• Scrap-pork clamor swells in Makati

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    Hundreds gather near the statue of Ninoy Aquino on  Ayala Avenue to join the Million People March calling for the abolition of the pork barrel system which supposedly includes the Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP). PHOTO BY ALEXIS CORPUZ

    Hundreds gather near the statue of Ninoy Aquino on Ayala Avenue to join the Million People March calling for the abolition of the pork barrel system which supposedly includes the Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP). PHOTO BY ALEXIS CORPUZ

    Thousands on Friday assembled at the business hub of Makati City to renew calls for the abolition of all forms of pork barrel, including the Budget department’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

    The “Million People March” held at the Ayala Triangle attracted 10,000 people, according to one estimate. It was a far smaller crowd than the close to 70,000 that packed Rizal Park during the first Million People March last August 26.

    But the clamor to scrap the pork barrel was no less strident.

    Bishop Broderick Pabillo, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila, one of the early speakers in the Makati rally, described the DAP is but another form of pork barrel that needs to be done away with.

    “That (DAP) is also pork barrel which is being used by the government to bribe lawmakers to support them,” Pabillo said in his extemporaneous speech.

    To prevent the misuse of public funds, he called for transparency and the close monitoring of government spending.

    “There should be transparency ad stewardship of handling government funds,” said Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

    If the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his allies in Congress are serious in curbing corruption, Pabillo said, they should push for the enactment of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill.

    Patricia Tan, spokesperson of the Scrap Pork Network, also considered DAP as a form of pork barrel because the President and lawmakers have discretionary authority over it.

    Tan, however, said there is no proof that the DAP fund releases were used to bribe senators into convicting chief justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial.

    The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) expressed support for the Million People March in Makati.

    The MAP said there should be a “thorough house cleaning” in government by abolishing the PDAF and running after wrongdoers.

    MAP Vice President Rafael Alunan told reporters during a forum at the Asian Institute of Management that some business leaders participated in the rally not as business leaders “bearing their corporate flags, but as concerned Filipinos.”

    “They have to see a thorough house cleaning of the government and run after wrongdoers in the Senate and Congress including their accomplices and accessories in the executive branch, and LGUs [local government units]among others,” Alunan said.

    Alunan said the business leaders earlier talked to Senate President Franklin Drilon to deliver to President Benigno Aquino 3rd their request to abolish the PDAF, to run after wrongdoers and to pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that will promote greater transparency.

    He said that business executives have been supporting the anti-pork movement ever since it started in Luneta.

    “I think it is important for government to show that they are rolling out a campaign to clean house, clean up each implementing institutions of criminal syndicates…I think people want to see that happen,” Alunan, who was Tourism undersecretary during the Cory Aquino administration, said.

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    1. Wala mapupuntahan yan???? If you read on the new testament in the bible it said “ANG MAYAMANG BINATA” (Matthew 19:16-23) 16 Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19 Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Buti pa si Noynoy Aquino ibinigay niya pero kayo mga pari at mga brothers di ninyo tinupad Matthew 19:ver. 21 Bishop Broderick Pabillo at Archbishop Oscar Cruz ? Kayo ba ay nagbabayad ng TAX?

    2. Yan lang kadami nagpunta ng rally out of 12 million pipol in metro manila alone? Paano tayo pakikingan ng gobyerno niyan sa hinaing natin? Di kaya ibig sabihin niyan payag ang mga tao na ginagago lang at ninanakawan ng gobyerno?

    3. good job patriots. we need more rallies and people power to shaken these untouchables crooks and sanction them.

    4. We don’t need Butch Abad anymore to remove DAP for lawmakers… what the Marchers need now is a procedure by which all citizen can propose a petition to oust the monarch through People’s Referendum. Even the Friday’s Million March on Ayala Avenue was infiltrated already by the Yellow Society. See the unified system and coordinated program equipped with a costly raised platform to stage their satirical performance but without hitting the Hacienda Owner and lastly a huge golden pig made of papier-mâché were not be possible without the intervention of moneyed Ruling Class that supports the Tarlac native.

    5. Talagang pag pera ang pinag usapan, mainit sa kamay at bulsa. Everybody should take this as a challenge. This include not only people in the government even in the church. Nakaka eskandalo na nga.. In the midst of people’s poverty, some if not all priest busy on collecting money and properties for themselves. It is alright if it is for the help of poor people. But oftentimes, they are hiding in the skirt of foundation. Kun para sa mga tao, barya lang pero kun para sa kanila baka siguro millions na rin. Kaya hindi maipagtaka kun kaya gawin nang mga tao na nasa gobyerno kasi kahit within the church may gumagawa in the name of jesus pa. Now, It is time for serious recollection.