House Bill 1535 – An Act Abolishing the Pork Barrel System by Prohibiting the Allocation and Use of Funds for Such Purpose

HB 1535

Filed on July 17, 2013 and principally authored by Bayan Muna Rep. Neri J. Colmenares, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, and Gabriela Women’s Party Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus, Anakpawis Rep. Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap, Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon, and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate.

From the Explanatory Note:

“The pork barrel system is a form of institutionalized patronage and officially tolerated graft and corruption.  Contrary to claims…that more and better safeguards can be implemented to prevent abuse…the pork barrel is beyond salvaging and should be abolished.

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“This bill aims to abolish the pork barrel system by prohibiting the President from providing a budgetary item or including in the proposed budget submitted to Congress every fiscal year any lump sum allocation to the PDAF and similar lump sum, discretionary funds.  Aside from the legislators’ pork barrel, the bill shall also abolsih the President’s pork barrel funds, such as the President’s Social Fund and the Malampaya Fund.”

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