Cesar Montano Bats For Judicious Use of “Pork Barrel”

Manila–“The problem is not ‘pork barrel’ per se,” asserted yesterday by internationally acclaimed movie actor, director, and producer now senatorial candidate Cesar Montano. As TV guest of ANC’s (ABS-CBN News Channel) Forum 2007, Montano said he is for the judicious use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), more known by its unsavory label– pork barrel.

Montano differentiated between a “good” and “bad” pork barrel. The bad pork barrel is the source of graft and corruption enriching both the politicians and unscrupulous contractors through inutile projects that do not do the people any good. He categorically stated that he is in favor of a good pork barrel. He enumerated several parameters for the priority development fund to be effective. He said that the funds should have clear prioritization, accountability, transparency, effective and efficient system of monitoring, with check and balance.

Montano also said that for PDAF to be effectively utilized, the people should be consulted as what projects they need. In this way, Montano argued that the “people would claim ownership of the project. If they feel they own the project, they would care and defend the project against those whose intention is only to profit and amass wealth.” This, Montano said , “is the essence of his slogan ‘power to the people’”

When asked what are his priority projects if elected, Montano bared that these would revolve around his C.E.S.A.R.. agenda—Culture, Children, Education, Environment, Social Justice, Social Services, Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, Rights, and Rural Infrastructure. These he said would alleviate poverty and bring jobs and justice, food and freedom to the majority of the Filipino people.

Reference: Arnel F. de Guzman, Media Officer

8 responses to “Cesar Montano Bats For Judicious Use of “Pork Barrel”

  1. There is no such thing as “good” and “bad” pork barrel, right from the start it was bad because of how they have structured the rules.

    Assuming you win a seat, I don’t think you can persuade majority of your colleagues to re-structure pork barrel so that it becomes subject to audit, accountable, and transparent to the public with strict guidelines on how it should be dispensed.

    If by any stroke of luck you were able to convince your colleagues you will have to deal with tongress now how do you plan on doing that?

    If they have spent hundreds of millions if not billions to get elected, do you expect them to be transparent in their pork barrel allocation?

  2. [There is no such thing as “good” and “bad” pork barrel, right from the start it was bad because of how they have structured the rules.]
    Yes sir there is, but to make it clearer, what we are trying to say is this, pork barrel or PDAF becomes bad under bad hands. It is not the PDAF itself that is bad. In all fairness the PDAF was formed for good reasons and in good faith. If used the right way (which is what we are referring to the article above) will be of great help to our countrymen. Again, it will all boil down to the person and not to the fund itself.

    [Assuming you win a seat, I don’t think you can persuade majority of your colleagues to re-structure pork barrel so that it becomes subject to audit, accountable, and transparent to the public with strict guidelines on how it should be dispensed.]

    We need not convince anybody to restructure the PDAF. All we need to do once seated, is to make sure that our end of the PDAF will be put into good use. Hoping that others will follow suit. We will make sure that we stay true to what we believe in and what we know is right.

    [If they have spent hundreds of millions if not billions to get elected, do you expect them to be transparent in their pork barrel allocation?]

    Well at least if Cesar Montano wins, you have one less senator to worry about, right (Please read # 3 reason why you should vote for CM)?

  3. Tristan Noble

    Pedestrian Observer said: “If they have spent hundreds of millions if not billions to get elected, do you expect them to be transparent in their pork barrel allocation?”

    Politicos are liars. They cannot be trusted when it comes to money. Each senator has an allocation of P200 M per year and 20% of the pork barrel goes to corruption. Overpricing reached more than 200 percent of the market prices and government-set costs. Almost nothing goes to the actual project. An elected government position is like an investment. A senator has P35, 000.00 monthly pay plus P1 M office staff operational funds. How can they recover billions campaign expenses?

  4. We cannot answer for other politicians, but one thing is for sure, our candidate made sure that he will not be sucked into that cycle of corruption. Please read this article https://cesarmontano.wordpress.com/2007/05/03/3-reasons-why-we-should-vote-for-cesar-montano/

  5. Right, PDAF is not bad. It is for the improvement of our infrastructure, society, education. It is bad only when it is handled by people who have “other”
    intentions besides the intended projects.
    Anyway, about transparency; in what way can Team Montano make the check and balance if there are people who will always cover discrepancies and anomalies committed among government officials?

  6. To neri:
    To be honest, it is very difficult if not impossible for us to solve the anomalies of the other government officials, and it will be futile for us to fight them head on. But we will work on where we have an influence on, our own selves. We would ensure that the projects that we will initiate will be given 100% to whom they are intended for. At least that is one less senator for you to worry about.

  7. I hope Cesar will make a difference among the TRAPO’s in the government and will not be influenced by the soft “whispers” in return for hollow promises made to him.

  8. That is the game plan. If he wins a seat, the email I have posted will be maintained. We will be needing all of your help. This fight cannot be done by one man alone.

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