People's Initiative Against Pork Barrel (PIAP) on DAP June, 2, 2014
PIAP is comprised of: ABOLISH PORK MOVEMENT ● CEBU COALITION AGAINST PORK BARREL SYSTEM●
CHURCHPEOPLE’S ALLIANCE AGAINST PORK BARREL● EMPOWERED PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE AND REFORM
MOVEMENT ALLIANCE (EPIRMA )● MAKABAYAN ● SCRAP PORK NETWORK● SOLIDARITY FOR
Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB (09178980637) ● Marc Canton (09273493409) ● Mae
Paner (09178106145) ● Manny SD Lopez (09179582735) ● Fr. Ben Alforque, MSC
STATEMENT ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION AGAINST THE DAP
July 2, 2014
The People’s Initiative to Abolish Pork Barrel (PIAP) reiterates its call for the conduct of
a people’s initiative to abolish the pork barrel system even as the Supreme Court (SC)
declared the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.
While DAP and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) were declared by the SC
unconstitutional, there is still no law criminalizing and penalizing acts related to DAP,
PDAF and other forms of pork barrel.
The proposed Pork Barrel Abolition Law through People's Initiative will criminalize and
penalize the following: withdrawal of unobligated funds before the end of the fiscal year,
cross-border rechanneling of funds, allocating funds to items not considered in the
general appropriation, as well as the allocation and use of any form of congressional
and presidential pork.
The Supreme Court decision is an affirmation of our position that DAP is a form of pork
barrel that has led to the diversion of badly needed public funds to highly questionable
projects including the grant of billions to Senator judges in the impeachment of former
Chief Justice Renato Corona. The decision voided one form of presidential pork barrel
that amounted to at least P142 Billion.
The battle against the pork barrel system, however, must still be pursued especially
since at least P932 Billion pesos in presidential pork can be found in the 2014 national
budget and in the various off-budget items including Malampaya fund, President’s
Social Fund and Motor Vehicles Users Charges. PDAF, although no longer listed as an
item in the budget, was merely distributed in various agencies but will still be subject to
the same power of congressmen and senators to select the projects and the
beneficiaries they want to splurge these discretionary funds on.
The 2015 budget will definitely contain larger amounts of pork in the lead up to the 2016
elections which in turn will be the subject of corruption and patronage politics unless the
people succeed in passing a law that will criminalize any insertion of pork barrel in the
budget. Thus, the more reason for the people to vigorously pursue the abolition of the
pork barrel system.
The People’s Congress scheduled on August 23, 2014 in Cebu will push through
despite the SC decision and we expect the broadest and the largest number of anti-pork
barrel groups and personalities to come together and launch the historic campaign to
pass a law abolishing the pork barrel system through a people’s initiative.