- Posted October 3, 2013 by
Phl president tagged 'Pork Barrel King'
Renato Reyes, Jr., secretary general of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), said the title “Pork Barrel King” bestowed on Aquino was “appropriate” to justify his use of the controversial funds.
“The Aquino government has not abolished pork but rather institutionalized discretionary spending in support of political patronage and control of the Legislative branch. Aquino keeps saying that he is different from GMA and therefore his use of pork is justified. But how different is he really when it comes to pork barrel spending?” he said in a statement.
Reyes lamented how the Aquino administration was no different from that of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo since pork misuse was right at the doorstep of Malacañang Palace.
Aquino on Wednesday hit back at Arroyo for accumulating the P1 trillion discretionary funds to stay in power after he was assailed over the release of P1.107 billion in pork barrel to senators.
Aside from Senate President Franklin Drilon, who received P100 million, 19 other members of the upper house were also given P50 million each after the Senate convicted Chief Justice Renato Corona in May 2012.
“Pork misuse continued well into his term. Aquino can’t continue invoking Gloria Arroyo as his defense every time there is a controversy. The misuse happened during his term. He is being accused of violating the Constitution through the use of the DAP. He is being accused of using pork to advance the impeachment of the Supreme Court Chief Justice. He should be answerable to the people,” Reyes added.