Escudero seeks transparency in ‘pork barrel’, posts on site where funds are spent

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Senator Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis Escudero wants all senators to be more transparent in the use of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) more commonly known as “Pork Barrel”.

“As much as P200 million is given to each senator, in a span of six years, a senator can accumulate up to P1.2 billion,” Escudero said when asked during the first Philippine Daily Inquirer Senate Forum Wednesday whether he could live without his PDAF.

He said that he has  managed to continue his work as legislator even when his pork barrel was not released for several years under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

What was more important was where the money was spent, Escudero said.

“We should ask [the senators] where did they put that P1.2 billion and are the people able to feel the effects of that money?” he said.

He said that his own PDAF was given to the local government units for regional hospitals as medical assistance.

Escudero also said that he has been uploading on his website how his PDAF was being spent for transparency.

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  • iping2sison

    I understand that Chiz also received Christmas bonus from Enrile. Did he return the amount? If not, where did he spend it and has to submit a statement of expenditures? If he pocketed it, then he has no include the amount in his 2012 income tax returns.

    • acaldejr

      As he have said, check his website.

      • Eddwardd

        website lng un madali lng ang palabas…ba’t hindi ilabas sa website mismo ung mga authenticated na doc galing, say, COA, senate ek ek at least certified thru copy na itemized ang mga gastusin kung saan napunta..kesa palabas na intemized at saan napunta na wlang nag certify na regulatory bodies ng gobyerno..hahaha

      • nicosan fopalan

        then ask COA.

      • Eddwardd

        why would I ask COA, hangal? tanga at walng alam sawsaw ng sawsaw..para kapanipaniwala ang lahat ng bagay kailangan ng documneto, hangal…

        kung mag aaplay kau kailangan ng mga supporting doc at records..kc nmn po meron at meron tlgang ang galing nmn , na master ang estorya/interview para mauto si hr o si taumbayan…hangal

      • nicosan fopalan

        mas nagmukha ka po tanga. ^_^

      • Commentator

        well COA is corrupt too. what then? ask God?

  • PinoyDude

    Pass the FOI bill at tapos na ang usapan at pa-pogi nyo!

  • randyaltarejos

    Based on his own words, Senator Escudero is probably a generous lawmaker that the country has ever produced. According to him, he had put some of his PDAFs to support the local government units to maintain regional hospitals and other medical assistance. But in Maripipi, one of the remote towns in Biliran province, the provincial government during the time of Gov. Rogelio Espina deprived the community residents of medical assistance. Instead of supporting the existence of the Maripipi Medicare Hospital, the provincial government shut down its operations and pulled out all its equipment to the detriment of the people in that town. Why? Because most of the people in Maripipi didn’t vote for Espina during the elections. When people are seriously ill, they have to brave the rough seas to get to Naval, Biliran for treatment. In Maripipi, there is only one midwife and a nurse that man the rural clinic in the town proper. But doctors come and go at the pleasure of the provincial leadership. I hope this situation will change. Now, if Senator Escudero doesn’t mind at all, perhaps, the good Bicolano senator may be able to part with a portion of his PDAF to help that remote town, and with the other remote towns in Visayas and Mindanao.

    • Eddwardd

      naniniwla ka nmn sa kanya?

      mag research ka nga at alamin ang background ng tao at ang kanyang pamilya at kung ano ang nagawa na nya…remember, ang tatay nya isang crony ni macoy, best friend sila ni GMA rin..at ngaun si chiz balimbing o dili kayáý kamias..hahaha.

      Bilang mangangalakal mas pinaniniwalaan ko pa bawat salita ng mga negosyanteng ongpauco kesa sa isang politiko na d q alam kung saan nanggagaling ang kayamanan..ok lng sna kung may ari arian o legitimate business…hahaha

  • tra6Gpeche

    President Aquino should just abolish the PDAF or pork barrel for the Senators and Congressmen. And that should be the end of it!

    • nicosan fopalan

      we are not in martial law… pres aquino cannot just do that on a whim.

      • tra6Gpeche

        Then, one of the columnist in PDI, does not know what he was talking about. I believe it was Mr. Neal Cruz who said that it would be easy for Mr. Aquino to abolish the pork barrel. He did not mention anything about Martial Law.

  • Serom

    Transparency in the use of the pork barrel is for the best interest of the people but I wonder how many senators and congressmen are willing to be transparent with the use of their PDAF.

    Those rich legislators definitely tampered with their pork barrel and spending it as if it is their own money. We, people, must be wary where these legislators spend the pork barrel because the money came from us being taxpayers. These legislators should be held accountable for their pork barrel.

    The last time that this issue came forth, Enrile and Estrada alleged that they don’t know where their millions of pork barrel went. Such is the height of irresponsibility of these senators. Legislators like them should not be given the pork barrel because they are just wasting away the people’s money or…… it lined their pockets thicker!

  • ThudOthwacker

    I wish everyday is an election day. Our politicians always churned up new novel ideas during campaign period.

  • vin reyes

    sana mag bakasyon ka muna former senator escudero..bumalik ka muna sa sorsogon mas kailangan ka nila doon..kung pwede nga lang alisin na yang pork barrel na yan sa inyong mga lawmakers..lower at upper house..ikalat na lang yan sa bawa’t bayan sa buong kapuluan para sila na mismo ang umayos sa kanilang mga problema..pero dapat pasado na at isa ng batas ang freedom of information bill na inuupuan nyo sa senado..ginamit ko ang salitang “kung pwede nga lang” dahil hindi ako sigurado kung pwedeng mangyari yon na ang “pork barrel” e alisin na sa mga lawmakers..
    ..

    • Karabkatab

      Sabi ng mga taga Sorsogon, okay lang… hindi naman nila kailangan si Chiz…hahaha… Paruton ka daa Chiz, sige sana daa tong-its nindo. Ano migo totoo baya ina? Pag uwi mo chiz, papaturo kami sayo mag gawa ng playhouse. Ma urag ka palan mag koro carpentero migo duman sa tv ads mo.

  • badsky

    puru ka lng papogi wala naman wenta.. nakalusot nga sayo cyber libel mag artista ka na n lng

    • http://www.nephi-malit.com/ Nephi Malit

      Bat siya mag aartista, eh pag artista ka na sa pulitika na papunta yun. Wala, balik rin.

  • Johnny

    Bakit fellow senators lang tinitira niya at hindi lahat ng politicians? Kasi un ang kalaban niya sa election?

    What a very selfish guy. Clearly your main objective is to make other senators look bad and for you to just win the election. It’s the love of yourself not the country. Ang ikagaganda ng country is transparency of all public servants/politicians – not just your fellow senators.

  • Jeanne Thompson

    Ang TRABAHO ng mga Senador at Congressman ay gumawa at iimprove ang mga batas. Kailangan nga ba talaga ng mga Senador at Congressman ang PDAF sa pagbalangkas at pagpapabuti ng mga batas? Hinda naman di ba?

    Di mas maganda kung wala na lang PDAF? Tapos ang matitipid na pera sa iallocated sa education at health services ng taong bayan. Nagiging sanhi lang ng corruption ang PDAF na yan.

  • pinoyislander

    STFU

  • 100345roselia

    Chiz, “KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID” (KISS). Together with the rest of senators, just enact a law eliminating the “pork barrel.” fund which is the major cause of graft / corruption. Just FOCUS on your job – ENACTING LAWS.

    Worst scenario, ELIMINATE the senate. Its job can be accomplished by the lower house, thus, MORE savings. MORE budget for education, infrastructures & low- cost housing, to name a few. Not like the congressmen, the senators have no
    specific constituents/district to represent. In short, the Senate is just an added “financial burden” to the govt limited budget. What do you think, my friends?

    • Johnny

      Good point. 1 vote up.

    • Karabkatab

      I agree with your comments roselia. In short, senators must focus on their legislative work. The money for hospitals, schools, etc are executive concerns and must be left to the proper branches of government. The truth is, gustong gusto ng mga sendador at congressmen ang PORK dahil kahit papano nababastagan sila kahit papano. Coursing their PORK via LGUs is a very convenient mode of fund transfer to conceal backdoor transactions.

    • http://www.nephi-malit.com/ Nephi Malit

      The Senate has its own role in our government system.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Yung gold watch na binigay ng intsik kay Escudero, i-dedeclare ba yan ni Chiz sa website niya? O kay Ongpauco na lang natin madidinig yan?

    Mapagkunwari talaga itong si Chiz. Di hamak na mas malaki ang kinikita niya on the side kaysa sa PDAF niya. Kaya nga si Lacson di rin tumatanggap ng PDAF, laki-laki ng payola sa jueteng at revenues na pinapasok ni Hansel Marantan sa kanya.

    • Johnny

      Tama kahit mga whatever form of gift na natatanggap ng public officials dapat i-declare.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    The penultimate blow Chiz is to scrap Pork Barrel!Once a thief,always a thief.Once a corrupt, always a corrupt.

  • Milesaway

    What if alisin na totally ang pork barrel at i alot na lang sa DPWH ang pondo sayang pa kasi kukuha pa kayo ng encoder para lang mapost ng gastusin nyo.

  • padrefaura

    Bakit hindi nya naisip o ginawa yan noong unang 6 na taon nya bilang senador?

    • http://twitter.com/Nyhateith32 Kenny Vergara

      I remember Chiz did not receive his pork barrel during Arroyo administration pero nagawa pa makatulong sa ating mga kababayan.

      • Guest

        Kanya-kanyang paraan. E si Chiz madiskarte kasing tao kaya nagagawa niyang makatulong sa mga kababayan natin. Nasa diskarte lang yan.

      • padrefaura

        Did he file any bill on transparency of pork? By the way, chiz was only senator under arroyo for 3 years, what about the 3 years under pnoy? Was he transparent in his pork allocation?

  • sanjuan683

    Utok mo bakit ngayon mo lang sinabi yan dahil ba election ngayon tagal mo nakaupo sa senado hindi mo ginawa. Matagal muna ginagawa tanga ang mga Pinoy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jocken-Dano/100002588330624 Jocken Dano

    BRAVO !!! that should be. if all senators and congressmen will do the same them we will have great nation. God Bless you sir . . . .

  • disqusted0fu

    This is exactly why the FOI bill should be passed, but it also must be the reason why it was blocked.
    The Aquino administration’s centerpiece is supposedly transparency and anti corruption, but these are the very traits that they are clearly missing.

  • whyinthisworld

    Eliminate pork barrel period. Now anybody out there knows the status of enrile, estrada, revilla and a party list congressman where millions of pork barrel were diverted/missing somewhere claiming they do not know how it happen.

    • Guest

      Pero dahil malamang na hindi magiging Senate President Pro Tempore si
      Jinggoy sa next Congress, malamang wala na siyang asim. Buti nga.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002412025550 Jesus Salamat Valerio

    whre’s the pork, chiz…..eat all u can!

    • Guest

      Ang pork barrel ni Chiz ibinibigay n’ya sa mga LGUs para sa regional hospitals, para magkaroon ng karagdagang medical assistance.

  • BawalAngReklamador

    KAPAG panahon talaga ng ELEKSYON, ang DAMI-DAMING magagandang bagay ang NASASABI at NAIISIP (LANG?) ng isang POLITIKO..

  • http://twitter.com/Negastarr NegaStarr

    Haha kaya pala mahirap pa din ang Sorsogon!

    • speaksoftlylove

      Oo nga. The nerve of this liar. Wala nga siyang maipakitang dahilan kung saan napunta yang pork barrel niya dahil naghihikahos pa rin ang Sorsogon tapos “calling for pork barrel transparency”? Chiz kulang ka lang sa paligo.

  • JasonBieber

    If you want transparency then maybe speak to PNoy.

    There was an FOI Bill that is around which is aimed to help foster good governance through transparency in the government but PNoy does not seem to fully support it so if Chiz wants transparency speak to your Team PNoy leader.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Desperate political campaign gimmick.

    Why is Escudero talking about it only during the campaign period? Matagal na siyang nandyan sa Senado at matatapos na nga ang termino niya, meron ba siyang pinasa na batas or even a resolution man lang calling for pork barrel transparency. This political gimmick is a lot of chicken dung.

    • Guest

      Si Chiz transparent, ewan ko lang si Jinggoy kung transparent yan. Mahilig kasing kumikbak si Jinggoy sa kanyang pork barrel.

  • gregoryserrano

    ilang taon na ba si escudero sa senado? Bakit ngayon lang nya eto naisipan? Talaga naman oh

  • boybakal

    This is good….House of Pork barrel transparency, a deviation from Heart of pork.

  • http://twitter.com/brixvillapando brix villapando

    pang toma at sports car mo ang pork mo boy pekhpek kunwari ka pa. Ang tama ay dapat tanggalin ang pork barrel para sure na matitino lang ang tatakbo sa election. Kahit moratorium lang sa release nito lets say every 5 yrs. Makakatipid govt. Kawawa na kaming mga taxpayers. Para kaming nagpapakain at nag-alaga ng mga buwayang walang silbi!

    We all know all candidates for Senate and House are ALL focused on the pork. That is the only reason why they run. Are they morons to spend millions of pesos for nothing?

    • Guest

      Hindi lang sa medical assistance inilalagay ni Chiz ang kanyang pork barrel. Nagpapatayo rin siya ng mga eskuwelahan at farm to market roads.

  • Guest

    Tama si Chiz dapat maging transparent ang mga senador sa paggamit ng kanilang pork barrel. Yung iba kasi senador di transparent.

    • Guest

      Si Chiz naman talagang transparent sa paggastos ng kanyang pork barrel. Makikita naman sa website ni Chiz kung paano niya ginastos ito.

    • Guest

      Naku pati nga si Loren Legarda, P1.2 ang pork barrel niya for 6 years pero wala namang nagawang mga projects para sa ating mga kababayan.

  • Guest

    Like for example, si Jinggoy and Alan Cayetano. Mga di transparent mga yan. Di natin alam kung saan nila ginagamit ang pork barrel nila.

  • Guest

    Baka tanungin n’yo nagamit ba ng tama ang pork barrel ni Chiz? Aba’y opo dahil marami siyang nabigyang mga LGUs ng kanyang pork barrel.

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