The rabble rousing Senator Cayetano, a proponent for the abolition of priority development assistant fund (PDAF) or the infamous “Pork Barrel” told us media men that the lump sum system of the PDAF should be changed into line items to prevent corrupt congressmen and senators to raid them.
I played “Devil’s Advocate” to the charismatic senator and asked him the following questions:
“Is your proposal to abolish the old system of distributing the pork barrel a tall order?
Baka hindi na ipapasa ng congress ang bill na proposed ng Malacanang because wala na ang carrot sa PDAF?”
He said if I asked him two months ago with the same question he would say that the plan to abolish the pork (President Benigno Aquino III “abolished it” last August 23 after a prolonged pressure from the traditional and social media Face Book, Twitter, etc - MCO.) would be next to impossible.
“So I think the pressure will continue para hindi lang mapalitan ng ibang pork barrel. I don’t think until it is over I still want to see the final budget na pork-free.”
I asked him if his proposed mode of giving pork to solons would be grease-free, S.O.P-free, or cut-free from the percentage given by private contractors or suppliers to the congressman or senator who intercedes for the projects.
“Hindi ko kayo masagot ngayon na wala ng problema ang Pilipinas.