Lani Mercado, the pork barrel, and Filipinos’ squatter mentality

This is what ‘actress-politician’ Lani Mercado, wife of actor-turned-senator Bong Revilla had to say about the idea of scrapping altogether the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel:

“Basta huwag lang manghihingi sa amin ang mga tao!”

Lani Mercado sets her terms with regard to proposals to scrap the pork barrel.
Lani Mercado sets her terms with regard to proposals to scrap the pork barrel.

Source of quote: PEP.ph.

And we wonder why the Philippines is renowned for its beggar culture.

To Ms. Lani Mercado et al:

Ang pera ay hindi hinihingi. Ito ay kinikita.

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Gogs
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Is it too much to expect public servants to have wisdom and discernment? In the Philippines the answer is yes. Proud to be Pinoy!

scarletpro
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In the Philippines, ten times out of ten, the answer is YES!!

Jay
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so the ends justify the means? i say its a confession of guilt. lol

Taga Cavite
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Eh di wag ka na ring manghihing sa amin ng boto!

Marc
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You vote politicians fort them to either govern or legislate, not to become everybody’s milking cow. This kind of mentality is the root of all our corruption culture in public service. From Barangay level ( when I say from Barangay level it starts with the SK chairman all the way up to Barangay Chairman) , then Municipal or City level ( Councilors to Mayors) to Provincial level- from the Bokals , to Vice Governors to Governors) then to Congressmen people would line up either in the office or in the residences of these elected officials asking /soliciting for money, food,… Read more »
Ka Inggo
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u hit it rt on the head… kaya napipilitang magnakaw mga yan e hinihingan kasi… ung isa nag komment pa na wag manghingi ng boto kung ayaw mamigay.. so kaya pala nya binoto e dahil mahihingan nya… benta-boto din lumalabas yun,,, naku lalong nadagdagan ang red-tape sa mga paghingi mo ng tulong sa DSWD at DOH…

Jetro C.
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napipilitan? o talagang pinag-isipan?? look deeper sana sa root ng cause kasi di ang paghingi ang problema lalu na kung sa tama lang naman proyekto ang pupuntahan ng mga ito… Ang Paghingi ng TULONG e di masama pero bilang mga opisyal mapalokal man o national, e sila ang magwasto at gumawa ng proyekto, nanghihingi ng pagkain kasi walang trabaho e di gumawa ng pangkabuhayan ang mga opisyal; nanghingi ng gamt kasi walang pambili, e di pagtibayin ang generic law, damihan hospital at taasan sweldo ng mga nars, doctors at mga tauhan ng pagamutan, nanghingi dahil sa pa Liga , ka… Read more »
Atty. Cita Borromeo-Garcia
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Atty. Cita Borromeo-Garcia

kasi nga mr. Marc, hindi nakakarating sa mga mahihirap ang dapat na mapunta sa kanila!!!. Nasa huling proceso ang mga mahihirap nauuna ang yumaman na muna ang mga po9liticians, at pag mumu na natira kung susuwertihin pa ang mga mahihirap baka maitapon man lang sa kanila.!!!

Marc
Guest

so ano sa palgay mo kumpanyera ang dapat nating gawin ng maiba ang processo? ng mabaligtad naman ang sitwasyon?

iska
Guest
Mr. Marc, desisyon ng politician kung magbibigay sya, so don’t blame it on the people who are asking….alam nila kung para saan ang pera, pumasok sila sa politika, dapat alam nila ang regulations ng paggamit ng pera ng bayan….why are they shooed away from the government facilities, kasi walang gamit and gamot ang facilities….kasi nandun pa rin kay local chief executive. Sana i-equip niya ang health facilities niya para ma-avail ng tao sa community niya ang services…asa kanila naman ang pondo…as for people who are asking for gifts, he should set his feet down and just not give. Don’t blame… Read more »
Marc
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Ka Iska, First It is so easy to say yang mga sinasabi mo but it will never happen in reality nor will it translate to immediate assistance to the needy. It looks good in paper to say that “desisyon ng politicians kung magbibigay siya o hindi”. It seemd you haven’t been to your Mayor’s office yet. Try to pay a visit for you to have a clear understanding and perhaps could come up with a more close to reality suggestions. It seems also you don’t understand the nature of these politicians and the nature itself of our ordinary Filipinos voters.… Read more »
Jetro C.
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To Marc (Again), To quote you: …it is so easy to say yang mga sinasabi mo but it will never happen in reality nor will it translate to immediate assistance to the needy…. > this is a very negative attitude towards change. Comments like this does not even help change the Philippines a better nation. To quote you further: ” …it looks good in paper to say that “desisyon ng politicians kung magbibigay siya o hindi”. > well it really looks good on print and why would it not?.. its true that politicians should have a higher state of judgement… Read more »
reggie
Guest

this is so true.. i’m sorry f i didn’t had a chance to ask for ur permission to repost it(on facebook), i already did. these days naman kung sino ang mas nakakatulong (with money, lugaw, karaoke, bingo prizes) sila ang iboboto ng tao….without realizing na sa tao din nanggagaling ang pera na ibibigay sa kanila

Jetro C.
Guest
wala naman masamang manghingi dahil may pondo naman ang gobyerno. Di ba kabikabila na nga ang tax na binabayaran at sinisingil sa taong bayan… kakaramput lang naman mga nabanggit mo. Ang HINDI tama e ang di pagliliquidate ng tama o maling declaration kung saan ginamit.. akalian mo.. BOLA ng baketball para sa Barangay e i-dedeclare na P10,000 isa? anu yun ginto? at wala pang item audit, generalized lahat tulad ng .. this is to declare that the amount of P1M was used for barangay project and agrarian reforms in Pangasina??? Weeeee! Ngayon mali ba ang manghingi o mali lang na… Read more »
Marc
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Mali in both ways. I don’t know if you indeed know how an LGU operate. First, I never said it is wrong to ask for help especially if it is a valid one, like a life saving one ( medicines, use of ambulance, hospitalization), but I think it is morally wrong as well to ask your local government to sponsor your Barangay’s Sports Basketball Fiesta League. Una, pera ng bayan yun para gastusin mo sa isang grupo lang ng tao. Di ba kapag pera ng bayn dapat lahat merong access at pwedeng pakinabangan? Pangalawa, sa ganyang mga proyekto nagkakaron ng… Read more »
Jetro C.
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Both Mali..? e di ikaw na tama… I graduated as MPA and talkig about (Legit) LGUs is another side of the story here. It is not morally wrong to ask, it happened in Jesus’ time. And Remember Jesus was also asked by Mary to help provide wine for the festivities. KAya nga may mga committees at programs in all fields. So san mo kukunin and tourism at socio ccultural and sports funds? and pag sinabi mo ba na League (pang sports) or Contest (cultural) wont help your community in anyway? Walang mali sa humingi (KUNG TALAGANG NANGANGAILANGAN) at magbigay (SA… Read more »
Ka Inggo
Guest

ngek!!! so kaya mo pala binoboto e dahil mahihingan mo?… benta-boto din lumalabas yun,,, anubayan!

konyosaNewyorkCity
Guest

Tama ka diyan!

konyosaNewyorkCity
Guest

kaya huwag ka ring manghihingi ng boto sa mga tao!

Atty. Cita Borromeo-Garcia
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Atty. Cita Borromeo-Garcia

TAMA! Ako ay one thousand percent na caviteno never ako pumoto sa mga Revilla at never akong magsabi sa mga kababayan ko na iboto ang mga Revilla. Agn mga Artista ay nasanay sa marangya, buhay artista nga ang sabi, sahil puro gusto nila ay ang mga tao hahanga sa kanila, Wala naman laman ang utak kundi pagpapasikat, mabuti pa ang niyog may sabaw na masarp at masustansiya. Yang mga artista na anging politicans tignan ninyo lula kay ERA hanggan sa mga estra, may naggawa bang matino? Si Lapid, puro nakaw, sila Revilla ang mga magkakapatid nagaaway dahil sa pera. TSE!!!!

Paul Farol
Member

Lani Mercado’s quip here tends to jive with what I have been thinking for the past couple of days.

The poor are the cause of corruption. Kung walang mahirap, mawawala ang korap.

John Paul Tan
Guest

Mr. Farol, let’s wage war on poverty not on poor people.

konyosaNewyorkCity
Guest

Paul Farol you have a konyontic mentality. Kaya hindi umasenso ang Pilipinas dahil sa mga kagaya mo.

WinterSoldier
Guest

Now I wanna ask: why there are poor people?And in any case, poverty is more like a choice than the other way around.

Fact: ang dahilan kung bakit hindi umasenso ang Pilipinas ay dahil sa SQUATTER MENTALITY, hindi ang pa-eklavu ng ilan dito.

Trum Ngao
Guest
The poor aren’t cause of corruption. Ang point dito ay pondo ng bayan. At karamihan mga politician ay mayayaman,at may mga pinag aralan. Ito nga ang malaking sampal sa reputation ng Pilipinas eh, may puwesto na sa trabaho, may negosyo pa at gusto pang kumabig sa ibang paraan. Hindi nakontento sa iisang lugar. Alam na nila na napakalaki ng problema ang pilipinas pagkatapus nag papasaway pa sila, ang kawawa dito ay ang mga inusenteng mga pulubi.. Tungkol naman sa squaters: Itoy kapabayaan din ng mga ofisyales ng bawat region/district/Municipalities, Kasi pinahintulutan nilang makapagtatayo ng mga barong-barong/temporary-permanent na shelters sa mga… Read more »
Bhogsky
Guest

Correct!! Madagdag ko lang din..san ba dapat mag umpisa ang pag babago…sa local na pamahalaan dapat diba..kung dito pa lang ay may corruption na .miski sarili nilang bakod ay hindi aasenso at iaasa na lang ang sisi sa mataas…

jon galt
Guest

what you said is sadly true..its not us being elitist..i have established a business that employs as much people that i can and i even see corruption under my umbrella..amongst them.hindi aasenso ang pilipinas dahil sa mga kagaya ninyong not getting involve in the economic development..i dare say our main problem is population explosion..and the flight of the great minds who selfishly goes elsewhere to live a safe successful life than here. decisions become a result of raw instinct..artistang kilala playing roles to lead us?? who got them up there..
sabagay there was simply no good choice anyway..

Jetro C.
Guest

Wow! Now lets blame the poor… hmmm di ba dapat ang SISTEMA ng gobyerno at mga namamahala ang dapat pagtuunan dito? And by the way Mr Farol, Tell me which country dont have any poor, homeless, and illegal settlers who can be declared a non-corrupt country?

Mummy Chinggay
Guest

Excuse me Mr. Farol, hiyang-hiya naman ako sa comment mo! Ano kaya kung ibahagi mo ang kayamanan mo sa mga poor people na sinasabi mo ng mabawasan sila sa populace?

Easy for you to point out the blame on those people who badly needed the help of this so called “public servants.” Kung sana ay ginamit ang perang yan to teach this people how to fish rather than ask for it, di sana nabawasan na sila. Yun ang punto dito Mr. Farol.

ces
Guest

I agree with you, Mummy Chinggay!

MukangTanga
Guest

ang tanga mo… ang sabihin mo the corruption are the cause of poor.. bobo! ano connection ng mga mahirap sa korap? dahil nga naghihirap dahil sa korap tanga! leche ka ang bobo mo

Ybanez Clan
Guest

There is something wrong with our laws, we pay taxes, but its the poor, who does not pay tax, that put candidates in office, the likse of Erap, Sotto and Bong Revilla. I have nothing against the poor, but I do have a problem with our laws in terms of equality. There should be a law limiting the right of sufferage by putting qualifications, like only high graduates can vote.

Johnny Saint
Guest

Not sure about “educational background” as a determinant for voting. You can be a 13-year-old genius who can vote wisely just as you can be a 50-year-old moron who sells his vote. But neither condition necessarily demonstrates the capacity to vote for the option that will put the welfare of society ahead of personal ambition. Ultimately you want voters to choose officeholders who are willing to sacrifice themselves as well as possess the ability to govern.

Jetro C.
Guest

At least sa sinabi mong ito kaya kong sabihin.. I AGREE. hahaha

Atty. Cita Borromeo-Garcia
Guest
Atty. Cita Borromeo-Garcia

hindi lang sila poor theyare also with little sense of discernment because they have not reached that stage of education like we had. The funds of the government never reached them to study. It was never the priority of those politicians to teach the poor. Sa kanila mahirap iyan hayaan na lang sila maging mahirap./

Johnny Saint
Guest

That also seems to be a mistake. If you are educated it doesn’t mean you are wiser. Look at the number of educated middle class who voted for Noynoy Aquino. Arguably a better choice would have been Manny Villar who has manegerial skills. Instead, large numbers of “smart” people voted for the nebulous idea of honest government translating to prosperity. Education doesn’t equate to wisdom. And continuing the use of government funds to “educate” the poor still doesn’t ensure the best leaders will be elected.

jon galt
Guest

education though gives one a fighting to chance to compete in the real world instead of being in the gutter selling body parts or stealing them..in the end its a lopsided economy if there is the unbalanced scale..entertainers are the escape of the idle..whew..

Johnny Saint
Guest

Jon,

I’m not questioning the VALUE of education. I’m questioning the blind logic of the assumption that a high school diploma or a college degree automatically ensures the wisdom to choose the right leaders. And by extension the previous assertion that in order for us to have better leaders, we need to throw more taxpayer’s money at the educational system. Also, I disagree with the biased notion that someone without a formal education is incapable of making sophisticated choices.

Jetro C.
Guest
My point exactly. Yes Ybanez clan i agree they deduct me a tax which is almost a minimum salary wage for a regular contractual employee.. but what do i get out of it? sobrang traffic sirang mrt, lrt, elevators, escalator, vendo machines, sirang traffic lights, baha, less teachers medical services in the barrio .. and the list go own. Share ko lang ng lindol nga sa baguio in july 1990 would you believe guys dahil asa middle class ang family ko e we never were able to receive any relief goods e pareparehas lahat kaming nasiraan ng bahay at na… Read more »
Gabriella
Guest

The right of suffrage is a basic human right…everyone so long as they are of the right age must be given the chance to choose who will represent them. If a government discriminates its people’s voting rights based on their educational attainment…it will further divide the people b/w the have and the have nots…a very dangerous thing to consider.

Mummy Chinggay
Guest

I agree. What if it’s the other way around? Why pick on the voters? What if the people who are running for office should be scrutinized? Eh ang may mga kaso nga nakakatakbo for re-election, at nanalo pa! Bakit ang daming nuisance candidates? Kasi nga, walang maayos na pamantayan ang batas natin as to this things.

I can vividly remember what my professor told us, that when we choose a person for office, choose the LESSER EVIL. Ngayon ko lang na gets kasi nga lahat sila EVIL!

Ybanez Clan
Guest

*high school graduates

lourdes r. principe
Guest

what a cruel statement !!!

first timer
Guest

After graduating from college, I worked as a clerk in a government office and I was very surprised at the kind of requests we received from the people. Sometimes, I even have to “dukot” from my wallet just to hand something – though I only give to those who really are in need. Minsan kasi mga professional beggars na ang pumapasok sa office namin at humihingi na kung anu-ano every week.

odellbub
Guest

I don’t get this. Is the writer mad at Lani Mercado? She did make a valid point, after all — constituents do ask money from politicians, as if they are the masses’ milking cow, like what Marc said. Why is he telling Lani Mercado et al that money is earned and not begged for? Shouldn’t he be telling that to the Filipinos with squatter mentalities?

Johnny Saint
Guest
Politicians are the other side of the coin. Their dole out programs feed the idea that if you want to, you can get by without having to work for a living or becoming a productive member of society. Legislators especially shouldn’t be preoccupied with how much money they can allocate for certain pet projects. They should be concerned with crafting laws that affect the whole of their constituency, not just the poor. Instead they involve themselves in what should be the function of the various departments of the executive branch. That in itself is erroneous. It gives the impression that… Read more »
Gabriella
Guest
If the Legislators shouldn’t be preoccupied w/ how much money can be allocated for certain projects…then they shouldn’t be given the PDAF anymore. The PDAF should go to various agencies of the government, such as: DSWD, DAR, DOH, DEP-ED, TLRC, TESDA, NEDA, NHA, etc. It is true that each district will have different needs from it’s neighbouring district, hence the politicos’ justification for needing to have control over their PDAF. Which is why the government agencies and the legislator (may include LGU also), should work in collaboration on the finalisation of the allocations to meet all the needs of each… Read more »
tldr
Guest

Para kasing inamin ni Lani na pang charity nila ang pork. Lol.

Fenris
Guest

Like my wife always says, they should only allow tax-payers to vote. Also, there should be a relation between the amount of taxes you pay and the gravity of your vote.

In other words, kung di ka nagbabayad ng taxes, di ka pwede bumoto.

Pero, sino naman tangang legislator ang gagawa ng ganitong law, diba? If they did this, wala nang boboto sa kanila!

jon galt
Guest

correct.

Jetro C.
Guest

i agree.

Johnny Saint
Guest

You agree that the rich deserve more rights when deciding/voting on the country’s leadership and policies that affect the whole nation? Isn’t that highly ELITIST?

Jetro C.
Guest
read this comment again Johnny Saint. Taxpayers are not only the rich (aka ELITE) maraming tax payers who pays their taxes(taxes which includes but not limited to community taxes, professional taxes, income tax pati na VAT) forced and voluntary. I agree that people who should be heard in greater gravity should be the one who are both forced and voluntarily pay taxes. isa pa, marami dyan sa ating mga mamayan e di alam ang PTR o Income tax either kasi low minimum wage sila, o wala naman lisensya, worst yun iba nga e di rin nag babayad ng community tax… Read more »
Johnny Saint
Guest

By the current tax structure EVERYONE already pays some form of tax upon consumption. 😉 It’s called the Value Added Tax (VAT).

By your logic, you are giving RICH elite who pay taxes a greater voice in the running of the country. How is this equitable? You WANT Kris Aquino to have more power in the vote simply because she is rich?

Jetro C.
Guest

hmmm iba naman yat ayun tax ng mga nag tratrabaho above minimum wage.. INCOME TAX ba yun ? hehe… ito yata yun pinakamalaking binabayaran natin e… bukod sa community tax, property tax, income tax, professional tax… hay naku

Johnny Saint
Guest

You still have THE EXACT SAME RESULT if you use income tax. Thus is simple reasoning. With a HIGHER INCOME, you PAY HIGHER TAXES. Therefore the richer you are, by this logic, the more weight your vote carries. Is this equitable to you?

Johnny Saint
Guest

Hay naku, Jetro! Matuto ka muna mag-isip.

Jetro C.
Guest
Mr. Johhny Saint (?) nag iisip ako .. (ng TAMA! Gumagamit ka ba ng Dictionary.. income tax is from PERSONAL INCOME which does not include community taxes, yun VAT (mo), PRT at kung anu anu pa. but since this are all TAXES in category, marami ang nagbabayad ng tax or mga tax payers. You speak of equality, but I defend and support it. Point to ponder lang. Lastly, ayan ka na naman,you use put words on people’s mouth. in this case .. magbasa ka nga ng ayos, there was no mention of RIGHTS nor RICH in any of my comments…… Read more »
Johnny Saint
Guest

It’s a simple enough question. Should a blue collar worker have fewer rights than the president of the company he/she works for simply because he belongs to a lower pay scale?

Jetro C.
Guest

Hay naku.. the right to VOTE or govern is not the issue dito.. the RIGHT for TRANSPARENCY lang yan.

libertas
Guest

democracy is clearly wasted on you and explains why the philippines is not one

Gabriella
Guest

I agree…it is everyone’s right to vote. If the gravity of someone’s vote is to be based on the value of their Income Tax…only the less than 10% of the population that belongs to the “truly rich” will be able to choose who to represent them.

Not to sound condescending, but most of the people on this thread should probably waste their time voting…if the basis is the value of Income Tax…unless you’re part of the less than 10% rich of the Philippines.

Juan Dela Cruz
Guest

To Ms. Mercado, the very same “tao” you are speaking off are the ones who voted for you, the ones who watched your cheap films, the ones who pays taxes to support high salaries in the govt.

Dise N. Te
Guest
Ms. Lani, hindi ka dapat binoboto ng mga tao dito sa Cavite, hindi sa iyo ang pera ng Pork Barrel or PDAF, yan ay kaban ng Gobyerno at galing sa buwis ng mga tao na nagpapakahirap magtrabaho at mga kompanya na nagsusulong ng pag unlad ng bansa, dapat sa iyo ay mauntog at magising, nilukluk at binoto ka ng tao dahil sa paniniwala na makakatulong ka sa pag unlad ng bayan ng Cavite at sa pag unlad na ito ay aangat ang antas ng kabuhayan nila. Kung ang bulok mong paniniwala na binoto ka para maglustay at mag payaman, dito… Read more »
mona
Guest

kaya nadami ang magnanakaw na politiko dahil sa mga manghihingi na hindi matanggihan sa kadahilanan namang kawalan ng boto pag ‘di napagbigyan

lupa
Guest

lumalabas din sa bukambibig nila,.parang di ata sanay magsalita in DEFENSE MANNER,.

Joseph Orsos
Guest
I think the word “tao” is in its general sense. This also includes local officials (barangay municipal or city officials) requesting for projects or funding of their own activities, na pag hindi mo pinagbigyan hindi ka na dadalin ng grupo nila. Though legal ang disbursement, kulang at kulang din pag pinatulan lahat ng requests ng local officials. Mas problema nila ito kaysa sa mga ordinaryong nanghihingi lang. Dun naman sa nanghihinging private individuals, i dont think it poses a real problem dahil sa totoo lang 50 or 100 pesos lang naman normally ang binibigay nila, bihira umabot ng 500 pesos.… Read more »
Jaybee
Guest

“Beggar Culture?”

Hay naku! Punta kayo sa Bohol at ang daming mga “Donation Boxes” (a.k.a. “Tip boxes”)on every resort there. Nakakahiyang tignan at malaman na ang mga cultural performers doon ay kumikita ng maliit sa mga resorts na ito. Kawawa naman.

WinterSoldier
Guest

It seems that you missed something:

SQUATTER MENTALITY

Dinky Teruel
Guest

naguguluhan ako. akala ko ang pork barrel nila ay para sa mga projects at hindi nila ma encash yun. Parang sinasabi ni Ms Lani nakukuha nila cash ang pork barrel. hhmmmmmm

taga Imus
Guest

who we think taught lanie to come out that answer? namumuhunan para maging politko at pinagtutubuan ang pera na galing sa gobyerno.

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