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People’s initiative against discretionary funds or pork barrel – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

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As deliberations started in Congress on the proposed national budget for 2015, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) endorsed on Thursday, August 7, a people’s initiative against discretionary funds or pork barrel. In a statement Thursday evening, CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the CBCP has “been informed of attempts to perpetuate the system through the appropriation of lump sums in the national budget under various pretexts.” Rappler

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