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Amid differences, Filipinos echo same cry vs pork

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MANILA, August 28, 2013—Despite feasting on the different forms of protest in rallying against the appalling pork barrel scandal on Monday, Filipinos from all walks of life voiced out a common cry to the government—abolish the pork barrel scheme and prosecute those who are behind the multibillion-peso racket.

The protesters—composed mostly of middle-class students, laborers, and other concerned citizens—sang parody songs that tackle graft and corruption, recited poems, danced, and played musical instruments to express their abhorrence and disgust over the graft-tainted pork during the Million People March held in Luneta.

The rally, which ensued in a peaceful and patriotic manner, pushed through on its scheduled date amid President Aquino’s declaration on Friday of the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF, commonly known as the pork barrel).

Gathering nearly 100,000 individuals, the rally was the result of a citizen-led initiative that sprung from the posts of outraged citizens over social networking site Facebook.

Approximately P10 billion in pork allocation was allegedly channeled to dubious non-governmental organizations (NGO) by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brain behind the pork barrel scam.

In a separate report, the Commission on Audit (COA) revealed that 12 senators and 180 congressmen channeled P6.156 billion in pork through 82 NGOs from 2007 to 2009.

Public outrage 

Jess Mercado, 58, a retired radio technician, said that despite his child being sick, he still attended the rally to express his disgust on the anomalies committed by public officials trusted by the Filipino people.

“If President Aquino is really sincere in his anti-corruption campaign, he should abolish the pork barrel and entrust the nation’s coffers to honorable people who care for the plight of all Filipinos, not to those who only care about stealing the public’s money,” he said, noting that those involved in the scam are making a mockery out of the country’s democracy.

Mercado added that the multibillion-peso pork fund is also among the many reasons on why political dynasties continue to flourish in the country.

“A lot of senators and congressmen have clung to their posts for so long and yet they do nothing but rob the people’s money. They even urge other members of their families to run for public office so they may steal bigger amounts from the government,” he said.

He urged President Aquino to listen to the public’s call and make the state funds less susceptible to corruption by channeling it to developmental projects that may lessen flooding in the metro.

“My message to P-Noy, if he holds dear the martyrdom of his father and efforts of his mother to restore democracy in the country, he must do what is right for the people,” Mercado said.

“We have to wake up and be extra vigilant in watching over those thieves for the sake of the future generation,” he added. 

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