MANILA (Mabuhay) – More business executives saw “a lot” of corruption in government last year when the so-called P10-billion pork barrel scam was exposed, a poll conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed.
The 2013 SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption showed 56 percent of business executives believed that corruption in the public sector was widespread – a dramatic increase from the record-low 43 percent recorded in 2012.
The number of businessmen who believed that President Benigno Aquino III’s administration’s anti-corruption efforts were “somewhat effective” slightly decreased to 73 percent in 2013 from 78 percent two years ago.
More traders also declared having personal knowledge of government corruption, while a lesser number revealed having an “extensive” knowledge of the Aquino administration’s efforts against corruption.
The figures were the results of a survey conducted among 951 business executives across the country from July 31 to November 29 last year – a period marked by widespread media coverage of the pork barrel scam.
The anomalous transactions – allegedly staged by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles – supposedly involved the funneling of government funds to fake foundations that enabled some congressmen and senators and other government officials to pocket their pork barrel allocations.
Appropriations of government spending for projects in the districts of lawmakers is sometimes referred to as pork barrel.
In its ruling declaring the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) as unconstitutional, the Supreme Court defined “pork barrel funds” as “lump sum, discretionary funds of members of the legislature.”
PDAF is the official term for pork barrel funds.
Napoles, three senators and three former congressmen are currently facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for the alleged involvement in the scam. (MNS)