Proper use by a few can’t compensate for plunder of the many (Or why, despite using it in the past, we want the pork barrel abolished)

Teddy CasiΓ±o

A number of people have been asking me, why is Bayan Muna (and other party list groups under the Makabayan Coalition) calling for the abolition of the pork barrel system when we ourselves previously accessed the Priority Development Assistance Fund (a.k.a. congressional pork)? A meme is even being circulated in social media showing the amount of PDAF we had allocated to fund various projects. They ask, isn’t this hypocrisy on our part?

A related question is how did we use our PDAF? Did we not steal it like the others? Did we not use it to illegaly fund rallies and demonstrations or buy arms for the New People’s Army?

These are old questions that have been repeatedly answered by me and other party list reprentatives from our bloc. But let me clarify the issues once more.

How we handled the PDAF

It is no secret that from 2001-2004 and again…

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