Will all senators receive disputed barrilito funds again

Dolores

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Source: El Nuevo Diario

Incoming senators will once again have access to their “barrilito” (little barrel), a local term for discretionary funds critics call slush funds. According to Listin Diario, the program costs the government over RD$21 million monthly.

The “social management fund,” created in 2006 by then-Senate president, the late Reynaldo Pared Perez (National District-PLD), provides legislators extra money on top of their salaries. Allocations range from RD$609,000 for Independencia province to RD$1,059,000 for the National District, with distribution or use of these funds at the discretion of each senator.

While intended for social assistance, there are no regulations or oversight on how the funds are spent. Several senators in the last term (2020-24), including Eduardo Estrella, Faride Raful, Antonio Taveras, and deputy Jose Horacio Rodriguez, refused...

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CristoRey

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"Omar Fernandez, son of former President Leonel Fernandez, expressed reservations but says he will take the money. He called the funds a “distortion” and advocated for transparency."

100% aGREED.
 

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"Of those who did not receive the slush fund, only senator Antonio Taveras (Santo Domingo province- PRM) will return as a senator for 2024-28."

Stash the slush money so when the elections come you have money to buy pica-pollo for your constituents would've been a better strategy than trying to do the right thing.