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Workers want Aquino’s P1 Trillion pork scrapped

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National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno called for the scrapping of Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s P1 trillion pork barrel today, saying the fund should be rechanneled to various social services such as education, health and housing.

KMU branded Aquino as “Pork Barrel King” for increasing allocations to pork barrel funds since he became president and for allocating a huge section of the P2.6 trillion national budget to his discretionary funds.

The labor center said Aquino will surely use the fund to enrich his “Kamag-anak, Kaibigan at Kaalyado” and to force legislators and other politicians to approve and implement his anti-poor policies.

“It is revolting to see Aquino alloting to his discretionary fund a huge section of the national budget while social services are becoming more scarce, expensive and low-quality. Aquino prioritizes his and his KKK’s interests, not those of the Filipino people,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

“We condemn the pork barrel king even as we condemn those who have pocketed the people’s money through pork barrel funds. The pork barrel scams show that the people’s money should not be left to the complete discretion of politicians including Aquino,” he said.

“Aquino’s P1 trillion pork barrel explains why he is defending the pork barrel system despite the corruption endemic to it, the recent scandals stemming from it, and his anti-corruption rhetoric. Aquino is noisiest in proclaiming his opposition to corruption but is the biggest defender and benefactor of a huge corruption racket,” he added.

Former National Treasurer Leonor Briones exposed that in the proposed national budget, Aquino has put around P1 trillion in lump sum items under his discretion, including P229 billion in special purpose funds, P139 billion in unprogrammed funds and P200 billion allegedly for school buildings.

Data from the Department of Budget and Management reveal that funds alloted to the Priority Development Assistance Fund have doubled when Aquino became president and has increased since then.

“Despite his rhetoric of change and ‘daang matuwid,’ Aquino is no different from previous presidents who got the biggest chunk of corruption. The dominant faction of the ruling class always gets the biggest share of pork barrel funds,” Labog said.

“We vow to press for the rechanneling of Aquino’s pork barrel to social services. It is unacceptable that state colleges are raising fees, public hospitals are being privatized, and the the poor is being asked to pay dearly for so-called housing services when the president has P1 trillion in pork barrel,” he added.

Reference Person: 
Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson
Contact information: 
0908-1636597

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