The pork barrel scam has opened many eyes to the reality of corruption which has resulted to taxpayers demanding explanations from the government. So thank you Napoles for this eye-opener! In light of the recent scam, many people think that abolishing the pork barrel system outright is a much better option than merely reforming the system. At first, I was against abolishing the pork barrel system and was for its reformation. After all, it’s a great way to get things done. Besides, they say that the pork barrel will never be abolished. It will just have a different name but substance wise, it is what it is – pork barrel. I thought that the problem was with the execution and the accountability of the pork barrel. I thought that better monitoring, control and evaluation of the pork barrels would be enough to lessen corruption. But as I read different articles, my opinion changed.
In the old system, the planning of the projects didn’t necessarily come before the lawmakers receive their share of the pork barrel. It could happen after or even never. But... [continues]
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