P25-M reward on political slays

Solons asked to raise funds from their pork barrel.

MANILA, Philippines—A P25-million fund to end political killings has been ordered put up by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who also called on lawmakers to use part of their pork barrel to help raise the amount.

In a statement issued Tuesday from abroad, the President said the fund would finance a reward system for informants who could foil such killings or lead to the arrest of masterminds, in order to achieve a “violence-free political culture” once and for all.

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