• Churches join anti-pork sign up

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    People who want to sign up for the campaign to abolish the pork barrel system in government can do so after hearing mass today.

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    Catholic parishes will be open for the gathering of signatures as the national sign-up day against pork barrel system organized by the People’s Initiative Against Pork Barrel (PIAPB) continues.

    Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs Chairman Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the public to join in the campaign.

    Pabillo explained that the sign-up activity aims to gather the signatures of at least 10 percent of the total registered voters that would pave the way for the enactment of a law that would permanently ban the pork barrel system otherwise known as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

    He added that while the Supreme Court has declared PDAF unconstitutional, other pork barrel systems should stop because patronage politics remains the main cause of corruption in government.

    Pabillo said instead of allowing lawmakers to control public money, funds should go directly to the poor.

    Among the parishes that will join the event are the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran; Sta. Cruz Church in Manila; and the Quiapo Church or Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene and the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, as well as the dioceses of Sorsogon; Romblon; Borongan, Tuguegarao; Cebu; Kidapawan; and San Carlos.

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