By DEE AYROSO
Tags: Janet Napoles
“Nothing is happening (with the corruption cases), and now they (Aquino administration) are being exposed as guilty, too. But why is it that when the guilty ones are his rivals, they say: ‘Go ahead, try their cases.’ But when it comes to his allies such as the Abads and Alcala, ‘Investigate first, don’t be hasty.’ This is not right.” — Juana Change and #Abolish Pork Movt
Of the P2.26-trillion budget, only the P1.4-trillion were debated and seemingly visible to the public. The rest of the national budget are in the category of lump sum funds, falling under the discretion of the President, and as such are actually pork barrel funds.
“The projects that the DAR entered into with the NGOs … are not in any way related to energy-development. Worst, those projects were never implemented. Not a single centavo was spent for the said projects and not a single farmer received any benefit therefrom.”
Former National Treasurer Leonor Magtolis-Briones estimated that President Aquino’s pork barrel fund amounts to P1.3 trillion ($30 billion), almost half of the proposed national budget of P2.6 trillion ($60 billion).
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Why is it few were truly surprised that Janet Lim Napoles, prime but wily fugitive in the pork barrel scandal, would have not only the cunning but also the ability to arrange her “surrender” to no less than the President of the Republic. Is this in exchange for much…
“There is a perception now that this latest incident on the Napoles saga will be followed by a ‘political witch hunt,’ with Napoles as the main weapon, against members of the opposition and other personalities not aligned with the interest of the Aquino administration.”– Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate