Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago maintained her stance that the 2015 national budget is still tainted with pork barrel despite denials from Senate President Frankilin Drilon and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.
The feisty Santiago said Abad was wrong when he said that het 2015 national budget is free of pork.
She explained that Abad’s admission that they asked lawmakers to identify priority projects for their constituents is clearly a sign that there is still pork barrel in the budget.
The said fund of the lawmakers can be considered pork barrel because these are national funds which will be used as local projects to favored lawmakers, she stressed.
She also appealed to her colleagues at the Senate not to approve the House version of the budget in the bicameral unless the redefinition of the savings have not been removed and until the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) lists all lump sum items. Milky Rigonan