Political Corruption in Philippine Elections: Money Politics Through the Pork Barrel System

17 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2018

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Neri Javier Colmenares

Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne

Date Written: March 21, 2018

Abstract

This paper discusses the legislative pork barrel in the Philippines, particularly the ‘CDF’, that is, the Constituency Development Fund and similar funding for projects initiated by legislators. This paper argues that this lump sum discretionary fund is a specie of political corruption that is inherently unconstitutional and susceptible to graft and corruption. It also compromises the integrity of elections and should be proscribed entirely as illegal campaign financing and a violation of election laws, not least because the discretionary nature of the lump sum amounts means it is a form of political corruption that cannot be effectively regulated.

Suggested Citation

Colmenares, Neri Javier, Political Corruption in Philippine Elections: Money Politics Through the Pork Barrel System (March 21, 2018). Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 18, No. 2, Article 2, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3144932

Neri Javier Colmenares (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne ( email )

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