Many have hailed the "Duterte veto" of 95 billion pesos worth of Congressional insertions as a watershed moment in our political history.
True enough, this is because it is the first time, at least in recent memory, we see a chief executive wield decisive veto power against pork barrel politics common in congress.
It also shows the Presidents influence over a congress seen by many as a marketplace for political horse trading. Unlike previous presidencies, this current one cannot seem to be blackballed by congress.
It also brings us back to how government and the separation of powers ought to be, as we are taught in high school social studies classes:
While congress retains the power of the purse, it is the executive that spends and is accountable for delivering on the benefits and programs these expense items are supposed to deliver. That is how it is supposed to be.
With the veto, no longer will representatives and senators be allowed to dip their hands in these funds and fool the people into thinking that these therefore require courtesies or recognition for them.
No longer can they brandish their faces as deliverers of paved street and drainage systems.
The veto kills pork barrel politics, changing our political culture for the better. We hope it stays that way.