Aquino’s ancestor pushed to abolish pork

PHILIPPINES, Manila : This handout photo taken and released on February 26, 2013 by Malacanang Photo Bureau (MPB) shows Philippine President Benigno Aquino speaking during a press conference at Malacanang Palace in Manila where he warned a sultan, he would face the "full force of the law" if he did not end a standoff involving his armed followers in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Aquino told Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to recall 180 of his followers, about 30 of whom were armed, from a fishing village on the island of Borneo where they have been facing off with Malaysian security forces for two weeks. AFP PHOTO / Rey Baniquet / MPB ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / REY BANIQUET / MPB" --- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

While President Benigno Aquino III does not want to abolish the pork barrel, now the subject of a scam involving alleged queen Janet Napoles, it was his great maternal grandfather who already said back in 1925 that the pork barrel was a violation of the rule on the power of the purse. The President should listen to his ancestor, said Rappler Thought Leaders writer Eric Gutierrez. In a speech by Sen Juan Sumulong, then the minority floor leader and leader of the opposition, he said ‘The power of the purse belongs to Congress, which is not allowed to increase the appropriations recommended by the President, although that rule is often violated as congressmen scramble to increase budget items for so-called pork barrel funds.” Juan Sumulong’s daughter Demetria was married to Don Pepe Cojuangco; Demetria and Don Pepe were the parents of Cory Aquino.

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