Pasay City, Philippines – Each of the 24 Philippine Senators are allocated P200 million annually to spend on their pet public projects. The money comes from taxpayers and is part of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), more commonly known as pork barrel.
The PDAF hit the headlines yet again after an alleged scam involving the diversion of several lawmakers’ pork barrel funds was exposed in the media. Funds, totalling P10 billion, were allegedly poured into phony Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), to the personal benefit of the senators and their cronies.
On Friday, a herd of pigs staged a peaceful protest in front of the Senate Building on Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City. Protest organizers said the pigs were tired of their reputation being tarnished by these pork barrel scams. They also announced their support for a proposed resolution filed Wednesday by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago which would totally eliminate lawmaker pork barrels by 2016.
Friday’s protest is only the second such public disobedience staged by the country’s pigs. The first known pig protest was held a few months ago during the Parada Ng Lechon (Parade of Roasted Pork). See story here.
This, according to a confirmed report from The Huffington Post. Coming out in support of Edward Snowden and against the NSA’s domestic spying, that is.
Glendale, California – The International House of Pancakes (IHOP), the U.S.-based restaurant chain specializing in breakfast foods, is suing Taco Bell over the latter’s new offering – the waffle taco.
IHOP, established in 1958, is suing the Irvine, California-headquartered Taco Bell for unfair business practices. “By using waffles – a regular breakfast fair at IHOP restaurants – in its new offering, Taco Bell is not only imitating our popular and best-selling menu item, but is threatening to cut into our profits,” a spokesperson for IHOP told reporters and food bloggers.
“I mean, come on,” the spokesperson said, “they’re called Taco Bell for a reason. They should just stick to tacos.”
Taco Bell, founded in 1962, has been facing some financial challenges in recent years, forcing it to join forces with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and other fastfood chains just to survive. “Our waffle taco might just put us over the top. We need something to boost our business,” said an executive from Taco Bell who chose to remain anonymous. He did not comment on the lawsuit.
The new waffle taco is set to debut at selected Taco Bell restaurants this Thursday.