his benefactor. The most he could say was that “taga-Maynila ang kapitalista (the capitalist is from Metro Manila).” At harvest time in June, he said, they bring the mangoes to business establishments in Binondo. This is the first time workers will harvest from the capitalist’s mango farm, whose location the caretaker gestures to be far-flung—he acquired in only recently.

 
Three barangays away, nearly a hundred mango trees line the mountainous expanse of greens and dirt roads. “Kabibili lang niya ng manggahang iyan (He has just bought that mango farm),” said a farmer-resident of Barangay Maligaya. By “he” the farmer meant, “si Binay, iyong mayor ng Makati (Binay, the mayor of Makati).”
Barangay Maligaya is just one of three barangays that Binay’s farm traverses. The other two are Mayuro and Bayawang.

 
The Newsbreak team saw that within the same property is a sprawling farm known in the area as Binay’s property. The undeclared property is in the fourth district of Batangas. Although Binay traces his father’s roots to Bauan town, and inherited from his uncle a feed mill in the farther town of San Pascual, he acquired the Rosario land only in 1991. He bought the first 16.6 hectares from a certain Donato Almeda, a brother of the Makati assistant city treasurer who resigned his job two years before the sale.

 
Through Renato Comla, one of his security aides who hailed from Rosario, Binay learned about the parcels of land which were up for sale around his property, according to a relative of Comla himself.
 

Binay expanded the land over the years by buying out neighboring farms. Former employees in the farm and residents of the barangays also told Newsbreak that among those who sold their properties to Binay for about P35 per square meter were the Patulays, the Goyenas, the De Toresses, the Quezons, and the Aldays. Except for the Patulays, none of these families are natives of Batangas.

 
Comla’s relative recalled that it was Comla himself who recruited farmers, including some of his other relatives from the surrounding barangays, to work in Binay’s farm.

 
Speaking on condition of anonymity, Binay’s former farm hands complained that each time Binay bought the parcels of land, these would be put under their names and they would be made to sign documents to that effect. Binay got all the documents, however, they said, depriving them of the right to pursue their claims. The agrarian reform law bars a landowner from owning five hectares of agricultural land. Beyond that, he or she must distribute the land to his workers.

 
By 1993, Binay had already acquired 38 hectares of land in the area. It was also then that he started his own hog raising business with 60 pigs.


 The following year, Binay decided to build honest-to-goodness structures in the farm, which required him to secure a building permit from the municipal government. At the time, the “owners” of his properties—farmworkers, actually—were no longer employed in his farm and therefore refused to sign any documents that facilitate the release of the permit.


“Pineke nila ang pirma namin. Tuwing kailangan, ‘yon ang ginawa nila,” said one of those formerly assigned to the piggery. “May kakutsaba sila sa munisipyo.” (Binay’s aides just forged our signatures. Every time these were needed, they would just forge them. Somebody in the municipal hall connives with them.)


 A Manila-based source, one of those who sold his property to Binay, in fact, warned that the moment inquiries about the property are made in the assessor’s office in Rosario, Binay is immediately tipped off.
 

The vacation house inside the farm, which according to a farm insider, is “being patterned after the Palace in the Sky” project of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, rose simultaneously with spacious pens to house about 10,000 hogs, an expansive orchidarium, and hundreds of teepees for fighting cocks.

 
The property, based on farmers’ estimates, now spans 66 hectares and, at P35 per square meter when the first parcel was bought, should be worth at least P23.1 million.

 
Comla resigned as caretaker of the farm a few years ago due to his frequent conflicts with Elenita Binay’s aides. “There was a time when Doctora visited the farm more often than the mayor did because she had to check on her flowers. And her aides were commandeering people around, something which did not sit well with Ato,” a friend of Comla recalled.


Former farm workers recalled that in 1999, suspected communist guerrillas raided the farm because Binay reportedly maintained an armory there. They seized 10 different types of guns, according to farm employees at the time. Comla’s brother, his friend said, happened to be a member of the New People’s Army in the province.
 

The farm is now heavily guarded, a farmer in nearby barangay said, with security guards coming all the way from Makati and General Santos City. Farm workers from surrounding barangays have been replaced by aetas from Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales and Tarlac who stay in quarters inside the farm. “Batanguenos complain a lot,” a former farm worker said, recalling the reason they were dismissed from their jobs.

 
HE said they were made to work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and were made to choose between two salary arrangements—P150 a day without free food, or P3,000 a month with free food.

 
To further secure the farm, Binay’s chief chief security, Lito Glean, frequently visits the place and has been befriending local leaders in the area. The chairman of Barangay Maligaya, Danilo Recto, is now Glean’s kumpare after he stood as sponsor in the wedding of Recto’s daughter.

 
At present only one Batangueno, Pepito Carrido, remains employed in the farm.
 Carrido, who started out as bookkeeper in the farm seven years ago, is, by all indications, now a trusted man of Binay, in charge of releasing the salary of farm workers. Even if Carrido was present when we visited his house one Sunday evening, his wife, who had orchids as fine as Mrs. Binay’s in her mini patio, said her husband was out, that she did not know the number of his cellular phone, and that they never talked about his work in the farm.
 

Carrido lives in a middle-class subdivision in Barangay San Roque. A stone’s throw away from the gate of his village is the Jobin B. Mango Station.


 Without these testimonies from residents of Rosario and former workers of Binay, it would be difficult to trace the ownership of the land to the comebacking mayor.


 This is the same difficulty that Newsbreak encountered when it investigated reports that Binay, through dummy corporations, also owned several business establishments in Makati. However, people privy to the transactions or who have seen the Binays in posh residences in the city have spoken with Newsbreak to confirm his ownership of these companies and residences.


 The papers of incorporation were mostly unavailable at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and, in instances that documents could be accessed, they listed non-incriminating names. Land titles remain in the names of former owners or fronts, according to people privy to Binay’s style, but the documents are all with him for safekeeping.




continued below.....
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 27, 2013, 09:52 AM
The Makati Properties

 Wearing a house dress which indicates her domestic familiarity with the place, Mayor Elenita Binay emerged from the elevator at the lobby of the Hidalgo condominium building at the plush Rockwell Center. The security guard acknowledged her with a respectful nod, which she returned with a casual inquiry, “May units pa bang for sale dito?”



A real estate broker, who had just shared the elevator ride with the doctora, was impressed that she seemed to be on a condo-buying spree. For that was the impression created by the Saturday afternoon visit some six months ago. The mayor at the time had just visited two of her daughters occupying two units on the 19th floor.
 

These days, the family reportedly already owns four units in the P100,000-per-square meter structure. However, Rockwell employees could confirm ownership of only two of these. Company officers declined to talk about the matter.

 
Only one of the daughters, the Ateneo law student, stays in the place now. The other was asked by her parents to go back to their old house on Caong Street in Barangay San Antonio.
 

The Binay couple still live in the same house and in the same tough neighbourhood where the father grew up. Orphaned at an early age, Binay was raised by his uncle who exposed him to simple living.
 

But said a former trusted aide of Binay, “He keeps cash by the millions in that house.” And that is not his only house.


 Residents of Bel Air Village 2 attested that the “yellow house” at number 212 Orbit Street belongs to Binay. “It’s some kind of a safehouse, a place for meetings,” said a resident. “There are days when the place is quiet, and these are days when so many cars are parked outside the house.”



Over in the less affluent Barangay West Rembo, a huge house, known to residents as being occupied by Binay’s newlywed daughter, has also been built. Just last February 24, squatter families were alarmed at the sight of engineers surveying the area for a possible widening of the road that leads to what they will call the “mansiyon.” Paving the roads means a possible demolition of their shanties.
 

However, except for the fact that these houses are either occupied or frequented by members of the Binay family, there are no documents to show that they indeed own them.

 

How could he have done it?

 
Nongovernment organizations campaigning against Binay asked realtors to explain the most likely scheme that Binay, a former human right lawyer, must have used to hide his ownership of these houses.
 

The realtors explained it this way: He forms a company, which buys or builds the house for him. He then lists down unknown names from different addresses as incorporators of the company. After buying the property, registration papers do not bear his name. Instead, the original owner is asked to either issue a mortgage in Binay’s favor or sign a paper bestowing him with a power of attorney over the property. Only Binay has copies of the pertinent documents, such as deeds of sale and land titles.


 A former aide of Binay who worked with him for three years under the Aquino government claimed that the former mayor used this scheme to acquire more than 10 houses and lots in Dasmarinas Village, all of them being rented out.


“There are these people from Bulacan whose names he’s been using [to acquire some properties],” the source, now retired from government, said. “In fact, he and Doctora are special guests of those people during fiestas.”


Homeowners, however, could not confirm whether Binay indeed has properties in the neighbourhood. SEC records of holding companies involved in recent purchases of properties in the village did not point to Binay or any of his close associates.


 A contractor said the “usual SOP” is that in exchange for a building permit, contractors give a representative of the office of the mayor one condominium unit. This is aside from the requirement for most contractors, until 1998, to hire the services of excavation contractor NJ Bautista Enterprises, which, according to three contractors interviewed by Newsbreak, is owned by the couple Noel and Celine Bautista. Both are said to be close to the Binays.


 Another contractor, who built at least two buildings recently, said his company had to give an undisclosed amount of money to an unidentified City Hall official before it got “accredited” to do work in Makati during Binay’s last term.
 
He said the condominium payoffs, although made several years ago, remains “a very sensitive issue” which he could not discuss in detail.


 Despite persistent talk, however, nobody has come out to openly accuse Binay of pocketing commissions from these deals. The comebacking mayor has repeatedly denied this, claiming that his first mission was precisely to clean up the permits unit at City Hall.


 Pointing out that “everybody’s hassling everybody” in City Hall anyway, a third contractor contacted by Newsbreak said, without elaborating, that his company has opted to just comply with Binay’s extra-legal requirements so it could continue building in Makati. By doing so, he said, “we have not encountered problems so far.”



Business Ventures

 Just beside the barangay hall of Comembo, residents of Makati’s poorer communities have their own Glorietta to troop to.


 Called Apex, the five-story commercial complex on the corner of J.P. Rizal Extension and Sampaguita Street sits where a city government-owned sports complex used to stand. It houses on its first floor a Chowking restaurant, a Mercury drugstore, and a few RTW stalls. A bookstore occupies part of the second floor, while two cinemas share the third floor with a computer school, which also occupies the rest of the building.


 What makes the mini-mall popular among residents is that they know it belongs to former Mayor Binay. The name of the company, JOBIM, is a dead giveaway. City Hall insiders said it stands for Jojo Binay, Irasga (the last name of Nelson, his former chief city engineer and trusted aide with whom he had a falling out in 1998), and Mercado (the last name of former councilor Ernesto, who is widely recognized in Makati as Binay’s alleged bagman).


 The Chowking branch on the first floor of Apex which opened in 1996 is registered under the name BIMECH Food Chains Corporation, which, reliable sources said, again stands for Binay, Irasga, Mercado, and , possibly, one Lilia Chavez, whom SEC papers showed is a resident of Barangay Guadalupe in Makati. Chavez owns the most number of shares in the corporation, which, in 1998, reported a total net income of only P181,644, which dropped to P59,390 in 1999.


 However, as in the case of his alleged houses, documents on the ownership of these and other business establishments do not bear the name of Binay or any of his close political allies. In some cases, there are no papers of incorporation at the SEC at all. And as in the case of the houses, only employees and people privy to Binay’s business deals will attest to his ownership of the companies.


 For instance, two McDonald’s outlets along J.P. Rizal—one at the corner of Reposo Street, very near the City Hall, and another at the corner of Pasong Tamo, near the Sta. Ana Race Track—are widely known in Makati as Binay’s. A check on the papers, however, revealed that the franchise of the said outlets remains with McGeorge Foods Corporation, the mother company of McDonalds in the Philippines.


 A source knowledgeable about the deal said Binay earns from McDonald’s because he owns the lots on which the said outlets stand and also leases them to McGeorge. The Makati assessor’s office refused to reveal the identities of the owner of the said properties.

 
The Dreyers ice cream booth in Glorietta at the Ayala Center, the franchise for which is pegged at P1 million, is also widely known to be Binay’s The company’s name, BIMET Manufacturing Corporation, is quite similar to the JOBIM acronym of a mall that Binay reportedly co-owns with Mercado. The SEC, however, has no records on the company.


 No registration papers could be dug up either at the SEC for two more widely known businesses of Binay: the two-story Areflor Funeral Homes on J.P. Rizal Extension, and the Christine’s water purifying plant in Barangay Pembo, to provide space and an access road for which a Montessori school and a number of shanties were torn down.
 

The Binay couple reported in their SALs from 1996 up to 1999 that they had investments in business which grew at an average of P2 million annually. No details on the nature of these investments were given.

 
Election issue

 
Corruption is an issue that has been raised against Binay in every election since 1988, including the one held three years ago, when he fielded his wife while he was waiting for his term to pass.

 
Each time the charges—bloated payrolls, overpriced equipment and supplies, grease money demanded from businessmen, and hefty commissions from projects and purchases—would prove immaterial to voters, as Binay would always win hands down.

 
To the poor, who compose almost half of Makati’s 505,203 population, Binay is the champion who has delivered to them the goods and services by pounding on the rich to pay their taxes.

 
The local opposition recognizes that it would be a “difficult climb” trying to downplay what Binay has given the poor, patronage politics being a concept that voters do not seem to regard as negative.


 Free education in a university that would shame private institutions in terms of structures and equipment, access to free medical care in the expensive Makati Medical Center, burial assistance for families who have lost loved ones, basketball courts and paved roads—as long as they benefit from these, residents of depressed barangays are unlikely to question whether these are their rights and not acts of goodwill from Binay.


“We cannot deny the fact that Binay has been delivering to Makati’s poor more than what they ever had before,” said Councilor Mark Joseph, one of the only two oppositionists in the local legislative body. “What our constituents should be made aware of is what he is not delivering. Where people need medicine, they are given roads. Where people training for livelihood, they are given cement.”



Source:

 Written by Miriam Grace A. Go
 from NEWSBREAK
 Wednesday, 28 March 2001

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JEJOMAR BINAY AND FAMILY CORRUPTION AND SCANDAL

 Unti unti na pong nasisilip ang baho ng bawat pulitiko na maiiwasan sana kung may FOI bill na umiiral upang mabusisi ng taong bayan kung may katotohanan ba o wala.

 
1.Unexplained wealth 400 hectares Binay FARM-Rosario Batangas
 
2. Unexplained wealth 40 hectares Binay FARM-Bauan Batangas
 
3. Unexplained wealth 10 hectares Mango Orchard
 
4.Two condominium units Rockwell worth 30 million not on his SALN
 
5.Three story Mansion with Elevator in Banuyo Street,San Antonio Village and not on his SALN
 
6.House and lot Orbit st.Bel -Air Village and not on his SALN
 
7.House and Lot in Palm Village,Guadalope Viejo and not on his SALN
 
8.Rest House in Tali Beach,Batangas

9.Rest House in Puerto Azul,Cavite
 
10.Rest House in Tagaytay,Highlands
 
11.Rest House in Alfonso Cavite
 
12.Rest House in Zambales
 
13.Rest House in Pangasinan
 
14.More houses in Paranaque, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Muntinglupa
 
15. 600 Ghost Employee authorized by corrupt wife,Dra Elenita Binay and Amigas worth 3 million a month
 
16. Binay wife linked to Php72.06-M graft


 A FORMER whistleblower in high-profile graft corruption controversies turned-head of government’s financial watchdog yesterday linked the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, an incumbent and several former Makati City officials to alleged deception in the public bidding for a Php72.06 million supply contract awarded by the city government in 2001.


 17. Sandiganbayan graft case


 Elenita Binay's (and private businessmen Li Yee Shing, Jason Li and Vivian M. Edurise, and Ernesto Aspillaga's) arraignment for graft charges was set by the Sandiganbayan's 4th Division on January 18, 2008. Binay was charged of alleged anomalous purchase of office fixtures and furniture for the new
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 27, 2013, 10:04 AM
This was written a year ago by ramon tulfo concerning (binay) as the secret identity of the official.




Corrupt exec gets high trust rating



By Ramon Tulfo
Philippine Daily Inquirer 11:29 pm | Friday, July 20th, 2012




If only the public knew the real character of some government officials that survey firms—like the SWS and Pulse Asia—put under scrutiny, they would give these officials very low trust ratings.

One official included in the trust rating survey is so corrupt he and his family became billionaires years after he joined the government service.

This official owns a big part of the city where he and his family live.

The family is engaged in buying expensive real estate at a price that they arbitrarily set, and not at the current market value.

Condominium developers and owners of business establishments complain that the family demands one or two units before a condominium is built, and a part of the business without investing a single centavo.

Even this official’s brother, who lives in an upscale village in Metro Manila, has a house which occupies practically one entire block.

The brother has no livelihood that would give him significant returns to enable him to live a life of luxury.

The family owns a huge farm in a province near Metro Manila which boasts of a vast man-made lake, a multimillion-peso orchid garden, orchards and an air-conditioned pigpen.

The official can’t claim his family was rich before he joined the government.

His high school classmates would laugh at him if he made such a claim.

When this columnist was a police reporter covering the Manila Police District, I often saw this man join antigovernment demonstrations and rallies on Mendiola.

And yet, people don’t know the real score about this official who has successfully built himself up as a champion of the poor.

* * *




Makati now a sin city



By Ramon Tulfo
 Philippine Daily Inquirer
 12:33 am | Tuesday, July 24th, 2012




 I received several text messages about Saturday’s column which was headlined, “Corrupt exec gets high trust rating.”

 “Mukhang si _______ ang subject mo sa column mo ngayon. Maraming pang kulang sa sinabi mo (It seems blank blank is the subject of your column today. You omitted a lot of things about him),” read one texter.

 Another message sender, a high government official during the Cory Aquino administration, said:,“In your column today why is it that my mind leads me to______ as d person you are referring to?”

But the most striking reaction I received came from a friend of the politician.

 Said the politician’s friend, whose identity I’m keeping secret: “Mon, i read ur column today. U are absolutely correct about this politician. I know him personally. He has a very good public image indeed. And that’s why I told u that unless he makes a major booboo, he will be__________.”

I told the friend of this politician that the public will eventually find out about what he has been up to.

 That’s as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

 It’s like someone not knowing about his or her partner’s infidelity because nobody dares to tell him or her. But eventually, it will all be out in the open.


 * * *


 What did I say in Saturday’s “On Target” column?

 Basically, that the politician and his family are rich—filthy rich.

 They are engaged in buying real estate in the city where they live. The family owns a big chunk of the city.

 Condominium developers and owners of business establishments complain that the family demands a unit or two before a condominium is built, apart from a portion of the business, without spending a single centavo.

 They have a huge farm in a province near Metro Manila where they own a huge farm complete with a vast man-made lake, a multimillion-peso orchid garden, and an air-conditioned pigpen.

 You want a clue? They are a family of politicians.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Usman on Aug 27, 2013, 10:52 AM
Oh that's not secret. Tulfo is certainly alluding to the
BINAYS:

1. VP Jejomar
2. Senator Binay
3. Mayor Binay
4. Ex-mayor E. Binay

The world knows they are filthy rich but the rich, especially
public officials are gods in this land while the people
starve to death.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Usman on Aug 27, 2013, 10:56 AM
Magpolitiko na lang kaya tayo para
tayoy yumaman din -- I'm sure we won't have
to worry about our investments going down
due to real and mostly imaginary markets forces.
Haha.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 27, 2013, 11:35 AM

For those who weren't there yesterday...

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/475035/million-people-march-in-photographs (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/475035/million-people-march-in-photographs)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: mikoangelo on Aug 27, 2013, 01:35 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1000318_557392560994088_1758393026_n.jpg)


Ako nalang kontrata kahit half the price.....
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: GoodSteward on Aug 27, 2013, 02:14 PM
baka gold plated yun flagpole...LOL...

@miko, ako nalang, half ng half the price mo...bid down...haha
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: mikoangelo on Aug 27, 2013, 02:25 PM
boooooo.... :thumbsdow

sakin kasi hindi flag isasabit, si Janet Lim-Napoles ..... :laugh:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: singkit_1588 on Aug 27, 2013, 05:43 PM
scrap..

pati kaya ung income tax per person tanggalin na rin..
vat n lng lahat.hehe 20% vat..haha
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 27, 2013, 06:55 PM
The next best thing in my opinion after the protest march is to continue the shame campaign for all involved officials by posting articles on all kind of media sites. Keep the issue alive with new information.

  You see their calm demeanor on tv may seem like they are unaffected by all of this but behind the scenes the shame brought about by public scrutiny of their incredible greed among their family and peers are like boiler pressure inside their homes.

  I remembered after the ramgen revilla scandal died down there was a brief interview of Genalyn Magsaysay-Revilla (mother) on enrolling for her children bec they refuse to enroll or go to school due to shame of the controversy.  We want this to happen to all those who are involve that their family and friends are the one to create pressure for these officials to resign or break down.

  Don't let the shame campaign die down until they are kicked out of office.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 27, 2013, 10:32 PM
Agreed. Let us be vigilant. Keep posting related articles. Keep up the pressure.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 28, 2013, 04:28 PM
Just heard on DZMM's Radyo Patrol Balita  that showbiz talent manager/PR person, Lolit Solis, claims Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa called up Janet Napoles to ask for campaign contributions in 2009 when he was QC administrator. The call took place, said Solis, when she and Napoles were seated together at a gathering.

If I were Pnoy, I'd fire Jojo Ochoa (not just undersecretary Brian Yamsuan) too. There are just too many rumors swirling around that guy (e.g., that Napoles wrote Malacanang a letter coursed thru his office; used his law firm, MOST, to handle her court cases ).
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 28, 2013, 07:26 PM
Itong si Bong revilla talaga huli sa pagsisinugaling. 

Nung una ayaw sabihin na kilala niya si janet tapos nung naipalabas yung unang picture na siya at iba pang congresista sa picture ang sabi ng abogado ni janet na nagpapicture lang dahil gwapong artista siya ngayon napanood ko sa tv patrol na imbitado si napoles sa silver wedding anniversary ng magasawang lani at bong.  Ano pa sasabihin susunod na gate-crasher siya.

Sana meron ding litrato na nagpapakita na close din sila ni enrile kasi deny to the death na kilala niya.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 28, 2013, 07:32 PM
When it rains, it porks ehe, pours.

PURO PULA NA ANG PORT MO, DAMI PANG KALAT NA PORK (BARREL SCAM)
    :help: :help:

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Aug 28, 2013, 08:29 PM
There was a post in facebook concerning a research made by someone about the much talked about flagpole in luneta is somehow suggesting that it could be anomalous because the owner of AKH CONSTRUCTION AND TRADING CORP who is ARMANDO U. KHONG HUN (president/trustee)  is very close with both BINAY (founding chairman) and ENRILE who are both titled as council of members in a company called IBANAG HERITAGE FOUNDATION  INC.  Headed by our vice president.




check out the list:

http://www.ibanagheritage.org/about-us/council-of-elders



check out the listed owner of AKH:

http://ph.jobscrib.com/AKH-CONSTRUCTION-AND-TRADING-CORP-jobs-in-Quezon-City.html




Even the one of the listed contact number of AKH and IBANAG foundation are identical,

look at the contact number:  416-5436


http://www.ibanagheritage.org/contact-us/

http://builditphils.com/armando-u-khong-hun-general-contractor-inc---isabela.html



check it out for yourselves



photos presented on facebook was made by carlos celdran
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Aug 28, 2013, 09:51 PM
Related to that item about Lolit Solis above...Fyi, she's the talent manager of Bong Revilla and, for a time, handled the short-lived showbiz career of Shalani Soledad (I surmise that's how Napoles ended up as ninang when she wed Cong. Romulo). And in some of her radio showbiz reports, Solis gave the impression that she was more than a passing acquaintance of the fugitive businesswoman.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: ferrariEverest on Aug 28, 2013, 10:39 PM
I sincerely hope may mangyayaring progress ngayon.

Ang mga mahihirap sa Pilipinas ang dapat talaga makialam ngayon kasi sila ang pinaka apektado dito.

maraming resignations sa ibang bansa. sana magresign at makulong din ang mga porkybuwaya sa atin.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: GoodSteward on Aug 29, 2013, 12:20 AM
Napoles surrendered! Eto na..

Biggest whistle blower sana siya...
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: yllor on Aug 29, 2013, 12:23 AM
sya naman ngayon ang bida!
humanda sila!!!!!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Aug 29, 2013, 05:45 PM
Magaling sa SQUEALLING yan. Nasa lahi.

Pero kung ako lang LITSUNIN NA YAN AT IPAKAIN SA MGA NAGUGUTOM DAHIL SA MGA KAGAGAWAN NYA !!!!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: yllor on Sep 05, 2013, 11:31 PM
paalala lang po: MAHABANG BASAHIN
_______________________________
REPOST LANG PO (credit from: ANONYMOUS INCORPORATED page)

TO ALL FILIPINO CONCERN CITIZENS: Give time to read, may cinasabi c ANONYMOUS na wla sa news. para atleast maiintindihan natin- d worst Philippine Politictian Pork Barel Scam.

.......

Dulz Speaks
Monday, August 5, 2013
ANONYMOUS SPEAKS: Pork Barrel Scam (Updated)
I was reading my news feed at Facebook when I chanced upon a blog shared by my niece. Her only comment was "COMMENTS SECTION".

As curious as a cat, I clicked the accompanying photo (above) and read the blog first, written by MommyJ.
She wrote her opinion on the Pork Barrel Scam involving the wealthy Janet Napoles and family. What took me by surprise are the various comments from Anonymous which are like bombs that shattered my peace.

I am not pretty sure whether Anonymous (the first one who fanned the flame) is the same person who revealed classified information all throughout MommyJ's blog. For convenience, let me treat Anonymous as one and the same.

Anonymous' first comment (Tagalog version here):

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 6:43 PM
Janet Lim Napoles has strong ties before with the late Emilia Boncodin, DBM Secretary. Emilia is the one that keep Janet in the loop whenever a budget or SARO is approved and to which senator or congressman.

Gringo Honasan is a dear friend of Janet’s husband, Jimmy Napoles. I was surprised when I read somewhere online when Honasan was interviewed and he said that he doesnt know the Napoles family.
During the coup in Cory’s time, Jimmy napoles was driving a tank on the way to camp crame when he’s tank was hit by a mortar.Jimmy is operating the .50 caliber machine gun and the soldier driving the tank died during the blast. Jimmy survived and was jailed along with Honasan. If you can get clear photos of Jimmy Napoles online, you will see that part of his face and his arms show burn marks.

Their wealth started to build up during the late 90′s when they engaged themselves with mayors based in zamboanga to use them as a front for a Foundation that will implement projects or deliver farm materials. With connections at COA, they were able to arrange “completed projects” without delivering anything. They established JLN group of companies sometime in 2000 and they moved to their new office from AFPOVAI to Discovery Suites on the 25th floor.

Soon enough, they were able to develop deep connections with more legislators in congress and numerous senators. What JLN Group Of Companies do and their sub-companie, Jo-Chris Trading (named after their eldest child, Jo-Christine “Neneng” Napoles) – they use their foundations as the implementing agency for the funds of congressmen or senators. You see, congressmen and senators have budget, PDAF or the “pork barrel”, but these politicians do not have direct access to their funds and they can never touch it. So what they do is the politicians will create a project (common one is “fertilizer distribution” to farmers) and will ask DBM to set the budget. Then, there will be a public bidding to be held by DAR. The outcome of the bidding is already fixed and it’s Napoles foundation wins. The fund or SARO will be released through Janet’s foundation and the congressmen/senators will ask 70% of the whole amount. So if the project is 10M, Janet will give 70% of that. Usually Janet’s nephew, John Francisco Lim is the courier of the money, they will meet at Podium or at a parking lot. The money are stored in plastic bags or paper bags.

So, whatever is left from the budget, 30% goes to Janet. They usually cash-in the cheque they get from DBM at Landbank in Greenhills and the manager there is part of Janet’s payroll. Janet also need to pay the inspectors from COA and whoever is involved in DAR.

This is their workflow.This is what they do for more than a decade. This is how the senators and congressmen make money. This is why theses politicians have so much and working class filipinos almost have nothing. This is not only Janet’s fault. The greediness of the senators and congressmen are the driving point that keeps this system operating. It is also amazing that if Janet’s family and her company goes into trial, the people who will try them – judges, senators, congressmen, are also part of this. I fear for the life of Benhur and Merlina as whistleblowers. Soon enough they will die. The people of the philippines should protect them. NBI or the witness protection program cannot do anything about it. Because they are keeping the whistleblowers alive for their own use only. Once Janet give payments to the NBI and once Revilla, Honasan, Arroyo, Pichay, Ducut, Pineda, Lim, Estrada, Soto, Lapid, and almost all the congressmen who were in post for the past decade, step in – there’s nothing benhur or merlina can do. They are as good as dead by now.

Please post this on your social media and share it to the world. It is time to stop this madness and remove the pork barrel and protect benhur and merlina.

I was like, "What???" And I reposted MommyJ's blog in my FB wall, asking my friends whether it was true. The succeeding comments in MommyJ's blog contained warnings, words of caution, more expression of disgust to corruption. Some urged him to go to Philippine media to which he responded:

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 8:06 PM
No, i will never talk to philippine media. local media is rubbish. we can ask noli de castro about that. and i am very sure that he too will say, “i havent heard janet napoles or met her before…” Of course, why would he tell the world that he knows janet after he earned hundrer millions of pesos through her company? We can also ask noli who lives in his villa in tagaytay highlands. Oh, i forgot, i think it’s one of his mistresses.

nevertheless, the napoles has been moving their money the past few weeks so most of their money are not in the country anymore. the people need to ask the female manager at metrobank binondo, she’s related to janet napoles brother, ronald “bullet” francisco lim. “Bullet” is also one of the incorporator’s of janet’s countless foundations. the people of the philippines should also ask the manager at landbank greenhills. Maglanque holds a post before at DOTC, and the Napoles’ made a lot of money by providing countless transactions through DOTC using numerous congressmen and senators between 2002 – 2011. Zenaida Ducut, previous congresswoman in one of the provinces in Pampangga made a killing through Janet’s company. They also have strong ties with the Ampatuans in the south and yes, they also benefited from Janet’s company. Previous PNP chiefs during the Arroyo administration also used JLN Corporation as the foundation to supply communication radios initially valued at Php5,000 only to be listed in the receipt given to COA valued at Php65,000 each.

Let’s stop and reflect, if the local media publishes these facts, do you think that the current government CAN do something? NO. even if noynoy wants to punish Janet and even if he’s the president of the country, he can only do as much because our constitution does not allow the president to tackle these crimes. because that is not included in his job description. It’s a pity that people accuse the president of doing nothing. Yes, he cannot do anything about it because our law doesnt allow him too. You want something to be done with this issue? If noynoy declares martial law and will have complete authority over these issues, yes, he can hang all the senators and congressmen. But will noynoy declare martial law? No. not because the people of the country doesnt want to – its because noynoy wont bring back the years that caused his father’s death.

The current situation in the country has reach an impasse. unless the people do something about this, we will remain right where marcos left off – corruption everywhere and escalation of poverty.

It was overwhelming now for me. Though some informations were incredible, many were amazed by the details contained in Anonymous' narration. One thought that Anonymous is an insider to the Napoleses' lair. Others questioned his anonymity while others hailed him for his exposé.

Anonymous dropped some more bombs. This time, the name of one well-known media personality was mentioned.

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 10:11 PM
I saw an interview of janet, jimmy and two of their children, jo-christine and his younger brother. The interview was conducted by Korina Sanchez. I was amazed how Korina played on the set and in a very sublime manner, projected the Napoles family as a victim.

Let me explain.

Korina is married to Mar Roxas. Mar is from Iloilo and he has a cousin, Johnny Roxas. Johnny stands 6’2, fair, brown hair and brown eyes. Johnny is a good looking male and a mestizo. Johnny used to work at JLN Corp. and he used his connections through Mar when he was still “Mr. Palengke.” Johnny earned significant amount of money by closing deals and getting the SARO of some congressmen and mayors and governors with the help of Mar. But Johnny had a fallout with Janet when some some cash commissions were not equally divided to him. He was also hoping to have a Mercedes Benz as a incentive from one of his successful transactions from a congressman based in Samar, bur Janet failed to deliver the car to him. Johnny soon left the company upset. Nevertheless, Johnny left JLN with few million pesos richer, and Mar Roxas a few million above 10M richer. Johnny Roxas became visible again in the political arena when he joined the campaign camp of Fernando Poe Jr. He was always visible on TV appearances and newspaper photos sitting or standing beside or behind Poe. With this said, Mar Roxas has ties with Napoles and that explains the interview with Korina that appears to be biased with the Napoles’. And you now know the reason why.

One commenter has this to say:

M230 says:
AUGUST 4, 2013 AT 11:15 AM
If you know your stuff, Mar Roxas does not have a cousin named Johnny Roxas. He only has 1 cousin and Johnny is not the name.

The Araneta-Roxas clan is worth so much more money, what is 10 million pesos to them? Magnanakaw ka na lang, bakit yang kakapiranggot pa na hindi man lang mararamdaman ni Mar. Magkano ba kinikita nila sa Araneta Center pa lang, sa Pizza Hut, sa Dairy Queen, sa Cibo, Cafe Bola, Sachi?

I believe there was a scam, but I don’t think you should drag other people in this controversy. If you really do know so much stuff, why not be an anonymous source for the NBI?

But Anonymous is so sure of himself:

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 5, 2013 AT 5:15 PM
Hanapin mo at tanungin mo si johnny kung ginagamit pa ba niya yung ford expedition at honda crv niya na galing kay janet at yung Cartier na relo na binili nila nung nag macao sila at pinabigay para kay Manuel matapos papirmahin yung mga mayors sa negros?

At kung hindi kamaganak ni Manuel si Johnny, sino yung laging sumasali sa mga pa-derby ng sabungan sa araneta na mestiso na matangkad na kamukha ni manuel aber? sa palagay mo ba madaling mag pa interview sa tv kay korina sanchez kung wala silang direktang koneksyon at tinatago? magkano airtime sa abs cbn para magpalabas ng mahabang interview ng walang ganansya?

i-screen capture mo itong sagot ko tapos pakita mo sa mga amo mo na roxas at pag hindi lumaki butas ng ilong nila pag binasa nila ito, tsaka mo ako balikan dito at sabihin mo na sinungaling ako.
ang hirap maniwala na malaking consipracy theory ito pero sa mga naglilitawan dito, sila sila, kayo kayo, lahat corrupt at magnanakaw. pagmamalaki mo pa sakin yang pizza hut nila di naman masarap tapos ang mahal mahal pa. pwe!

Poor Pizza Hut.

Things are now heated up. Anonymous is not done yet.

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 8:36 PM
I dont have social media presence nor in the internet. My only platform is through this blog – your blog. I don’t even know you and perhaps you will never know either. As long as i am still alive, I will post on this blog if you dont mind. Thanks for doing sharing your blog to your social media nonetheless.

This news is slowly fading away and only a couple of local media outlets are currently covering it. The Revillames and Estradas are already preparing their speeches should this issue reach the senate. Some speculations in the current congress thinks that this issue is bigger than the corruption of Gloria Arroyo itself so everything is carefully planned out for the next step. There are extreme suggestions within the congressmen involved to create mass hysteria and stimulate “terrorism” activity in the city. They are planning to set off explosives in public places soon and will blame it to the Reds (CPP-NPA) organization.

Do you think that the Ayala Mall explosion before is an “accident”? How about the recent explosion in one of Ayala’s apartments in The Fort? Has anyone of you heard the case again and its updates? None.

It doesnt make sense, does it?

The Napoles lives in Ayala Alabang. Their house is adjacent to Ping Lacson. When Lacson bought the house in Alabang, this was the time when he and Erap were throwing accusations against each other. There was a news clip before of an interview to Lacson and he consistently denies that he does not have a house in an exclusive village. The Napoles’ was laughing hard because the family was the one who recommended that house to Ping.

As you can see, a significant number of residential owners in Ayala Alabang have sits in congress, senate, supreme court, mayors and governors. The Ayala’s are not in the position to deny these individuals who belong in the government from buying properties.

Imagine that at this very moment you are reading this and all the houses with owners that have sits in the govt disappear in thin air – how many house units will be left in Ayala Alabang? Let us say that ayala alabang will be like empty plots of land like in Fairview or Rizal. That is how significant these home owners are to the Ayalas.

How about Forbes? The Napoles have properties in Forbes Park as well. Who developed Forbes Park in the 70s? The Ayalas. And the same home owners in ayala alabang can be found in forbes park. The explosions in the ayala properties were no coincidence. They used it as a platform to divert the attention of the masses so that local media will cover the explosion news instead of corruption expose’ involving key individuals from the congress and senate during those times.

Now they will do it again soon. But this time, it will be exactly similar like the MRT bombings and bus bombings like before – they will bomb the public. Once this happen, all news will be focused on the bombings and slowly the Napoles and all the congressmen and senators, and judges, and secretaries, and undersecretaries will slowly crawl in the dark, away from all of us, together with all their wealth.

Oh, havent i mentioned that Jenny has already moved her money from landbank, metrobank, bpi, banco de oro and consolidated all of their accounts to HSBC hong kong recently? Ooooppss.

Never mind the typos in his narration. He wrote an errata. At this point, some readers have written their own blogs about the blog just like what I am doing now.

I am thinking. How much does a Senator earn from all of these? I am clueless until Anonymous posted this:

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 9:27 PM
Those facts of blowing up buildings, bombing public transport and killing innocent civilians in the process is outrageous. Yes, it is beyond me how they do that. At what cost? Let’s do the math here and lets figure out why the philippines is still poor and why the congressmen, the senators will go as far as killing us all.

Currently, the philippine senate and congress is already drafting the budget for 2014 and it’s roughly Php2.3trillion. Yes, that is our country budget and that is made up of all the taxes that everyone paid. That is almost US$57.5B. That is a lot of zeros. Every year, the pork barrel allocates Php200M for EACH senator and Php70M for EACH member of the congress. There are:

24 Senators with 6-year terms maximum of 12-years
288 Members of Congress with 3-year terms maximum of 9-years
1 Senator x Php200M x 6yrs = Php1.2Billion per Senator for his full 6-year term.
1 Congressman x Php 70M x 3yrs = Php210M per Senator for his full 3-year term

Because all senators and congressmen are very patriotic and want to serve our country to their maxed out terms, let us do the math again:

Php1.2B x 2 = Php2.4B in 12-years pork barrel per senator
Php210M x 3 = Php630M in 9-years pork barrel per congressman

These are the amount of each senators and congressmen allocated to them in their respective tenures. Imagine the market value of this sector – the way Janet imagines it.

Because of companies like Janet, all the people that you vote use similar corporations like of Janet to steal money from the people’s coffer – from you, from us. Just imagine the huge amount once they’ve get a hold of their budget. Now think deeply why our country is still a mess. Can you now see the whole picture why our country is still poor? Why you, the reader of this blog, works so hard yet you save nothing?

This has been happening since the times of Marcos. The only difference is, during Ferdinand’s time, he’s the only thief and his cronies so the effect is the country doesn’t notice that they are “poor”. When Apo was ousted, EVERYONE sitting in power is a thief. Now the country can definitely feel poverty.
The figures listed above remain as the key motivator to Janet Napoles. That is why she is reach. That is why ALL members of the congress are filthy reach, That is why ALL senators are filthier. The sad fact is, there are numerous companies similar to Napoles that operates as we speak. Then why is Janet so popular? Because her company is generous to the greedy congressmen and senators, her company is the only one that can afford to give as high as 85% cash-on-hand off from their allocated budgets. Other companies similar to Jo-Chris Trading and JLN Corporation can only go as high as 65%.

Close your eyes now and imagine a senator gets 85% of Php2.4B. Now think about why ramon revilla – bong revilla, the arroyos, enrile, lacson, estradas and all of them are still in power, one generation to the other.

Open your eyes and reach to your pocket – how much do you have?

It hurts damn bad.

Anonymous addresses the skeptics. He reveals some more of the plans and the events that he foresee. Here, we get the idea how informed he is of the inside of Janet Napoles's lair:

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: yllor on Sep 05, 2013, 11:34 PM
paalala lang po: MAHABANG BASAHIN (continutation)...
_______________________________
REPOST LANG PO (credit from: ANONYMOUS INCORPORATED page)

TO ALL FILIPINO CONCERN CITIZENS: Give time to read, may cinasabi c ANONYMOUS na wla sa news. para atleast maiintindihan natin- d worst Philippine Politictian Pork Barel Scam.

.......
Anonymous says:
AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 9:54 PM
People in the internet challenges me if i have proof. No i do not.

But i can tell you that there are two metal safes inside JLN Corp.’s office at 2502 Discovery Suites in ortigas. One safe is inside Jimmy Napoles’ office and the other one is in Janet’s office. Their office also have a small storage room where all previous invoices and receipts that were never use during the past few years are being kept. If you, the reader can magically teleport yourself in that room, you will definitely find all the answers to your questions.

There is also a 5-drawer filing cabinet (metal and beige in color) in front of Janet’s office door where all files of each congressman, senators, mayors, governors, secretaries, undersecretaries, are nicely filed and named. Each folder contains copies of cheques, cash vouchers, petty cash vouchers, receipts of cash advances and bank account details for each transaction.

If by any chance that this blog has reached the Napoles family, they will move these safes and drawers outside their office ASAP. They will use the utility elevators located in the back of the building to transport the cabinets and all its contents. Once they reach the carpark, they will go to carpark slot number 1 to load these things. Janet owns carpark numbers 1, 2 and 3 at Discovery Suites. It is a good thing to also ask Jun Pareno, one of the big bosses of Discovery Suites, how he helps the Napoles family all throughout these years conducting VVIP services to some congressmen and senators as part of Janet’s perks to them using the hotel services.

Going back, those drawers will be moved in binan laguna in one of their houses there and everything will be burned. This has not happened yet. And if you, the readers, do nothing, once those drawers are out of the streets, there goes your evidence. Don’t let the local san juan police raid their office because that is part of their plan – to have the police storm their office and make it appear that everything is being seized. Of course, what safer way it is than to transport the cabinets escorted by law enforcement officers only to be burned after.

Clever. Very clever Janet indeed. Was it that Jinggoy’s idea or Gringo?

Now it appears to me like a script of an unfolding crime story. Another Anonymous person was compelled to share what little he knows:

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 11:31 PM
I would like to contribute to this blog.

The Napoles speak fluent Chabakano.

They are rich because they do business in both sides – opposition and coalition. They started poor in the 70s – 80s selling packed lunch (similar to jolly-jeep) at the premises of AFP since Jimmy is a Marine. Officer.

I don’t have a single clue where the f*ck they get the idea that they are into the coal mining business.
Janet and the female owner of AM-Europharma are BFFs. That explains their mansions in Laguna because AM-Europharma’s factory is in Laguna.

Eddie Badeo is effing naive. Everything she said is spot on and correct. But, all martyrs die in the end.

There are three siblings in the Lim family, Ronald Francisco Lim, Janet Francisco Lim, Reynald “Jojo” Luy Lim. “Jojo” is a half brother and Benhur Luy is related to Reynald. That’s why they could not kill Benhur when they still have a chance. But now they all wish him dead.

Jo-Christine Napoles is a graduate from St. Benilde. Her brother, James Napoles is also from Benilde.
Benhur is as guilty as Janet – they both became rich helping politicians steal from us.

Merlina Sunas is still poor and helpless. Janet used her all throughout these years. Save Merlina and let Benhur die.

Patayin na natin lahat ng mga kongressman at senador! at bantayan na ang mga airport dahil tumatakas na sila isa isa!

This is just one of the many calls for murder and the likes. I do not subscribe to this idea but for the sake of telling the story, I am reposting. There were suggestions that they tell what they know to Rappler.com, CNN, and other trusted media personality.

Our collective curiosity was upped by the revelations. Who are involved? Who are robbing us of our taxes. Anonymous answers:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: yllor on Sep 05, 2013, 11:47 PM
mahaba pa po.. basahin na lang dito sa link na ito...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=706154699411274&set=a.585729051453840.153733.100000502516849&type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=706154699411274&set=a.585729051453840.153733.100000502516849&type=1&theater)

_____

siguro naman yung iba ay nakita o nai-share na yung link na iyan...
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Sep 07, 2013, 02:21 PM
Di pa tapos ang laban.

Meron pa sa September 11 EDSA Vigil
    :boxing:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Sep 07, 2013, 07:09 PM
Palace: No guarantee cases stemming from ‘pork’ scam won’t drag on


http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/325438/news/nation/palace-no-guarantee-cases-stemming-from-pork-scam-won-t-drag-on



See this headline, and this is why I had been advocating a continuous shame campaign on all involve officials including their family and kins who have positions on our the gov't thru all types of media such as facebook, twitter, blogs until the pressure is unbearable.

If that does not stop them then we make sure non of them and their entire families would ever set foot on any positions no matter how small till three generations down their line.

In the end it had always been up to us the common citizen whether they stay in power or not.

Kung pwede lang sana makiisa ang publiko na tuwing Makita mga ito sa pampublikong lugar tapos sabay e "BOO!" o kaya sabihin "pera namin yan pang grocery mo!" sila maslalo na kung kasama buong pamilya.  Siguradong malaking impact yan para magsibitiw sa kahihiyaan. 
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Wills on Sep 10, 2013, 01:19 PM
Ako'y nakaupo sa loob ng kotse habang nagaantay sa aking anak, may dumaan na nagtitinda ng saging at dala ang anak(mukhang 3yrs old), ako'y napatingin at sabay sabi sa sarili:

"Mga hayup na politician ang titigas ng mukha niyo! Mga walang puso! Mabuti pa itong nagtitinda ng saging nagsisikap!"

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Sep 16, 2013, 12:45 PM
QC councilors have P40-M pork each!!!  :eek:
By Neal H. Cruz/Philippine Daily Inquirer

Do you know that Quezon City councilors have their own pork barrel, P40 million a year for each of them? There are 36 QC councilors. Multiply that by P40 million, and that would be a whopping P1.4 billion a year! Wow! See what the evil congressional pork barrel has done? The rot has spread, and is still spreading like a malignant tumor to other public officials. Now even barangay officials in QC are demanding their own pork.

The P40-million pork per councilor was given in the past administration. It is more than that now because the amount is a percentage of the city’s income. The bigger the income, the bigger the pork. That is why the new councilors, as soon as they came into power, added a 5-percent “housing tax” to the regular real estate tax. Easily, that’s several billion pesos in additional income for the city government, meaning, the councilors’ pork has also increased.

The additional 5-percent housing tax is supposed to be for the construction of housing projects for squatters, but three years have gone by and there is no mass housing for QC’s squatters. Where is all that money going? Obviously to the councilors, at least a part of it.

Although the additional tax is an additional burden to them, QC property owners pay the tax through the nose, thinking that with mass housing for squatters, their properties would be freed from the grip of squatters who have effectively stolen them. They thought wrong. The term of the current officials will end in less than three years and not a single hollow block of the mass housing project has been put in place. I ask again, what are they doing with all that money?

Worse, while City Hall is very slow in giving back the services that taxpayers ought to get in exchange for the taxes they pay—such as protecting their properties from illegal settlers—it is very quick in seizing and selling at public auctions properties that are delinquent in real estate tax payments. Curiously, the same group of buyers keeps winning in these auctions. They seem to have advance knowledge of the auctions. Not surprising, since they have been seen to be very chummy with top QC officials in control of the auctions.

City Hall is quick in seizing and selling at auctions the parks in private subdivisions. While it is the developers who are delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes, City Hall goes after the homeowners in the subdivisions, knowing that they have no chance in hell of paying the tens or hundreds of millions of real estates taxes that the developers did not pay through the years.

Not only that, City Hall lets the delinquency of the developers accumulate to tens or hundreds of millions of pesos without letting the homeowners know. Then suddenly, a buyer will turn up and tell the homeowners’ association that he has bought the subdivision’s park and will subdivide it into lots and sell them.

Under the law, the owner has one year to redeem the property sold at public auction. But how can an association of middle class homeowners pay for hundreds of millions of pesos in real estate taxes that a subdivision developer failed to pay? If a “Janet Lim-Napoles” is a homeowner in the village, maybe they can, but how many subdivisions can have a Janet Lim-Napoles in their midst? I advise all homeowners’ associations to inquire at City Hall if their developer is paying real estate taxes on their open spaces.

* * *

Back to the P40-million pork barrel of each QC councilor. What are the councilors doing with all that money? The districts of every councilor are small and already developed. And we see no projects at all except the “road reblocking” by contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways, which consists of tearing up the concrete of newly constructed streets and then pouring more concrete into the holes. Then an inch-thick layer of asphalt is laid over the concrete. The asphalt easily peels off with one heavy rain and flood, necessitating another multimillion-peso project for the contractor. The work never ends; the financial hemorrhage never ends, the taxpayers keep bleeding. On the other hand, the contractors and their partners in the DPWH keep laughing all the way to their banks.

Those road reblocking works are paid for by the DPWH, not by the district congressman nor councilor. So back to the question: What are the councilors doing with the P40-million pork for each of them every year? Is that fund being audited by the Commission on Audit (COA)? A special audit should be done by the COA, not by the internal auditors.  The internal auditors usually share in the spoils. If the city council or the board of directors of a government corporation give themselves new cars paid for by taxpayers, internal auditors also get cars. COA should make a lifestyle check on their auditors.

In the past, the councilors’ pork went to waiting sheds with the name of the councilor painted in big, bold letters on the roof of the shed. Or to the concrete pillars at the boundary of each district, with the name of the councilor carved in concrete as if it were the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses. The pork also went to basketball courts erected in the middle of streets. And to barangay halls erected on sidewalks, thus denying pedestrians sidewalks to walk on.  And to epals, those posters and tarpaulins with the names of councilors on them,  greeting the people with “Happy Fiesta” and “Congratulations graduates” and “Happy Birthday Ka Erdie.” With Christmas fast approaching, expect a flood of “Merry Christmas” greetings, from councilors, to pollute our streets again. All those  epals  are paid for with taxpayers’ money, not by the councilors whose names are advertised.

 :mad: :rant:

Derived from: http://opinion.inquirer.net/61217/qc-councilors-have-p40-m-pork-each#ixzz2f1kMOEwK (http://opinion.inquirer.net/61217/qc-councilors-have-p40-m-pork-each#ixzz2f1kMOEwK)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Sep 17, 2013, 05:33 PM
Another twist. please verify.

NAPOLES HAD LUNCH AT PALACE BEFORE SHE SURRENDERED TO PNOY'

 By Francisco Kit Tatad | Opinion


 | Manila Standard Today
.September 16, 2013 at 8:30am


These are some of the questions:

What is the real relationship between the President and his trusted Cabinet members with Napoles?

 How long has Aquino known her and been dealing with her? The photographs showing Aquino with the young Jeanne Napoles and with the Napoles family—purportedly taken in Cebu—may not mean very much on their own, but they tend to assume some evidentiary value in light of the six-hour meeting, the state-guest treatment, including a “handcuffs-free” arrest, of Napoles during and after her “surrender.”

 Is Aquino a beneficiary or a benefactor of Napoles or both? How true are reports that she contributed P500 million to his 2010 presidential campaign, and at least P100 million to the Liberal Party 2013 senatorial campaign? Does Malacanan control Napoles, or does she control Malacanan?

 Is Lacierda in particular Napoles’s real handler and protector? Although Lacierda has tried to make the public believe that his contact with Napoles was only through Atty. Kapunan, her lawyer, she appeared in Malacañang for the closed-door meeting with Aquino, Roxas and the others without Kapunan, but only with the presidential spokesman.

 Does this mean Lacierda had direct access to and contact with Napoles during all the time she was supposed to be in hiding? Does it also mean that Lacierda guaranteed Napoles legal advice, in the absence of Kapunan?

 Why was Secretary De Lima kept out of the “negotiations” on Napoles’ “surrender”? Wasn’t she the first one to officially suggest that Napoles might in fact surrender and act as a “state witness” in the expected cases of plunder? Is there any reason to suggest that Malacañang was, in fact, pissed off when the NBI decided to build a case against Napoles, with De Lima’s full approval?

 What about the P10-million bounty? Wasn’t it merely a ploy to make it appear that Malacañang was intent on having Napoles arrested, even though she was free to sit in private conversation with the President and his trusted advisers?

https://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/denice-alison-sundiam/napoles-had-lunch-at-palace-before-she-surrendered-to-pnoy-by-francisco-kit-tata/10151575271671780

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Post by: Prospera on Sep 18, 2013, 04:05 PM
@r4k3t_m4n: Heto daw ang comment ni JLN tungkol sa QC pork...

According to Inquirer columnist Neal Cruz, each councilor in Quezon City receives 40 million pesos in pork barrel funds per year. And Janet Napoles was like, “Syet, bakit hindi ako na-inform?!?”

More at http://professionalheckler.wordpress.com/ (http://professionalheckler.wordpress.com/)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Usman on Sep 18, 2013, 05:02 PM
Another twist. please verify.

NAPOLES HAD LUNCH AT PALACE BEFORE SHE SURRENDERED TO PNOY'

 By Francisco Kit Tatad | Opinion


 | Manila Standard Today
.September 16, 2013 at 8:30am


These are some of the questions:

What is the real relationship between the President and his trusted Cabinet members with Napoles?

 How long has Aquino known her and been dealing with her? The photographs showing Aquino with the young Jeanne Napoles and with the Napoles family—purportedly taken in Cebu—may not mean very much on their own, but they tend to assume some evidentiary value in light of the six-hour meeting, the state-guest treatment, including a “handcuffs-free” arrest, of Napoles during and after her “surrender.”

 Is Aquino a beneficiary or a benefactor of Napoles or both? How true are reports that she contributed P500 million to his 2010 presidential campaign, and at least P100 million to the Liberal Party 2013 senatorial campaign? Does Malacanan control Napoles, or does she control Malacanan?

 Is Lacierda in particular Napoles’s real handler and protector? Although Lacierda has tried to make the public believe that his contact with Napoles was only through Atty. Kapunan, her lawyer, she appeared in Malacañang for the closed-door meeting with Aquino, Roxas and the others without Kapunan, but only with the presidential spokesman.

 Does this mean Lacierda had direct access to and contact with Napoles during all the time she was supposed to be in hiding? Does it also mean that Lacierda guaranteed Napoles legal advice, in the absence of Kapunan?

 Why was Secretary De Lima kept out of the “negotiations” on Napoles’ “surrender”? Wasn’t she the first one to officially suggest that Napoles might in fact surrender and act as a “state witness” in the expected cases of plunder? Is there any reason to suggest that Malacañang was, in fact, pissed off when the NBI decided to build a case against Napoles, with De Lima’s full approval?

 What about the P10-million bounty? Wasn’t it merely a ploy to make it appear that Malacañang was intent on having Napoles arrested, even though she was free to sit in private conversation with the President and his trusted advisers?

https://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/denice-alison-sundiam/napoles-had-lunch-at-palace-before-she-surrendered-to-pnoy-by-francisco-kit-tata/10151575271671780



I just don't trust Tatad.
I don't believe in this holy hypocrite and Marcos minion.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: palailai on Sep 18, 2013, 05:08 PM
scrap...all politico cannot be trusted...
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Sep 19, 2013, 11:25 PM
I got this from a post in facebook, interesting.....




Mula po kay MS. IVY LISA F. MENDOZA

https://www.facebook.com/ivylisa.mendoza


"Should people believe a person like Kit Tatad who could lie with a straight face for Ferdinand Marcos during his years as Macoy's Information Secretary? In his column today that ''recounts'' the alleged six-hour lunch meeting of PNOY with Napoles, Tatad wrote "On Aug. 28, between 2 pm and 3:30 pm, Aquino stepped out three times to meet some official callers, then finally left for an unknown destination.'' This person is obviously lying because on August 28, I was in Malacanang to receive my Gawad Apolinario Mabini Award, together with many others, and PNoy was with us the whole time from about 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. --unless it was Willie Nepomuceno who handed out our awards!! Boohooo, try again, Mr. Tatad!!"




Prior to the pork scandal,  manila standard also has RIGOBERTO TIGLAO as a opinion writer who is very critical to the Aquino administration, now if anyone can still remember him he is an arroyo spokesperson during her term like lacierda does now. 



Under the Arroyo administration Rigoberto Tiglao held the following positions:

Presidential Spokesman/Press Secretary (2001–2002)
Presidential Chief of Staff  (2002–2004)
Presidential Management Staff (2004–2006)




Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Prospera on Sep 20, 2013, 09:33 AM
My curiosity got the better of me after I heard about this from the radio, so I googled this opinion piece written by Manila Standard EIC, Jojo Robles. (The paper, btw, also published Kit Tatad's controversial column.) Not sure what to make of this, but it does raise a number of disturbing questions.

I think it makes sense for the Senate to continue its hearings on the pork-barrel scam even though there are those who argue against it now that the case has been filed with the Ombudsman. I really wish we'll get to see Janet Napoles take the stand and hear what this woman  has to say about this can of worms she unleashed.

http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/09/19/jennys-work-for-noy-1/ (http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/09/19/jennys-work-for-noy-1/)






Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Sep 20, 2013, 10:24 AM
@r4k3t_m4n: Heto daw ang comment ni JLN tungkol sa QC pork...
According to Inquirer columnist Neal Cruz, each councilor in Quezon City receives 40 million pesos in pork barrel funds per year. And Janet Napoles was like, “Syet, bakit hindi ako na-inform?!?”
More at http://professionalheckler.wordpress.com/ (http://professionalheckler.wordpress.com/)

Mam Prospera, super natawa naman ako dun sa link na binigay nyo ("Exclusive: Napoles Breaks Silence") as well as the other articles in the blogsite lol.  As in ang galing ng pagkakasulat! Share lang naten ung ilang excerpts from the Pork ng Ina Nyo (O, Loko) article:

ON SEPTEMBER 16, Monday, 38 people were charged with either plunder, malversation of funds, direct bribery or graft and corrupt practices. Again, that’s 38 people. Secretary De Lima called the day “historic.” Defense lawyers called it “job fair.”

Juan Ponce Enrile did not show up at the Senate last Monday. According to Jinggoy Estrada, the 89-year-old lawmaker was hospitalized. Estrada said it was high blood pressure. The public suspected it was a ‘dry run.’

Reports say around 750,000 pages of documents and evidence were turned over by the Department of Justice to the Office of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman vows to file charges before the Sandiganbayan as soon as possible. President Aquino’s term ends in two and a half years. They don’t have much time. To which Enrile said, “Lalo naman ako!”


 :hihi:   :rofl:
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Sep 21, 2013, 06:30 PM
I just read a newline that pnoy plans to reveal the financier of the zamboanga siege after it is over.  I won't be surprise if any of those implicated in the pork scandal had something to do with it.  The rumor had been circulating around the net for a while.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: kobabear on Sep 21, 2013, 07:33 PM
I hope the WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT. Di lang pag nakakasira sa opposition bilis ilabas pero pag involved ang administration personalities, tahimik agad malacanang. The truth will set us free.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: r4k3t_m4n on Sep 23, 2013, 01:18 AM
Ang suspetsa ng lahat ay nangyayari na: start na ng laglagan!   :hihi:

Gigi Reyes: Betrayal of Enrile’s camp
By Juliet L. Javellana / Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 22, 2013

Lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, the once powerful former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile expressed hurt over the statement of Enrile’s lawyer that showed his camp was distancing itself from her role in the pork barrel scam.

“THE WORST BLOW HAS JUST BEEN DEALT UPON ME BY LESS THAN THE CAMP OF SENATOR JUAN PONCE ENRILE—THE MAN I SERVED WITH FULL DEDICATION, HONESTY AND LOYALTY FOR 25 YEARS,” an ABS-CBN report quoted what it said was Reyes’ statement posted in her Facebook account. That portion of the statement was in all caps for emphasis. “If indeed these statements are sanctioned by or coming from my former boss, then nothing can be worse than this kind of betrayal.”

Enrile’s lawyer Enrique de la Cruz had said earlier that Enrile did not give his blessings to what Reyes had done in the releases of his pork barrel funds. Enrile was among the three senators whom the National Bureau of Investigation had charged for plunder in the P10-billion pork barrel scam engineered by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Reyes, who had been called the 25th senator because of the power and influence she had when Enrile was Senate President, was also charged by the NBI with plunder.  She left the country on Aug. 31 before the NBI filed the cases in the Ombudsman. Reyes, according to the report, said “this very tragic development is beyond my comprehension.” Reyes was quoted in the report as saying the last time she spoke with Enrile was from abroad and that he told her they would face the charges together.

“He maintained that he will stand by the authority he issued to me and that all I did was faithful and pursuant to his instructions. He even told me to be strong; that we will fight together to prove the accusations against us are false and fabricated,” Reyes was quoted as saying in her Facebook post. “I never once thought that this day would come. I never stepped on anyone’s toes nor abused my position in all the years I served in the Senate. But I have earned the bitter ire and enmity of some people by and large because and in defense of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile,” she said. Enrile had described Reyes, who served him for 25 years, as his eyes and ears.

Reyes said she left the country “to seek some peace and quiet amid the barrage of adverse and downright insulting publicity and commentary against me in the mainstream and social media.” She hit the Inquirer for allegedly having an “ax to grind” against her and for being “especially cruel.” Reyes resigned as Enrile’s chief of staff in late January after the Inquirer exposed Enrile’s distribution of extra cash gifts to senators friendly to him. Enrile later resigned the Senate presidency himself after defending himself from that controversy.

Letter from Reyes

Inquirer had obtained a copy of a letter of  Reyes, then chief of staff Enrile, dated Feb. 4, 2008, addressed to then Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap informing him that Enrile had allotted P25 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National AgriBusiness Corp. (Nabcor).

“The PDAF is for the implementation of various agribusiness, livelihood projects in different municipalities as per attached special allotment release order,” Reyes said in her letter.
“We wish to implement these projects through Nabcor as attached agency of DA (Department of Agriculture),” she said.

In the same letter, Reyes said that her deputy chief of staff, Jose Antonio Evangelista, was assigned the authority “to sign and follow up the project to ensure proper and timely implementation.” Another document showed Evangelista’s letter to then Nabcor president Allan Javellana informing him that Enrile’s office was designating the People’s Organization Progress and Development Foundation (POPDF) as the implementing NGO for the project that would be financed with Enrile’s pork.

The letter said the POFDF, an agency controlled by Napoles, was “a duly registered nongovernment organization” and should be “your conduit in the implementation of the said project.” A stamp on the document showed that Nabcor received Evangelista’s letter on Feb. 11, 2008, and was paid on March 11, 2008. A handwritten check number appears on the lower part of the letter.

This sad, sad political drama will continue..

 :boxing:

Derived from: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/492343/gigi-reyes-betrayal-of-enriles-camp
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: yllor on Sep 23, 2013, 01:31 AM
hole in the wall!!!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Sep 27, 2013, 08:55 AM
Its a bit unrelated to the topic but this piece of news is just one of the many reasons why politicians such as enrile, Belmonte and not to trust those pretentious religious organization using gods name to self promote themselves as his authorized representatives needs to be remove as soon as possible and politicians most hated bills like anti dynasty law and FOI needs to be passed.

Remember port Irene from the illegal black sands mining issue that cant be resolve or years ago the issue of illegal importation of hot cars?  are also controlled by the enriles.

3 Kings’ of customs dethroned in revamp


September 27th, 2013

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/496017/3-kings-of-customs-dethroned-in-revamp



may look like a promotion but 27 senior officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC)—among them the “Three Kings”—are not really happy about their transfer from the country’s major ports to the Department of Finance’s (DOF) revenue generation group.

This was disclosed to the Inquirer on Thursday by at least two collectors as well as an aide of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.

The sources asked not to be identified for lack of authority to speak to the media.

According to the sources, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima has forwarded a customs personnel order (CPO) for Biazon’s signature assigning all collectors 5 and 6 to the DOF cluster on revenue generation.

The cluster is headed by Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares.

The move was sanctioned by Malacañang and is part of the reform program at the BOC, according to the Inquirer sources.

Powerful backers

“But there’s a problem,” one of the collectors said. “The Department of Finance made it appear the latest personnel reconfiguration was Commissioner Biazon’s idea, who had no recourse but sign the CPO.”

Among the district collectors covered by the DOF directive are the so-called “Three Kings”—Rogel Gatchalian of the Port of Manila, Ricardo Belmonte of Manila International Container Port (MICP) and Carlos So of the customs office at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The three revenue collectors have been dubbed “kings” reportedly because they have three powerful political backers.

Gatchalian is supposedly backed by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and So by Iglesia ni Cristo. Belmonte, on the other hand, is the brother of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Mother units

As of this writing, Biazon was in a closed-door meeting with several customs collectors at the BOC headquarters in Manila’s South Harbor.

Biazon earlier issued a CPO directing the district collectors, including Gatchalian, Belmonte and So, and other agency personnel to return to their mother units.

Gatchalian was supposed to remain as collector at the Port of Manila, his mother unit. Belmonte and So were supposed to move back to the Port of Cebu and MICP.

Earlier, Biazon announced that three other district collectors would be retained at their posts. They were Tomas Alcid of the Port of Batangas, Fidel Villanueva of the Port of San Fernando, La Union, and Elvie Cruz of the Limay and Mariveles ports in Bataan.

Palace nominees

Last week, Biazon welcomed “any new Malacañang appointees” to the bureau, saying he was ready to work with them anytime.

Previous reports said Purisima had recommended retired Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Jessie Dellosa and four others for deputy commissioner posts at the BOC.

Purisima reportedly endorsed Dellosa to be customs deputy commissioner for intelligence and enforcement.

Purisima also nominated Trinidad Rodriguez, executive director of the National Tax Research Center, and Myrna Chua, director of the Department of Budget and Management, to replace deputy commissioners Peter Manzano and Juan Lorenzo Tañada.

Two others, Agaton Teodoro Uvero and Primo Aguas, have been recommended by Purisima to take over the posts currently held by Prudencio Reyes, chief of the BOC’s assessment and operations coordinating group, and Ma. Caridad Manarang, chief of the BOC management information system.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Sep 28, 2013, 10:33 AM
The good news in connection to the above post!



27 customs collectors moved to ghost office



By Jerry E. Esplanada
Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:06 am | Saturday, September 28th, 2013  8 665 639





“Shocked, at a loss and very disappointed, to say the least.”

This was how two senior customs officials described how they felt on learning about their impending transfer to what they called the “non-existent Customs Policy Research Office,” or CPRO, at the Department of Finance head office.

“All 27 of us are actually being placed on floating status,” one of the collectors said, adding that the CPRO “has no budget, no staff, no objectives, and no guidelines to speak of.”

“In effect, it’s a demotion,” another customs source lamented. “Imagine, from port revenue collection managers, we’re now being tasked to do research work,” added the source who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak to the media.

Twenty-seven senior district collectors of the Bureau of Customs—including the so-called “Three Kings”—have been reassigned from the DOF-attached agency to the CPRO.

 


‘Out of sync’

The Inquirer on Friday tried but failed to reach Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon for comment on the issue.

The BOC head was described as being “out of sync” and seemingly frantic and confused (hilong talilong) about the BOC reshuffle.

According to sources, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima forwarded for Biazon’s signature a customs personnel order (CPO) assigning all collectors 5 and 6 to the DOF cluster on revenue generation headed by Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares.




No recourse

Sources said the move was sanctioned by Malacañang and was part of the reform program at the BOC, but that “the DOF had made it appear that the (revamp) was the idea of Commissioner Biazon who had no recourse but sign the CPO.”

Transferred were Rogel Gatchalian, Carlos So, Eduard de la Cuesta, Ricardo Belmonte, Adelina Molina, Ronnie Silvestre, Macabantug Mandangan, Priscilla Bauzon, Imelda Cruz, Ma. Sonia Togonon, Lilibeth Sandag, Raymond Ventura, Teresita Roque, Ma. Liza Torres, Maritess Martin, Arnel Alcaraz, Tomas Alcid, Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang, Francis Agustin Erpe, Rogelio Villagracia, Marieta Zamoranos, Juan Tan, Carmelita Talusan, Arefiles Carreon, Rustum Pacardo, Romalino Valdez, and Talek Pablo.


 
Powerful backers

BOC insiders dubbed “Three Kings” Gatchalian, So and Belmonte, district collectors of the Port of Manila, the BOC office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Manila International Container Port, reportedly because they have powerful political backers.

Sources said Gatchalian was backed by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, while So and Belmonte had the Iglesia ni Cristo and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, respectively, behind them.

Said the BOC source: “The question now is who will take over our posts? Those next in rank?… There’s talk some people from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, if not appointees of Purisima will take over our posts… Let’s see how this (revamp) would affect the bureau’s revenue collections and the BOC service in general.”

Reports said Purisima had recommended retired Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Jessie Dellosa and four others to the deputy commissioner posts at the BOC.

Aside from Dellosa, the finance chief also endorsed Trinidad Rodriguez, executive director of the National Tax Research Center, director Myrna Chua of the Department of Budget and Management, customs and trade expert Agaton Teodoro Uvero, and Primo Aguas.

The BOC was among the three government agencies called out for their lackluster performance by President Aquino during his State of the Nation Address in July, along with the Bureau of Immigration and the National Irrigation Administration.

The President however did not accept Biazon’s offer to resign after the scolding.

In the CPO, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer, Biazon quoted Section 3 of Executive Order No. 140, series of 2013 as the basis for transferring the senior port collectors from the BOC to the CPRO under the DOF.



Power blocs

Biazon had earlier told the Inquirer that the customs revamp “will not be influenced by politicians and other power blocs.”

The customs chief added: “The reshuffle’s other objective is to remove port collectors from their comfort zones… It will not be limited to port collectors but would also cover deputy collectors, appraisers, examiners and people involved in cargo clearance operations,” among others.

Last week, Biazon said he welcomed “any new Malacañang appointees” to the bureau and was “ready to work with them anytime.”

Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: ric_TNT on Sep 28, 2013, 01:09 PM
As they are fully aware and knowledgeable in all technicalities as far as customs operations is concerned, then research is the best place where they can brainstorm in order to minimize corruption.

That is, if they would cooperate. Kasi sa laki na ng kinita nila, most likely kahit mag resign na sila, hindi na sila maghihirap.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: ferrariEverest on Sep 28, 2013, 01:14 PM
Hindi na sila maghihirap kung
a. ma-manage nila ng maayos pera nila
b. hindi bawiin sa kanila yung mga nakurakot nila

Good to see you back, Sir ric! (are you back or simply lurking?)
Title: Re: Ang Pasabog ni Sen. Dinggoy
Post by: rds on Oct 06, 2013, 02:21 PM
May Pasabog daw si Sen. Dinggoy!

Ayun sumabog nga --- sa mukha nya.

Naghahanap ng kadamay sa senado at palasyo para mabaling yung atensyon ng isyu ng PDAF sa iba! Isiniwalat yung DAP.

Akala nya kasi yung DAP personal na suhol sa kanya, kaya ibinulsa (gaya ng PDAF nya), inakalang ganun din ang ginawa ng ibang senador, tapos isiniwalat sa publiko - akala nya may kadamay na sya --- yun pala sila pa rin (nina Revilla, Marcos at Sotto) ang bumulsa!

I give him an A - for Eyfort and being consistent!
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: vicces on Nov 19, 2013, 01:58 PM
Breaking:
SC voted 14-0-1 declaring PDAF unconstitutional.

SC directs gov't to investigate, prosecute officials, individuals for possible criminal offenses related to misuse of pork barrel funds

^nangangatog na mga itlog nila tanda, pogi at sexy... ;)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: singkit_1588 on Nov 19, 2013, 02:52 PM
MANILA, Philippines—Voting 14-0, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declared as unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel.”

In the decision authored by Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe, the high court declared as unconstitutional the entire 2013 PDAF.

The high court also nullifies “all legal provisions of past and present Congressional Pork Barrel laws, such as the previous PDAF and Countrywide Development Fund (CDF) articles and the various Congressional Insertions, which authorize/d legislators-whether individually or collectively organized into committees—to intervene, assume or participate in any of the various post-enactment stages of the budget execution.”

At the same time, the high court also nullified the laws that provided lawmakers lump-sum allocations to fund their chosen projects.

“All informal practices of similar import and effect, which the Court similarly deems to be acts of grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of discretion,” are also declared void.

“Accordingly the Court’s temporary injunction dated Sept. 10, 2013 is hereby declared to be permanent. Thus, the disbursement/release of the remaining PDAF funds allocated for the year 2013, as well as for all previous years…are hereby enjoined,” the high court said.

The high court ordered the Department of Justice and the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate and file the needed cases against all government officials as well as private individuals involved in the improper disbursement of PDAF.

Among those who separately petitioned the court to scrap the PDAF system are losing senatorial candidates Samson Alcantara and Greco Belgica.

Petitioners pointed out that the system on discretionary funds of both Congress and Malacañang violated the constitutional limits given to the executive and the legislative because they were able to spend money beyond what was approved by Congress “since these are lump sum funds.”

On the other hand, the government through the Office of the Solicitor General said the high court has upheld the constitutionality of the PDAF system in previous cases, including LAMP vs. DBM.
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: vicces on Nov 27, 2013, 06:30 PM

Sen. Enrile just delivered his privileged speech this afternoon.. akala ko naman may pasabog sya tungkol sa PDAF.. bubweltahan lang pala si sen. miriam.. sasagot daw si Miriam next week... yun na lang yata ang purpose ng priv speech, to have a captive audience for their word war... and they are getting paid taxpayer's money just to slander each other? :taaskilay:

http://raissarobles.com/2013/11/27/senator-enrile-delivers-a-vicious-factual-speech-against-his-colleague/ (http://raissarobles.com/2013/11/27/senator-enrile-delivers-a-vicious-factual-speech-against-his-colleague/)
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Nov 27, 2013, 07:36 PM
If it keeps the issue alive im all for it.

It would be bad if the public lost interest on this which is what distractions like the zamboanga siege,  the dap issue and the blame game on the administration slow reaction response on the typhoon incident is all about.  To have the publics attention away from these thieving senators.

   
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: AMARANTH on Jan 07, 2014, 07:53 PM
Dear Senator Jinggoy


Dr Margarita Holmes

 01/06/2014



I am sorry if this piece, responding to your September 25 privilege speech last year, is later than many written more eloquently, better steeped in political history and much sooner than this. (IMHO, any on the subject written by Dr Randy David in his “Public Lives” column, or by Conrad de Quiros in his column “There’s the Rub.”)

But perhaps my timing isn’t all that bad either. Misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF seems to have followed the pattern of so many other political scandals in the Philippines: enough outrage to make a difference, but before anything substantial can get off the ground, another story gets all the attention. It’s as if we have energy for only one indignant groundswell at a time.

Take this latest Binay brouhaha. It almost seems like you got the entire Binay PR machinery to work for you instead of for them!! Or was this just the proverbial manna from heaven?

Admittedly, the Binay story has legs and will probably go round the block a few more times. And yes, that’s a mixed metaphor. But my excuse is, the hodgepodge you have deliberately made of your contribution to the PDAF scandal (not to mention the contribution to what is suspected to be your groaning bank accounts) is an even bigger mixed metaphor than that.



Selective justice?

Take one of your most quoted statements from that speech: “And selective justice is no justice at all.” I have 3 questions regarding your use of the word selective.

Do you mean selective in the way selective prosecution is defined by Wikipedia: a “procedural defense in which a defendant argues that he should not be held criminally liable for breaking the law, as the criminal justice system discriminated against him by choosing to prosecute. In a claim of selective prosecution, a defendant essentially argues that it is irrelevant whether he is guilty of violating a law, but that the fact of being prosecuted is based upon forbidden reasons. Such a claim might, for example, entail an argument that persons of different age, race, religion, or gender, were engaged in the same illegal actions for which the defendant is being tried and were not prosecuted, and that the defendant is only being prosecuted because of a bias.”

A bit ironic, that. With all due respect, I would go so far as to say that if ever selective prosecution were involved in the past as far as you were concerned, chances are it would have worked in your favor. You were elected as a lawmaker, and like many of your fellow lawmakers, could attempt, if you wished, to more easily massage existing laws to your own advantage.

But I hope the evidence dug up by the Commission on Audit (COA) will be enough to defeat any of the lawyers you hire. What evidence do I mean? Well, for starters, that among all the lawmakers’ fund releases, including PDAF, from 2007 to 2009, the allocations under the names of Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla, and Estrada repeatedly went to NGOs that Napoles runs either directly or through dummies and that 3 lawmakers alone – Senators Enrile, Revilla, and you – have already given a total of P1.23 billion to these same Napoles NGOs. (Source: COA special audit of lawmakers' releases, including PDAF, from 2007-2009)

Wow. What could a billion pesos, released for this country's betterment, have done kaya if actually used as intended? Made some public schools equal to, if not even better than, private schools? Funded a hospital or two so that people from far-flung provinces no longer have to walk over an hour to get help? Implemented laws more effectively so that people like the Ampatuans, Macapagal-Arroyos, Joc Joc Bolantes would actually be tried and even perhaps convicted. As far as I can see, all the Napoles NGOs you allegedly put your money in have done nothing with it except line the pockets of those who ran it and whoever they may have rewarded for such bounty.

I don’t see why the COA, justice department, and Office of the Ombudsman should be accused of being selective just because it started by indicting all 3 of you first.



Limited

This brings me to my second point: All justice is selective. If truth be told, everything is selective if you want to achieve anything at all. A basic tenet of cognitive psychology is that a person’s attention is a limited resource.

Anyone with the slightest knowledge of neuroscience will tell you that every cognitive effort requires energy. Too much effort disbursed on too many things leads to brain fatigue; and brain fatigue causes problems in making correct decisions and making sure evidence, and not strong feelings of outrage (while perfectly understandable given your supposed theft, is the basis for prosecution).

The alleged magnitude of your 2007-2009 actions is staggering enough. Can you imagine the brain fatigue the COA, Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Office of the Ombudsman would have if they simultaneously tried to indict all of you, plus all the other senators and congressmen who allegedly diverted funds the way you allegedly did. If indicting the 3 of you first is the best way to make sure justice is achieved, well, why not?

Finally, there is my 3rd point, which I bring up if only to show that you yourself are guilty of what you accused others to be. To paraphrase Asian Institute of Management professor Edilberto de Jesus’s brilliant article, you missed the chance “to confront the evidence” (which you claimed you wanted to do from the get go).

You could have explained why you selected the Napoles NGOs to receive your (or rather, our) funds. Not only were you unable, you did not even bother to confront the evidence by giving the reasons you selected the Napoles NGOs. You selected not to try and convince us that these NGOs were outstanding in helping your constituents, rather than outstanding for their generous kickbacks.

If you had used your privilege speech the way you had said you would, confronting the evidence and thus making mincemeat of the COA special audit of lawmakers' releases, hells bells, many of us in the million dollar march would’ve cheered, instead of reviled you.

Instead, your selected strategy was distraction: “Maybe if I threw enough dirt on others, people would forget my own.”



No aim

To use a cultural analogy, your privilege speech was like the urination of a man with an uncircumcised penis (supot). According to folklore, one of the major reasons to be circumcised is that women do not like men who are supot; and a major reason for that dislike is that bathrooms become more difficult to clean as supot men cannot, as the Brits would say, effectively “point Percy at the porcelain.” Instead, supot men spray pee everywhere.

Among all the many people you could’ve accused, you selected a choice few, including President Aquino. A good move, that. By selecting PNoy, you derailed many from focusing on your alleged criminal liability.

You were sensible enough to choose PNoy because, as is well known, any criticism of a sitting president is a publicity magnet. This is a tried and tested method to deflect criticism. Any president makes good copy. In addition, and there are many people who dislike PNoy, for reasons with and without basis.

But whatever you say about the Aquino government, it was only his administration that made it possible for the COA to submit their findings, for the DOJ to file plunder charges against you.

Oh yes, you may distract with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the P50 million for each “convict” decision in the Renato Corona case, etc. And you may well be right that all this must be looked into and questioned. And if heads should roll the way yours might, then so be it. But selective justice not being any justice at all? I say selective, schmelective.

It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. We Filipinos have to start somewhere. Indicting the three of you is, at least, taking the first step in trying to deal with the monumental corruption in our government. Making sure you 3 get punished, the way an ordinary person would were justice not selective, would be an excellent second step. – Rappler.com
Title: Re: PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?
Post by: Rothschild on Jun 29, 2014, 05:01 PM
humanda kayo sa pagbabalik ng panday!