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The power struggle in the House of Representatives has nothing to do with lawmakers allegedly fighting to get a bigger slice of pork barrel funds, appropriations committee chairman Rep. Eric Yap said Monday (September 21).

Yap responded to the remark of Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate over the supposed role of pork barrel funds in the rumored coup plot against House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano at the height of budget deliberations.

“Hindi ko naintindihan kay Congressman Zarate bakit nya sinasabing pork yun. Unang-una, yung mga pinag-aawayan is yung para sa parochial concerns,” Yap said.

For example, ako sa Benguet, ako iyong congressman ngayon doon. Karapatan ko na makiusap sa executive, baka puwede niya kaming lagyan ng dagdag na kalsada, dagdag na tulay, iyong mga kailangan namin sa probinsya namin,” he added.

Yap, however, insisted the district allocations are not pork barrel funds because they go to districts.

“Hindi naman ibig sabihin, pork ito, na iyong pera sa amin ibinigay. Hindi po. Sa kalsada po ito, sa ospital and yung uneven distribution po, e talagang never naging parehas yan,” he said.

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