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Presumptions:1. The illicit use of pork barrel is long practiced2. The problem is systemic, it is not solely on the individuals involved3. Discretion on disposal of funds is primarily at the hands of the legislatorHistroy of Pork Barrel in the Philippines(Timeline)Sometime in the 1800s: ImportedInfamy. The Americans introduced theconcept of the pork barrel. In an article byHugh Rawson, which is posted onthe American Heritage website, the origin ofthe term is explained thus: "The metaphorstems from the practice in the prerefrigeration era of preserving pork in largewooden barrels of brine. The political usagemay have been inspired by the distribution ofrations of salt pork to slaves on plantations."Rawson cited journalist C. C. Maxey, whoobserved: "Oftentimes the eagerness of theslaves would result in a rush upon the porkbarrel in which each would strive to grab asmuch as possible for himself. Members ofCongress in the stampede to get their localappropriation items into the omnibus riverand harbor bills behaved so much like theslaves rushing the pork barrel, that these billswere facetiously styled 'pork-barrel' bills."Bottom line: It started out as some sor

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