A Role that should Rule Essay

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A Role that should Rule (An article concerning the roles of LGU to its constituents through public funds as well as citizens’ roles in having and maintaining a just and honest local government)

A Micro Essay Presented to Prof. Clyde Ben Gacayan
Division of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
For the Course in Political Science 14

By
Noah Faye Andres
March 4, 2014

A Role that should Rule
(An article concerning the roles of LGU to its constituents through public funds as well as citizens’ roles in having and maintaining a just and honest local government)

The constitution of the Philippines recognizes the importance of
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Going back to the issue, is it right to abolish pork barrel? Following are some of the arguments presented that support the abolition of PDAF.

Legislators concede that the PDAF is corruptible and has been corrupted through the years. (Crisologo, 2013 ) It is because it served as a tool for bargaining or negotiation in different levels. Such ‘compromise exchange’ according to Tawanaka can exemplify the transaction between the President who is dominant in budget making and implementation and the congress in general legislation by using the PDAF to meet both party’s needs. Also, in the districts themselves, the PDAF is political. Congressmen have become the “charitable” beacons to their followers, in spite of the legitimate needs of others. The worst manifestation of this is when personal gain is involved and individuals like Napoles provide the mechanism for this corruption. It also becomes a way to fund political patronage, where the money is given to those who will ensure them another term in government. (Crisologo, 2013 )With these, the objective to allocate this fund only for public purposes was violated. Instead of fulfilling public’s interests, people’s money went to corrupt politicians’ pockets.

Concomitantly, some of our legislators, like

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