Monday, June 3, 2013
Pork Barrel System in the Philippines
I have read a number of articles and comments about the pork barrel system in the Philippines. All comments indicate that this is the main source of corruption of the majority of the Pinoy Politicians ( REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS). In the Philippines, legislators are allocated large sums of the annual national budget (200 million pesos for each senator and 70 million for each representative) in a program called the Priority Development Assistance Fund.
One of the comments that attracted my attention is as follows: I am posting it verbatim.
"I think it is time to get rid off this pork barrel of money for the Philippines politicians . They never use them to improve the Filipinos lives. They are only interested into politics because of these pork barrel of money. They just keep it to themselves. They never use the money to build proper bridges, never use to build proper roads, no proper schools because the money being corrupted for themselves. They use the money to buy houses abroad, to buy properties around the world, to use to party every single week, to give these money to all brat kids politicians, deposited the money outside the Philippines, use the money to travel around the world ,some of them use the money to build hotels in the Philippines for themselves, they use the money for their own business, etc., so we should abolish them ".
Do You agree? Do you think this really can happen? My personal feeling is hell will freeze first before the pork barrel system in the Philippines is eliminated. Your comments will be appreciated.
Personal Note: Yesterday, we had guests from Marinduque. The couple was in Marinduque last election. As dual citizens, they did vote last election. I asked our guests what incidents related to the election that they can not forget. The open and blatant vote buying in both parties. But the champion vote buyers were the winners. This observation supports my contention that you will never win an election in Marinduque if you do not buy votes. Most of the voters expect to be paid for their votes, according to our guests. If I were the voters, I will just accept the money and vote for the opponents of the bribers.