It was a very much welcome twist of events week after the President issued a statement saying pork barrel or PDAF (Priority Development Assistant Fund) should stay. Today, in a live televised speech at Malacanang, President Aquino III announces his stand on abolishing the pork barrel system. Joined by the leaders of both houses of legislature, Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, the President declared that it is time to abolish the pork barrel.
In his speech, the President cited the good purpose of creating PDAF in the 90′s to help fund communities and LGUs which cannot afford. But its good purpose was suddenly abused by some greedy politicians who regarded PDAF as their own money. And now that the abuses has been told via the COA Audit report, the President have decided to once and for all abolish the pork barrel system and create new mechanism of funding development projects for the country side which will be more stricter and more susceptible to abuses.