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    Understanding contesting claims about the pork barrel issue

    The talk started with the historical background of Priority Development Assistance Fund. It was truly insightful as I have come to learn when and how it was created. It was surprising to know the total amount of the PDAF that legislators get. I don’t think it is very reasonable for them to get that high […] More

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    The Pork Barrel Issue

    Even from the way the pork barrel system originated in the Philippines, it is easy to see that its path will not be a smooth sailing one. The pork barrel system originated in 1916, when Americans used the funds to divide and rule the Philippine Assembly. The Americans used it to appease the Filipinos who […] More

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    Abolishing the Pork Barrel

    On its face, the pork barrel system appears to be a democratic way of apportioning government resources. Inherited from the United States, this scheme is supposed to allocate funds equally to every congressional district to be used for the residents’ most urgent needs. And who know the needs of these congressional communities better than the […] More

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    Pork Barrel

    Do you agree to abolish the pork barrel? Before I proceed to that question, here are some information about pork barrel. Pork barrel is the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative’s district. The usage originated in American English. In election campaigns, the term is […] More