President controls pork barrel – DBM official
Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – It is the president who controls the release of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), popularly known as pork barrel funds, and not the Speaker of the House, a budget official said.
Militant lawmakers have complained that President Arroyo has been impounding their funds since 2005 when they started filing impeachment cases against her.
Some senators, including leading presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Francis Escudero, claim they have not been receiving their annual allocations.
via Philippine Star.
Lakas House bloc consolidating
MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing President Arroyo presided last night over another meeting of newly elected congressmen belonging to the Lakas-Kampi-CMD in Malacañang in an effort to consolidate the party that faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives.
Party stalwarts said the meeting would try to finalize the selection of its candidate for speaker of the House.
“This is another consolidation meeting with elected Lakas-Kampi-CMD congressmen. But one thing is certain, we will not forfeit the fight for the speakership,” said Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, reportedly among those being considered for the speakership.
Via Phil. Star