Political Corruption in Philippine Elections: Money Politics Through the Pork Barrel System
17 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 21, 2018
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.
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