Day: August 22, 2013

Aquino’s suspension of pork barrel fund releases, a token act – Makabayan

“When we say pork barrel system, we’re not just calling for the abolition of the PDAF, but the whole system of discretionary spending. This includes funds under the un-programmed funds, the special purposes fund, the presidential social fund, and other lump sum accounts that are under the Executive’s direct discretion.” – Kabataan Party Rep. Terry Ridon

NPA holds 1001st Brigade HQ personnel as POW

By MANILA — Operatives under the Comval Davao Gulf Sub Regional Command of the New People’s Army exploded a command-detonated bomb inside the headquarters of the 71st Infantry Battalion in Barangay Pangibiran, Mabini town of this province killing six AFP troops and wounding five others. The bomb explosion last August 5 is reportedly meant…

Coco farmers hit plans to use levy fund for agribusiness, landlord compensation

“Once again, the government will provide the infrastructure for the benefit of big guns in the coconut industry at the expense of small coconut farmers. It is totally revolting that P305 million of small coconut farmers money will be spent for the so-called agro-industrial estate project that will only benefit local and foreign agri-businesses.” – Willy Marbella, KMP

By BENJIE OLIVEROS President Benigno Aquino III finally blinked: he ordered a suspension of releases of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) pending the results of the investigation on the pork barrel scam involving Janet Lim-Napoles, and government officials, from both Congress and line agencies. President Aquino could no longer keep defending the pork…