Aug 042013
Malacañang on Sunday challenged militant lawmakers who are calling for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, commonly known as pork barrel, to explain why they availed of their share in the first place.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte gave this reply to the House of Representatives’ Makabayan bloc, which called for the unconditional abolition of the pork barrel.

“They should be the ones to explain why they are calling for abolition yet they avail of the funds under PDAF,” she said on government-run dzRB.

She also said there is no need for the lawmakers to plead with the Palace to give their share of the pork barrel funds to them.

“I don’t think pleading is needed considering most of it has been released in the past year,” she said.

A report on the Philippine Daily Inquirer cited documents from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) showing five members of the bloc have received P481 million since President Benigno Aquino assumed office in 2010. — LBG, GMA News

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