Bam suspends use of pork barrel

MANILA – Senator Bam Aquino will suspend the use of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel until charges have been filed against those involved in various PDAF scams and anomalies.

Aquino earlier expressed his support for a probe into the matter.

Another new senator, Grace Poe, has pushed for a Senate investigation to look into the siphoning of funds towards ghost non-government organizations.

“People are already getting impatient-and that’s a good thing. The clamor only means that people have come to expect more from their government, and it’s good because it means they’re serious about good governance,” Aquino said.

“To show that we’re equally serious about the matter, we’re suspending use of our office’s own PDAF,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bam’s cousin, President Benigno Aquino III, has a different take on the matter.

On Monday, the older Aquino said he does not favor proposals to abolish the pork barrel system. The President said the pork barrel has its good uses.

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