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Alive and oinking: The Supplemental 2013 Budget and Hidden Pork in the 2014 Budget

28 February 2014 No Comment
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Rep. Tinio during his presentation at Hidden Pork: A Forum on the 2014 Budget and the Pork Barrel (28 February 2014, Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law)

 

28 FEBRUARY–Despite the recent Supreme Court decision declaring all forms of pork–and the formal and informal practices in accessing it–unconstitutional, pork is still cooked and served among the President and legislators.  Rep. Tinio today gave a presentation on how pork still exists contrary to peddled opinion by the Aquino administration.

The presentation detailed how P14.6 billion of presidential pork was created a few days after the SC decision was issued, through the enactment of R.A. 10634, or the Supplemental Budget 2013.  Said law added P11.2 billion to the Calamity Fund and P4.4 billion to DSWD’s Quick Response Fund, both under the 2013 budget.  Congress enacted the P14.6-billion augmentation as a huge lump sum under the discretion of the President, without the benefit of an itemized proposal or details on what projects will be funded, as per required by law.

The presentation also revealed where the barrels of illicit pork for Members of the House and Senators are hidden in the 2014 budget.  Rep. Tinio detailed some of the formal and informal practices in accessing either “House Pork” or “Senate Pork.”

Other speakers at the forum were former National Treasurer Leonor “Liling” Briones and BAYAN Secretary General Renato Reyes, Jr., who gave briefs on the 2014 budget and on the Disbursement Acceleration Program, respectively.

Click here for the presentation.

Read InterAksyon.com‘s “PORK ALIVE & KICKING? Solons told to go paperless when requesting for projects” 

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