CBCP head welcomes PDAF scrapping

Catbalogan City, Samar - Cebu Archbishop and Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Jose S. Palma welcomed the abolition by President Benigno C. Aquino III of the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Palma said he is ''happy'' with the President's decision to abolish the PDAF, pointing out that even without funds, politicians can still help and extend assistance to their constituents.

''Yes, I welcome it,'' Palma said. ''There are many other ways of helping poor people and bringing development to areas which need assistance,'' Archbishop Palma said.

The CBCP president observed that over the years, the pork barrel fund allocations for members of the legislature and the Senate have been misused and abused by many politicians.

Palma said he was not aware of reports which point to some bishops who have received and/or have been benefited from pork barrel funds.

The prelate, who had also been bishop of Samar and Leyte in the past, was in Catbalogan to serve as main mass celebrant marking the Feast of Saint Bartholomew upon the invitation of former Supreme Court Associate Justice and Mrs. Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura.