Quantcast
Napoles
Latest Stories

Militant groups support people’s initiative proposal

By

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines – Militant groups on Tuesday said they will hold activities in support of former Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s “people power” against the pork barrel system.

The Youth Act Now network said they will hold youth assemblies to gather signatures and pledges for the People’s Initiative. Meanwhile Piston will form an alliance of transport groups for the same purpose.

Earlier, Puno said a people’s initiative is needed to truly abolish the pork barrel system. He said in a statement that Congress “cannot legislate against its own selfish interest.”

“Under our 1987 Constitution, the power to enact laws is no longer exclusively vested in Congress but can now be directly exercised by the people in recognition of the doctrine that the people are the real sovereign and not their elected legislators,” he said.

“The plan to hold a Peoples’ Initiative versus pork is a welcome development. It can be a vehicle for millions of young people to express their collective disappointment and outrage versus the corrupt and pro-pork Aquino government,” Youth Act Now convenor Vencer Crisostomo said.

The group commended Puno for “heeding the challenge of the times and for lending his wisdom, experience and reputation to the broad movement against pork.”

“It is clear now that Aquino and his administration won’t abolish pork and will not bring change…We can only rely on collective action and people power to make sure the rotten, corrupt system is ended,” Crisostomo said.

Meanwhile, Piston national president George San Mateo said, “The majority of lawmakers, and even President Benigno Aquino III, will not act to voluntarily scrap the corrupt pork barrel system because then benefit from it. That is why various sectors of should work together to ensure the success of the People’s Initiative.”

San Mateo said they already have a line-up of protest actions against the Priority Development Assistance Fund and other discretionary funds.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) also said they are “ready to mobilize [their] 50,000 members throughout the country not only to sign, but to gather signatures in their locality.”

“It is already apparent that they (lawmakers) are there not because of their desire to serve the country by crafting laws that will address the needs of the Filipino people. They took millions from us, but can’t even enact a law that will give us (public school teachers) a decent and humane compensation,” ACT national president Benjie Valbuena said.

Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno has also started a series of noise barrage protests in support of Puno’s campaign.

“We support the people’s initiative against the pork barrel system and we vow to do everything we can to make it a success. We are calling on all Filipinos to show their disgust over this system of corruption and deceit by signing against it,” KMU secretary-general Roger Soluta said.

KMU said, in a statement, that they are “eager to have a copy of the official petition for the initiative,” which requires the signature of 10 percent of all registered voters or over 5.2 million Filipinos and at least three percent of voters in every legislative district.

The groups said they are confident that an “overwhelming majority of Filipinos” will support the campaign.
“We urge them to show up in huge numbers in various public forums aimed at explaining critiques of the pork barrel system and at gathering signatures,” Soluta said.

RELATED STORIES:

Palace unfazed by people’s initiative against pork barrel

Comelec bats for ‘people’s initiative’ to stop political dynasties

Kapatiran Party reminds Comelec on pending people’s initiative vs political dynasties

Janet Napoles and the pork barrel scam


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Napoles

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Janet Napoles , People’s Initiative , Pork barrel , pork barrel scam , Reynato Puno




Copyright © 2014, .
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
Advertisement
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
Advertisement

News

  • 4 Etihad passengers not yet located
  • DAR to complete installation of Luisita land reform beneficiaries in May
  • Ex-COA chief and co-accused in Arroyo plunder case nabbed
  • Kris Aquino’s ex- close in security named new Air Force chief
  • The ‘link diagram’ that killed ex-Bataan police officer
  • Sports

  • NLEX holds off Jumbo Plastic for a playoff berth
  • Pacquiao can dodge tax issues
  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
  • Big Chill freezes Cafe France to arrest skid
  • Pacquiao has to go through PBA Rookie draft
  • Lifestyle

  • Summer Mayhem: The ultimate beach experience
  • A haven for steak lovers
  • Gongs and southern dances star in a workshop at San Francisco Bayanihan Center
  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • Metro Pacific acquires stake in Victorias
  • How ‘one percent’ economic elite was uncovered
  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Tiff with HK over Luneta hostage fiasco finally over
  • DOLE sees more Filipinos hired by South Koreans
  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  • Fil-Am youth conferences unite under one theme
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement