Quantcast
Latest Stories

Solons won’t give up ‘pork’, want TRO lifted

By

Rep. Ben Evardone INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Congressmen are not giving up what remains of their “pork barrel” or Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

The House of Representatives is set to ask the Supreme Court on Monday to lift the temporary restraining order on the PDAF, Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said Saturday.

Evardone, vice chairman of the committee on appropriations, said the motion would specifically ask the high court to free up the pork barrel for scholarship and medical assistance programs.

“The TRO has created anxieties among scholars regarding their future because they are unsure whether they will be allowed to take the final exams slated next month and if they can enroll for the second semester,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Evardone said the Office of the Solicitor General has been furnished copies of affidavits of scholars and patients who depend on congressional pork barrel for assistance.

He said he and other lawmakers were hoping that the Supreme Court would calendar the motion for an en banc session the following day, considering the “urgency” of the matter.

The high court issued the TRO pending resolution of a petition questioning the constitutionality of PDAF.

Evardone said the order particularly had a heavy effect on scholarship and medical assistance programs.

As of September 20, a total of 997,782 patients had received assistance from the PDAF of 96 representatives, he said.

He said there were also 456,871 scholars enrolled in the current school year because of the pork barrel of 111 congressmen.

“On humanitarian consideration, we would like to appeal to the Supreme Court to consider the situation of our constituents who depend on PDAF,” he said in a press conference earlier this week.

Each House member was entitled to P70 million in annual PDAF, while senators each received P200 million yearly.

The appropriations committee has decided to “abolish” the P25.2-billion PDAF item in next year’s national budget.

The amount, together with Vice President Jejomar Binay’s P200-million pork barrel, would instead be spread among six government agencies, with the Department of Public Works and Highways getting the biggest share at 35 percent.

But the new pork barrel scheme remains a committee proposal as the House continues to deliberate on the P2.268-trillion national budget in plenary.

Evardone proposed that each congressmen be allowed to “propose” up to five infrastructure projects. Under his formula, each House member would be entitled to only P24.6 million in “hard projects,” a reduction of 40 percent from what they were used to getting.

RELATED STORIES:

2 lawmakers want SC to lift pork’s TRO for humanitarian cause

Solons doubt Congress had truly given up pork

SC stops release of ‘pork’, Malampaya funds


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Congress , House of Representatives , PDAF , Politics , Pork barrel , Priority Development Assistance Fund , Supreme Court , TRO




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
Advertisement

News

  • Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan
  • What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Visiting chefs from Denmark get creative with ‘ube,’ ‘ buko,’ ‘calamansi,’ mangoes
  • Salted baked potatoes
  • A first in a mall: Authentic Greek yogurt–made fresh in front of diners
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement