From Neal Cruz’s article at the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
“If P-Noy were to abolish the pork barrel, he would be so popular and loved by a grateful people, he would surely be reelected if there were no term limits to the presidency.
But why do presidents continue with the pork barrel system even when they know that it reeks of corruption? Because it is a means of making the legislators do their wishes. Cooperative legislators get their pork promptly; uncooperative ones don’t. Thus, the pork is being used to bribe legislators. Note that no pork allocation can be released without the President’s approval.
The presidents, including P-Noy if he does not stop the pork barrel system, are all guilty of bribery. Was P-Noy sincere when he said he would fight corruption? Judge for yourself whether he is fighting or abetting corruption by continuing the hated pork barrel system.”
Yes, your honor, we are all guilty. The whole goddarned country is guilty because we were the ones who voted for the *&%$^@* legislators who are now the subject of this trial. In our defense, your honor, we were hungry. That’s mainly the reason why we voted for them. They gave us lechon (and we only eat lechon every 3 years your Honor) so we gave them their pork, er vote (same banana, yes?).