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Atienza defends GMA’s no zero budget assurance: Pork is not bad except for…

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

An official of the House minority has urged Senator Panfilo Lacson to look on his own backyard first before accusing the Arroyo Speakership of reviving the so-called “pork barrel funds.”

In a statement released by the Office of the House Speaker, Senior Deputy Minority Floor Leader Lito Atienza (Buhay Partylist) said there was nothing wrong with congressmen asking for equal development for their respective districts.

“That’s their job,” Atienza said.

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo earlier announced that no lawmaker will be denied of fund allotment for their respective legislative districts.

Atienza stressed that the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) by some senators was more reprehensible.

The former Manila Mayor, a staunch ally of Arroyo, advised Lacson that instead of pointing to the House of Representatives, he should ask his fellow senators how they benefited from pork during the time of suspected pork barrel queen suspect Janet Napoles.

“He should ask his fellow Senators how they did it… Sen. Lacson seems to know all kinds of pork. But pork is not bad except those full of cholesterol and those that went to the hands of Mrs. Napoles,” said Atienza.

On Wednesday, Lacson posted in his official Twitter account that the new policy of the Arroyo Spearkship paves way the return of pork barrel funds which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

“No matter how they sugar coat pork, it may taste like pork bun, but it’s still pork. The statement says it all – no congressman will have zero budget from the GAA (General Appropriations Act),” said Lacson.

In a separate statement which was also released by Arroyo’s office, House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez said the fears being raised by Lacson “are unfounded.”

“We are always guided by the Supreme Court decision and we will make sure that we comply with the high court’s ruling,” said Suarez.