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House row due to ‘unequal distribution of pork slices’ — Bayan Muna

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As it was before, so it is still now.

Malacañang’s apparent “unequal distribution of pork slices” may derail the passage of the proposed 2021 national budget, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said on Monday.

The Makabayan lawmaker said the conflict within the chamber was due to “apparent disparity in the allocations of funds to the different departments, mainly the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).”

But Zarate said the main issue remains “pork.”

“This is also the reason why many lawmakers are questioning the supposed huge allocations of projects to some areas while others did not get as much,” he said.

Zarate said some of the pork allocations include the “unprecedented P4.5 billion confidential and intelligence funds of the Office of the President,” which he called “presidential pork.”

“The P19.1 billion budget of the NTF-ELCAC parked in different departments are generals’ pork,” he added.

“These pork-like allocations are also one of the main reasons why funds for social services like that for public hospitals, schools and social pension are being perennially being slashed,” Zarate said.

“As it is, it would indeed be better to realign all these pork-like allocations in, among others, the fight against Covid-19, in aid to those displaced and now jobless workers and help our children still study well under these current conditions,” he said.