Aug 242014
Advocates for the abolition of the pork barrel system kicked off a signature campaign for a bill that they say will remove discretionary spending in government.

Under the Initiative and Referendum Act, petitions need “at least ten per centum of the total number of the registered voters, of which every legislative district is represented by at least three per centum of the registered voters thereof.”

The petition, if found sufficient by the Commission on Elections, will be subject to a referendum and will need to get a majority vote for approval.

Church for the Poor, one of the groups supporting the initiative, has provided a copy of the petition:

People’s Initiative Petition vs. Pork Barrel

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a Palace briefing over government radio on Sunday, declined comment on the initiative but said people are free to pursue it.

She said the Palace would rather wait for the results of the campaign, which will need around six million signatures.

“Parang six million po yata ‘yung kanilang tina-target and, of course, even if you—if that is achieved, it is the Comelec that will have to check the validity of signatures, et cetera, ‘yon—and so on and so forth,” she said. — JDS, GMA News

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