Pork scam bolsters good governance bid
More News from Philippine Daily Inquirer
CITY OF CALAPAN—Charges of kickbacks and misuse by legislators of billions of pesos in pork barrel, formally called the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), have resurrected a movement for good governance among city residents.
“We demand the abolition of the PDAF system and the prosecution of the culprits,” said Resti Consigo, a Church-based leader who is among the convenors of the Alliance for Good Governance (All-Go-Go) in Calapan.
All-Go-Go in Calapan was formed following a series of dialogues with various sectors in the city. It gathered students, senior citizens, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, members of cooperatives, clergy members and seminarians, development workers, school heads and media people into joining a prayer-march protest at the city plaza on Sept. 21.
Ned de Guzman, a member of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, said “the pork barrel issue is everybody’s concern because when one pays for a product, one is taxed.”
Despite the rain, over 1,000 people joined the rally, which featured cultural presentations calling for accountability and patriotism, to demand the scrapping of the pork barrel. They marched from Oriental Mindoro National High School to the plaza.
On Aug. 26, more than 20 people convened at the plaza in response to the netizens’ call for a Million People March to Luneta.
Marius Agua, a professor, said the pork controversy had revived the movement for good governance. A Facebook account in the name of All-Go-Go in Calapan has also been created. Madonna T. Virola, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94