The Priority Development Assistance Fund, originally intended to provide the money for the needs of the citizens, is now used to fund the luxuries of government officials. Instead of implementing projects to feed the hungry, give money to the needy, support poor but smart individuals, and build infrastructures for the betterment of our country, the 58% of the national budget is put into waste. It is used by politicians and sadly, their families as well, to clothe themselves in a million-peso worth of apparels. It is also used to buy plane tickets to travel back and forth to places that ordinary people could only reach in their dreams. It is spent in gambling and vices. It is splurged in cars, houses, and parties that only the rich and famous can attend to.
Filipinos are very much aware of this scenario in our country. This kind of corruption has long been going on. It is not that we keep a blind eye. It is the government who is just not acting upon it. In fact, rallies have been made to abolish this. Netizens have done everything to spread the news and hope that their messages reach those high-ranking officials. Even the students try to help in their small ways. But since our government seems to be deaf to the cries of the citizens, the latter just choose to keep their mouth shut.
It is a good thing that the Napoles issue has been brought up recently. It ignited the anger and resentment of the law-abiding Filipinos whose past attempts to address this issue have fallen short. It really is sad to see that a lot of our countrymen are working so hard just to make ends meet and feed their families, while those in position only use it to flaunt their properties which came not from their genuine efforts, but from the blood and sweat of the taxpayers.
The only thing to do right now is abolish this PDAF. It may have helped some, but it is used more as an extra income for the heartless and filthy-rich officials.
It is unfathomable why President Aquino wants the other way around. He mentioned in a report that the pork barrel is a good thing for it funds local projects that are barely noticeable. Therefore, it must be continued despite all the reported cases of graft and corruption.
As stated earlier, the PDAF is truly helpful. There is no doubt in that. However, those in position spend it for their own and hence, the fund is misused. That is why Senator Chiz Escudero, along with other senators, supports its abolition. Moreover, he wants to be a part of the anti-pork barrel protest to show that he really opposes this illegal act.
Imagine a government with no pork barrel…
If there is no such thing as PDAF, then the officials will not have a reason to implement fraud projects. If there are no fake projects, there would be no kick-backs for those in position and their partners-in-crime. If there would be no people to take kick-backs, then the money would be allocated for the improvement of our country. If our country is improved, the state of the people living in it would be, as well. If the people’s lives become better, it is because there is no pork barrel that their taxes end up to. But if there is, then the government officials will have the means to steal from our national budget. And if they can do so, then all the citizens’ hard-earned cash will be put into waste. If the Filipinos’ money go straight into the pockets of the greedy, then our country will be doomed to failure. But if we do not want that to happen, then we must do something right now. If we make a step towards the stopping of this illegal act, then the government might notice us. And if they do, they may immediately abolish PDAF. If the abolition takes place, we will finally have a corrupt-free government and we would all be living in a better country.