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PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?

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WITH THE WIDE SPREAD ABUSE OF THE PORK BARREL, DO YOU THINK IT'S TIME TO SCRAP IT?

YES
23 (92%)
NO
2 (8%)

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kobabear

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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.....


singkit_1588

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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..?



kobabear

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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.


singkit_1588

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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>?


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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. 

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kobabear

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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.


kobabear

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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.”




Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/456059/santiago-seeks-gradual-abolition-of-pork-barrel#ixzz2acBuhhVk
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jupiterjones888

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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!


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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.

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singkit_1588

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i-abolished na yan..
kaso sinong congressman or senators ang favor jan except kay santiago.????


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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


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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.


kobabear

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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


r4k3t_m4n

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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)


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‘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.


yllor

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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.


kobabear

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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



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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!


kobabear

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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.


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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..


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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


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minsan naiisip ko sana tinuloy ko na yung foundation ko. sana naka-limousine na ako


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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.







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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.


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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





kobabear

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If the most powerful man in the Philippines cannot do anything about this KABABUYAN (pun intended), then God help us.  :help:


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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.


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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.


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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.






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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


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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


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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:


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^ he he he natawa ako sa hirit mo sir ah. matindi talaga corruption satin. Napoles nagtago na!


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Me warrant of arrest na si Napoles...

Pero pano yung mga sangkot na lawmakers?

Ganun na lang?  Wala na?   

Kawawang Pilipinas!



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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?


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Kung may kapangyarihan lang ako ni Magneto lahat ng Missile at granada sa pilipinas sa malacanang ko tetestingin kung nakamamatay talaga...


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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.



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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?


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'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


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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. 
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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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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


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^ high profile resignations... mangyari rin kaya sa Pilipinas?

sana nga malinis din ang Pinas.


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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


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^ 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:


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Meron na rin tayong mga:

Provincial Boar Members
Karneng Baboy Lamang - KBL


 :harhar:


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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.

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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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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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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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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


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Freefront,

You don't like Lacson? can you elaborate pls? thank you


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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............
« Last Edit: Aug 20, 2013, 10:58 AM by freefront »


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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:



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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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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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LangYa ang titigas ng mukha! Dapat magkaroon ng malawakang rally!


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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...




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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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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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Try nyong tangalin ang government para wala nang pork barrel! Tagal nang issue nyan eh.


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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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