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Angara calls for ‘pork’ transparency 08/31/2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Angara calls for ‘pork’ transparency
08/31/2010
Sen. Edgardo Angara yesterday challenged Mala-cañang to exercise transpa-rency in the distribution of so-called pork barrel to lawmakers as no less than the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) already issued an assurance that Congress members will have enough appropriation of such under the proposed 2011 national budget.

“Of course we understand the need for transparency. Ambiguity can be perceived as corruption. We all know by now that incon-sistencies in the books are red flags for suspicious spending activity,” he stressed.

The senator, former finance committee chairman in the upper chamber, was reacting to the recent statement made by the DBM that lawmakers will be provided with pork barrel, also known as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), but under very strict measures for accountability and transparency.

“We should exercise prudence in spending and show that the PDAF can be an effective tool for development,” he said..... MORE

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