Social watch sees ‘insertions’ in 2016 budget amounting to billions

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 December) — The P3.002-trillion 2016 budget approved by President Benigno Aquino III is “loaded with pork and lump sum appropriations”, budget watchdog Social Watch Philippines said on… »

Ilagan on De Lima’s PDAF selectivity: grave injustice, dereliction of duties

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, in refusing to actively pursue cases against members of the Liberal Party identified to have had dealings with Ms. Janet Lim- Napoles, is committing grave… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Will PNoy really do away with pork?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Dec) — Pork barrel allocations have been such an effective instrument of congressional longevity and presidential manipulation that some people wonder what effect… »

PEACETALK: The Toxic Brew of Federalism and Political Dynasties

MELBOURNE (MindaNews/05 December)–It appears that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has inspired a renewed vigor among local leaders in Mindanao to push for the shift to a federal form of… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Still not convinced that pork is bad?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)–Although Malacañang has said that there will be no more pork, don’t bank on it. No less than the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines… »

The P144-B DAP Express: A maze of good, bad, open, opaque projects

By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism First of Three Parts “Good intentions are not good enough.” That, according to Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio ‘Babes’ Singson, is… »

SIDEBAR 1: The story of DAP

By Rowena F. Caronan and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism IT TOOK a peeved senator, who was being accused of corruption, for the public to be inadvertently introduced… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What’s happening to our country?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) — Our society is now in turmoil, addled by unprecedented irregularities committed at the very top levels of politics and government. The immediate culprits… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let legislators focus now on lawmaking

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 06 July) — The fondness for pork (PDAF), now paired with PNoy’s newly-minted DAP (disbursement acceleration program)—is well documented and now declared unconstitutional. Let’s… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Defense, defense

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 June) – How will the senators and other lawmakers who have been charged with graft and/or plunder in relation to the pork barrel scam defend themselves at… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ba-bye Panday

Sa imong speech gahapon daghan nag-ingon usik-usik lang sa panahon pero sige lang kay goodbye naman unta forever na lang busa lagiii, nag-action star ka na lang pa-ambak-ambak, pa-dagan-dagan libre… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Arestuhin!

Di gyud ko musupak kung arestuhin ang tulo ka senatong panahon na gyud na sila mobalintong bisan unsaon nila pagpa-cute sa ilang nawong Tingog sa Suba: Arestuhin! by Ramon Jorge… »

MIND DA NEWS: More questions than answers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 01 June) — The “Luy Files,” the 2002-2012 transactions of the JLN Corporation of Jane Lim-Napoles kept in computer hard disk by whistleblower Benhur Luy, appears… »

COMMENT: A Matter of Credibility

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 30, 2014 – Lawyer Bruce Rivera has done an excellent job in letting Janet Lim-Napoles take the offensive in the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) or… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Pahimangno sa Kahitas-an

busa lagi mga balaang tawo di mag-alig-alig og dawat og donation kay mabisto hinuon sa nation nga kinawat diay, na, patay! hinumdumi ang makasasala kusog mosipsip murag linta aron makuhaan… »


Makaulit na ning Pdaf scandal nganong di naman gyud kasohan ning mga garapal gikapoy na ta og paminaw mura na man ni’g gikuraw kalami ni sila isulod sa baril ug… »

COMMENT: Apology for Napoles

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) — Lawyer Bruce Rivera besides lawyering for known PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) or pork barrel scam brain Napoles is also her apologist.… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Pork ballooned with the rise of trapos and the decay of the party system

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) – Poor Janet Lim-Napoles: her name has become a Black Hole in which to dump all the dirt and dishonesty cooked up… »

COMMENT: After Almost a Year, Still All Sounds

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 23, 2014 – The PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) or pork barrel scam erupted ten months ago. To be exact, the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) exposed… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) – The Senate blue ribbon committee has finally made public the list of incumbent and former lawmakers who were supposedly involved in the multi-billion… »

Kidapawan SP bars members from releasing grants

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/4 April) – Members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) have agreed to waive their role of releasing funds for grants and donations to avoid graft and using such… »


GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 6, 2014 – The abolition of the SARO (Special Allotment Release Order by the DBM (Department of Budget Management) seems most commendable: “to accelerate releases so… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: PNoy: Graft buster or just another trapo?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 January) – Riding on the crest of sympathy that followed the death of his mother, President Corazon C. Aquino, Benigno S. Aquino III became the fifteenth president… »

Miriam hits back at Johnny: “An incorrigible liar and criminal”

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 4 Dec) – Round two of the word war between Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago exploded today with Santiago insisting that Enrile was the… »

SouthCot’s Pingoy says he’s ready to ‘face the music’ re pork barrel charges

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Dec) – Former South Cotabato governor and second district Rep. Arthur Pingoy Jr. said Wednesday he is ready to “face the music” over the malversation, direct… »

COMMENT: Closer to Home

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 November) – More than half-way (three years and five months) into his six-year term, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III is facing one of the greatest,… »

COMMENT: At Random: Patronage Politics (3)

III. Heart of Corruption GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 November)– The DAP is justified for avowed economic and social benefits done through it for the country. HoOwever, wWithout the DAP, the… »

COMMENT: Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Unconstitutional

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Nov) – Last November 19, the Supreme Court declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional. The declaration was “beyond reasonable doubt” on two… »


dili na unya ganahan modagan og utro si tongressman kay wala na’y ikapuhunan unsaon na lang ang plano sa asawa ug anak nga mopuli og dagan kadakong kunsume evaporate na… »

COMMENT: At Random: Patronage Politics (1)

I. Despite the Doctrine Patricio P. Diaz GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 8, 2013 – Do we really want to rid the Philippines of the social and political evils hounding the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Aquino Misses Vital Issues

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/2 November) – At 7:45 p.m. last October 30, President Bengino S. Aquino III, addressed the nation on ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) of the ABS-CBN Television. In… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Charade, Anyone?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/1 November)—Charade is a game in which something is said or done in order to pretend that something is true when it’s really not true. It… »


By Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate Last July 17, I and six (6) other members of the Makabayan Bloc – partylist representatives from Bayan Muna, Gabriela Women’s Party,… »

Davao lawyers want pork, DAP abolished

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Oct.) — Lawyers’ groups in the city joined calls for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In a forum… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Road narrows ahead

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 Oct.) – National television last week reported on a road project in Luzon funded under the Priority Development Assistance Fund. The road was apparently overpriced given its… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 Oct.) – Getting rid of the national budget of the pork barrel is not only good for the public funds. It can also restore some health to… »

Not easy to track PDAF projects, says project monitor

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – Most projects funded and implemented in Region 12 through the pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation of lawmakers are… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ug sila Nanagan

Abra ka dabra! mga akusado nanglupad na dili na makit-an, nanago na kinsa naman la’y kasohan? apan sige lang nia pa man mga senador ug tongressman siyaro’g mosibat pa dakong… »

Rechannel ‘pork’ funds to LGUs, social services

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews / 18 Sept) – All forms of pork barrel funds should be abolished and should be rechanneled to direct services with local government units, a former city… »

COMMENTARY: How can a P10B PDAF address the plight of marginalized peoples? Some simple answers

By Rick R. Flores THROUGH simple math and a bit of analysis of the conditions of society—not academically or scientific—through gut-feel and experience, the exposed corruption involving the misuse of… »

2 former Mindanao lawmakers among 38 sued over pork

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 September) – Two former House members from Mindanao have been charged with 36 other personalities in relation to the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. Former Congressmen Rodolfo… »

MIND DA NEWS: Loss of Pork, Loss of Rights?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 Sept) – House representatives are evidently considering the loss of their pork, the loss of rights – the right of their constituents so-called to… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Still unconvinced about pork? Let’s have lifestyle checks!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 September) — Some people, mostly trapos or traditional politicians, still believe in the Pork Barrel system as an instrument of governance. They’re so enamored of… »

MIND DA NEWS: Daang Matuwid Ignored

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – From the mounting reports on the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) or pork barrel scam, it is clear that the Daang Matuwid… »

Poor grass cutter included as incorporator of Napoles’ NGO?

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – A poor grass cutter in a hinterland in Magpet, North Cotabato got the surprise of his life when he received a summon from the… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Pork as irresistible tempter and corrupter

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – Why do you think they give a lawmaker’s pork barrel allocation an innocent-sounding label like “Priority Development Assistance Fund” or PDAF?… »

Bukidnon provincial board members willing to give up ‘pork’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 September) — Some members of the provincial board of Bukidnon in separate interviews Monday agreed to abolish their special projects fund (SPF), the local version of the… »

Rep. Matugas denies giving funds to fake NGOs

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Francisco T. Matugas has denied downloading part of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel to dubious… »

Mind da News: Aquino Gambles on Napoles

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 1, 2013 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III has gambled on Janet Lim-Napoles at the risk of his credibility and the dignity of his office.… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: The President as escort

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 September) – At this point in her life, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles poses a dilemma. She looks too bad to be given any space… »

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