PNoy abolishing ‘pork'
but Negros rally still on
BY CARLA GOMEZ
President Benigno Aquino III yesterday it's time to abolish the controversial “pork barrel” fund, but a group outraged by its misuse by some lawmakers said they are not calling off their rally in front of the provincial Capitol building in Bacolod City Monday.
“Despite the reforms we have implemented, we have seen, as the events of the past weeks have shown, that greater change is necessary to fight against those who are determined to abuse the system. It is time to abolish the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund),” the President said in a televised press conference.
A new mechanism to address the needs of the people in a manner that is transparent, methodical and rational, and not susceptible to abuse or corruption, will be put in place, the President said.