Thursday, 2nd April 2015

Click Icon to Share this post

Share

August 24, 2013 12:07 AM

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

ILOILO lawmakers have different opinions on President Aquino’s decision to abolish the controversial Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF), popularly known as “pork barrel”.

Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas lauded the president’s decision to finally abolish the PDAF while keeping in mind the uninterrupted delivery of services needed by the people particularly those who are living outside “imperial Manila.”
“This unprecedented decision of the president would certainly help in ensuring transparency on the use of public funds,” Treñas said.

He added that the move would also clear the president of issues of favoritism on PDAF releases.

“It would also eliminate suspicions that the president is playing favorites on PDAF releases. Now we can concentrate on our job as legislators,” he added.

“President Aquino made a very brave decision on this pork barrel issue. This is a giant step forward in our fight against corruption,” he added.

 

LINE ITEM BUDGETING

But 3rd district Rep. Arthur Defensor Sr. does not support the abolition of PDAF and instead called for the removal of its negative aspects.

Defensor said the abolition of “pork barrel” would have long-term negative effects on community-funded projects like his PDAF-funded Kalahi-CIDDSS projects.

He said counterpart funds sourced from his PDAF can help build classrooms, Day Care centers, health centers, street lights or water systems.

The lawmaker suggests that instead of abolishing the “pork barrel”, the government can adopt a line-item budgeting, which will have rigid listing of appropriations for all the projects of congressmen and senators.

“It will replace the existing lump-sum scheme that has been practiced in the Lower House and Senate,” he said.

The process is more tedious but it is more transparent, he said.

The funds should also be allocated to implementing government agencies or local government units and not to non-government organizations, he added.

 

STRICTER GUIDELINES

In his official Facebook account 2nd district Rep. Aracadio Gorriceta, said he is pushing for stricter guidelines on the release of PDAF.

“So that the people’s money will not be wasted,” the neophyte congressman said.

With the suspension order from Aquino, he said the Department of Budget and Management will have more time to investigate the release of PDAF.

Gorriceta assured that his other projects will still push through, including the concreting of Leon-Bucari Road (P230 million); San Jose, San Miguel-Bangga Dama Road (P 137 million); and Bangga Mauring, Leganes-Sta. Barbara Road (P 67 million).

5th district Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. said the President only removed the discretionary elements of PDAF but the funding remains although it will be allocated with stricter rules.

In an interview with Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo, Tupas said they will still study the new guidelines set by President Aquino.

Opinion new Banner
Click image for full view
The origin of Satan

April 02, 2015 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

NO figure in human history has achieved the highest notoriety more than Satan. The name is synonymous with evil, the ultimate symbol of the dark side of the universe. How did this entity become the most maligned character in history, the prince of darkness and the archenemy of God and humanity?

Read more...
We understand

April 02, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Ellen Tordesillas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist based in Metro Manila. She also writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

HE COULDN’T even mention the incident that he was asking the public for understanding.

Read more...
The reluctant conscript

April 02, 2015 12:56 AM

By:  Juan Mercado

LIKE many of us, Simon of Cyrene “was merely at the wrong place at the wrong time,” writes Oblate priest Fr. Ron Rolheiser

"Yet, through earthly accidents, we are made responsible for what is heavenly.”

Karl Rahner wrote those words to describe what happened to Saint Joseph when he was asked by an angel to be husband to Mary.

Read more...
Muhammad Ali’s love for Manny Pacquiao

April 02, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you-until you get your revenge.” – Muhammad Ali

IT’S not surprising why Muhammad Ali (56-5, 37 KOs) is enamored with Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs).

Ali, 73, personally likes Paquiao, 36, and his admiration has more to do with how the Filipino congressman conducts himself outside the ring rather than Pacquiao’s fighting style.

Read more...
Need for signs of the Lord’s resurrection today

April 02, 2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

EASTER SUNDAY
Gospel Reading: John 20,1-9

THE resurrection account we read in the fourth Gospel is replete with signs. The first disciples who went to the tomb – Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter and John – did not immediately see the risen Lord.

 

Read more...
Negros News New Banner
Sports News New Banner
Business News New Banner
Community Events new Banner
About Us New banner
order Newspaper New Banner
Order newspaper
interval banner