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PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?

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WITH THE WIDE SPREAD ABUSE OF THE PORK BARREL, DO YOU THINK IT'S TIME TO SCRAP IT?

YES
23 (92%)
NO
2 (8%)

Total Members Voted: 25

ferrariEverest

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Reply #45 on: Aug 17, 2013, 01:23 PM
kaya systemic ang corruption kasi maaga palang natuturuan na.

tulad ngayong darating na barangay election, boboto rin ang mga bata sa SK election.  bata palang gumagaya na sa maling sistema na mga nakakatandang pulitiko.

one way to reduce corruption?

Increase the fines several folds and give a high reward sa enforcers.

example, no parking zone pero may nag park, make it 10,000 peso fine or even 20,000 syempre yung humuli malaking lagay rin ang hihingin usually 50% of the fine so mahirap para sa isang nahuli magbayad ng lagay kasi malaki sobra ang singilan. 

tingin ko bababa ang corruption rate at tataas naman ang rate ng pagsunod sa mga batas trapiko.
hahaha! pareho tayo ng idea. tagal ko na rin naisip yan.

dapat lahat ng penalties ngayon iangat ng 10,000% or more para mapilitang madisiplina yung mga matigas ulo.
pati yung mga bawal na products gaya ng sigarilyo at alak, dapat itaas rin.
isang stick ng sigarilyo, dapat P100 to P500 per stick.
isang bote ng alak dapat P300 to P1000 isa.

kahit mayayaman aaray pag ganyan.

dapat kung ano yung tama, healthy at kapaki-pakinabang , yun ang mura. the reality is, baligtad e. :D


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Reply #46 on: Aug 17, 2013, 01:38 PM
ibig sabihin ngalang nag audit ang COA???


kobabear

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Reply #47 on: Aug 17, 2013, 02:34 PM
^ high profile resignations... mangyari rin kaya sa Pilipinas?

sana nga malinis din ang Pinas.

Kahit di na sila mag-resign basta matuluyan na lang silang maging baboy para meron tayong mga Swineators, Congress Porksentatives, Porksident, Lechon Liberal Sarsa Party, National Pork Party. Lahat sila kasali rin sa PPP (Pork-Pork-Partnership) projects and meron din tayong Pig party list. Mainitan sigurado kahit sa Babuyan Elections.

Hwag lang tayong tawaging Piglipinas na may P(ork)-noy porksident.  :harhar:


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Reply #48 on: Aug 18, 2013, 03:17 PM
Meron na rin tayong mga:

Provincial Boar Members
Karneng Baboy Lamang - KBL


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Reply #49 on: Aug 18, 2013, 05:29 PM
Definitely scrap it! It's obviously a powerful tool of the executive to control/have some clout on the legislative (the "carrot and stick" arrangement"), it was only meant for that and not as a means to prioritize the development of/assist the countryside (whatever that means).

Why don't we just let the the respective municipalities create/submit their development projects proposals by themselves, which the central government will then evaluate? And let the most deserving ones get their funding. Besides, senators and congressmen are supposed to legislate, and not be funding agencies for their constituents. Kung pinambayad na lang sa utang ng bansa ang lahat ng pera na ginamit sa PDAF, baka mababa/wala na tayong utang.

Nasira pa tuloy ang pangalan ng mga NGOs, who inherently should be the main representatives of the so-called "civil society". From saint to devil, grabe...

At a glance, one can't help but "admire" the ingenuity of those behind the alleged PDAF scams, grabe tuso ng mga ito. Sana na lang gamitin ang sobrang katalinuhan nila for the greater good, not for their own selfish ends.

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Reply #50 on: Aug 19, 2013, 06:58 PM
Name a guy in Philippine politics and most likely he has pork blood running in his veins...


Why Congress won’t act on call for pork scam probe

Why is Congress playing deaf to the growing clamor to abolish the annual P24-billion pork barrel?

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said Sunday that with the release of the Commission on Audit (COA) report, the main reason why Congress does not want to investigate the scam has been revealed.

“It is now clear that the reason why there is resistance to an investigation in Congress is because those who are involved are in power,” Colmenares said.

He said, however, that the lawmakers’ involvement should spur Congress to investigate the scam or “risk being accused of making a cover-up.”

The lawmakers involved are either senators or congressmen who received more than their annual Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations (P200 million for senators and P70 million for representatives) or dealt with dubious nongovernment organizations (NGOs) from 2007 to 2009, according to the 412-page COA investigative report.

The COA team that did the special audit of the PDAF was composed of Catherine B. Petri, Kristina Cleo R. Bigornia, Jennifer A. Sanorjo, Cristina P. Mercado, Ma. Cristina Irene P. Franco, Joselita G. Corteza, George S. Tamayo, Jr., Dondon P. Marcos, Joselito N. Sucion, Rosemarie R. Magtaan, Onofre R. Mores, Lydia R. Dizon, Teresita T. Santiago and Grace T. de Castro.

The team leaders were Joan Agnes N. Alfafaras, Angelita A. Aquino, Cheryll Apalisoc, Leona A. Andriano, and Gloria D. Silverio. The overall leader of the team was Elsielin C. Masangcay.

9 senators

There are nine incumbent senators in the COA report: Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Gregorio Honasan II, Lito Lapid, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Loren Legarda.

Six senators are related by blood to the senators involved in the pork barrel: Juan Edgardo Angara (son of former Sen. Edgardo Angara), Pia Cayetano (sister of Alan), Joseph Victor Ejercito (brother of Jinggoy), Koko Pimentel Jr. (son of former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr.), Cynthia Villar (wife of former Sen. Manny Villar, although she is listed in the COA report as the Las Piñas representative).

Cayetano, who used to be at the forefront of congressional probes anchored on testimony far less reliable than pork barrel scam whistle-blowers Benhur Luy and Merlina Suñas, has been quick to reject public demand that the Senate investigate the scam, saying it amounts to senators investigating senators.

His wife, Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano, has also been cited in the COA report for exceeding her pork barrel allocation by P8.5 million when she was a representative under the administration of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Senator Cayetano is also counting on his brother, Taguig City Rep. Lino Cayetano, to hold the same view.

Another political dynasty is in the same boat as the Cayetanos. Makati Rep. Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay also exceeded her pork barrel quota by P47 million from 2007 to 2009, but she could count on her father (Vice President Jejomar Binay), her sister (Sen. Nancy Binay) and brother (Makati Mayor Jun-Jun Binay) for support.

Aquino officials

Some of the implicated lawmakers in the pork barrel scam have taken key positions in the Aquino administration: Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (he gave P5 million to a suspect NGO, Kaloocan Assistance Council Inc.), Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Chair Joel Villanueva.

More than 40 congressmen implicated in the pork barrel scam are still going strong in the House of Representatives, and they are led by Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, who has been found to have exceeded his pork barrel allocations by P205 million during the Arroyo administration and has spent P256.381 million of his pork barrel for projects using spurious documents, including 167 transactions worth P28.744 million that have been denied by suppliers.

Gonzales was senior deputy majority leader from 2007 and 2009 when all impeachment cases against Arroyo were nipped in the bud. He has been in office since 1995 (except when he became mayor from 2004 to 2007) and is currently serving his second three-year term.

Scandal-tainted leaders

The scam-tainted lawmakers who managed to get leadership positions in this Congress are Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan City (minority leader), Carlos Padilla of Nueva Vizcaya (Deputy Speaker), Giorgidi Aggabao of Isabela (Deputy Speaker) and Roberto V. Puno of Antipolo City (Deputy Speaker).

Others got juicy committee chairmanships: Isidro Ungab of Davao City (committee on appropriations), Neil Tupas Jr. of Iloilo (justice) Amado Bagatsing of Manila (ecology), Marcelino Teodoro of Marikina (legislative franchises), Arturo B. Robes of San Jose Del Monte City (social services), Herminia B. Roman of Bataan  (veterans affairs and welfare), Arnulfo Go of Sultan Kudarat (Mindanao affairs), Victor Yu of Zamboanga del Sur (science and technology), Vicente Belmonte of Iligan (dangerous drugs), Al Francis Bichara of Albay (foreign affairs) and Manuel Agyao of Kalinga (rural development).

At least two incumbents have a direct and bigger participation in the pork barrel scam: Rolando Andaya of Camarines Sur (former budget secretary) and Arthur Yap (former agriculture secretary).

Other porkers

The rest of the incumbent lawmakers cited in the report are Diosdado M. Arroyo of Camarines Sur (whose uncle, the late Ignacio Arroyo, is also implicated), Philip Pichay of Surigao del Sur (whose brother, former Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr., was also listed in COA report), Julio Ledesma IV of Negros Occidental, Isagani S. Amatong of Zamboanga del Norte, Rommel C. Amatong of Compostela Valley, Benjamin Asilo of Manila;

Ma. Theresa Bonoan of Manila, Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental, Emil Ong of Northern Samar, Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan, Czarina Umali of Nueva Ecija, Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte, Maria Zenaida Angping of Manila, Joseph Gilbert Violago of Nueva Ecija, Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental, Belma Cabilao of Zamboanga Sibugay;

Wilfrido Mark Enverga of Quezon, Rolando Uy of Cagayan de Oro, Dulce Ann Hofer of Zamboanga Sibugay, Antonio Lagdameo of Davao del Norte, Franklin Bautista of Davao del Sur, Victor Francisco Ortega of La Union, Carol Jayne Lopez of Yacap party-list, Mariano Piamonte of A-Teacher party-list group and Francisco Manuel Ortega of Abono party-list group.

Related by blood, party ties

Some of the incumbent lawmakers are related by blood or party ties to the lawmakers implicated in the COA report: Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro (brother of now Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali), Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City (son of former Speaker Prospero Nograles), Winston Castelo of Quezon City (brother of Nanette Castelo-Daza), Rene Relampagos (cousin of Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos);

Eleonor Bulut-Begtang of Apayao (sister of former Rep. Elias Bulut), Carlo V. Lopez of Manila (son of former Rep. Jaime Lopez), Mercedes Cagas of Davao del Sur (mother of former Rep. Marc Douglas Cagas), Harlin Abayo of Northern Samar (husband of former Rep. Daryl Grace Abayo); Gerald Anthony Gullas of Cebu (son of former Rep. Eduardo Gullas), Enrique Garcia Jr. of Bataan (father of former Rep. Albert Raymund Garcia);

Mark Villar of Las Piñas (son of Senator Villar), Magnolia Antonino-Nadres of Nueva Ecija (daughter of former Rep. Rodolfo Antonino), Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas of Pangasinan (mother of former Rep. Rachel Arenas), Rodolfo Biazon of Muntinlupa City (father of former Rep. Rufino Biazon who is now customs chief), Dakila Carlo Cua of Quirino (son of former Rep. Junie Cua), Georgina de Venecia of Pangasinan (wife of former Speaker Jose de Venecia);

Grex Lagman of Albay (son of former Rep. Edcel Lagman), Lani Revilla of Cavite (wife of Senator Revilla), Susan Yap of Tarlac (daughter of former Rep. Jose Yap), Regina Ongsiako Reyes of Marinduque (daughter of former Rep. Carmencita Reyes), Scott Davies Lanete of Masbate (son of former Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete), Felix William Fuentebella of Camarines Sur (son of former Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella);

Thelma Almario of Davao Oriental (mother of former Rep. Joel Mayo Almario), Jose Ma. Zubiri of Bukidnon (father of former Rep. Juan Miguel Zubiri), Elisa Olga T. Kho of Masbate (wife of former Rep. Antonio Kho), Gavini C. Pancho of Bulacan (son of former Rep. Pedro Pancho), Maria Vida Bravo of Masbate (wife of former Rep. Narciso Bravo Jr.);

Conrado Estrella of Abono (cousin of former Rep. Robert Estrella), Ma. Carmen Zamora of Compostela Valley (daughter of former Rep. Manuel Zamora) and Josephine Veronique Lacson-Noel of Malabon City (wife of former An-Waray Rep. Florencio Noel), with An-Waray Representatives Victoria Noel and Neil Benedict Montejo; Sherwin Tugna and Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales of Citizen’s Battle Against Corruption; and Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. of the Buhay party-list group (brother of former Rep. Rene Velarde and son of El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde), with Irwin Tieng and Lito Atienza of Buhay.



Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/468545/why-congress-wont-act-on-call-for-pork-scam-probe#ixzz2cPZ18R4N


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Reply #51 on: Aug 20, 2013, 12:07 AM
scrap it!



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Reply #52 on: Aug 20, 2013, 01:46 AM
from fb- Pls. mind the date

Living Without Pork
Senator Panfilo M. Lacson
Privilege speech
March 11, 2003

Mr. President, I rise today on a question of personal and collective privilege.

Last week, we passed the Senate version of the General Appropriations Bill of 2003. No less than the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and principal sponsor of the bill aptly described the 2003 budget as "bare-bones", thus appealing to his colleagues to contribute their share to arrest the projected budget deficit which our economic managers expect to hit the PhP300B mark by year-end.

I now answer the call.

I call for the scrapping of a very corrupt and corrupting system in our political institutions. All I ask are a few minutes of your precious time - and of your mind.

We now must move to abolish the pork barrel system. We must see its end during our watch without need to mourn its loss. It is a virus of corruption that must die.

And, there is no better hall on this space on earth to make it happen than the Senate - expectedly, a place of men and women with mature age, with honor, with dignity, with integrity. Further, there is no better time to declare its end than now - when the country's budget deficit is at an alarmingly uncontrollable pace. For the past year, it was PhP213B. Of course, we do not believe the numbers.

One thing, I may say is apodictic. It is still counting. There is nothing in the pork barrel system that gives us pride. There is only everything that makes us hide in shame.

It should not matter anymore under what name the system sounds. Be it the Countrywide Development Fund, or the Congressional Initiative Allocation, or the Priority Development Assistance Fund. It is, and will remain to be a fund of compulsive corruption.

The name itself traces its origin to the pre-civil war days in the United States when, in periodic fits of generosity, white masters would give their black slaves salted pork in barrels. More often than not, the eagerness of the slaves would result in ugly shoving and rushing to grab more pork than the others. The more pork one could grab for himself, the more triumphant he would appear than the others who were meek and reluctant.

We may not realize it, but the Filipino people would sometimes see us behave like slaves rushing to the pork barrel. A critic has a worse description - that of swines rushing to get more slabs than they can consume.

Mr. President, our countrymen expect to see every peso of their taxes wisely spent on every project. They become profoundly disillusioned every time they are robbed of it.

Let me say now what they hate to hear. But they must hear what we have been afraid to say.

Under the pork barrel system, only less than half of the taxpayers' money actually goes to the programs of work. More than half habitually goes to the pockets of corruption. Occasionally, depending on the insatiability of the corrupt, a shameful twenty percent of the fund is left to finance the project. Holy mackerel!

We can pretend all day not to know. But the Filipino people have never been stupid not to see through such pretense.

Let me give the breakdown. It is nasty.

• 2% goes to the Commission on Audit as S.O.P.
• 10% is given to the district engineer and other officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
• 2% is passed on to the Barangay Chairman.
• 14% goes to the contractor - 10% in profit and 4% as value-added tax, thank God!
• 5-10%, if the Mayor or Governor so demands.
• And - hold your breath - 20% of project cost is earmarked for the legislator who identifies the project.
Shares sometimes vary depending on greed.

Even the billboards that advertise the proponents of infrastructure projects are overpriced.

Legislators who allocate funds for the purchase of medicines and other pharmaceutical products, as well as school supplies get bigger takes. By how much, Mr. President? Some suppliers say, it is, "from here to eternity."

In a book published in 1998 by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, entitled, "Pork and Other Perks," the author wrote about vivid accounts of actual pay-offs involving legislators. Thus, a pay-off usually takes place inside the office of legislators. The more sophisticated ones prefer hotel rooms and restaurants. Sulo Hotel in Quezon City is said to be a favorite.

"Pork barrel" every year runs to billions of pesos. I hate to say it. The people hate to hear it. But they lose billions of pesos anyway. They lose these billions to the many deep pockets of corruption.

Mr. President, my esteemed colleagues, there is no saying here that every senator or congressman is corrupt. It is only to say that we have all become suspect. The public has every basis and right to suspect. And we seem not to mind anymore.

Mr. President, those with clear conscience among us do not need to rage. They only need to help those without it.

In this regard, may I take this opportunity to thank the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and some of our colleagues who have expressed support to this advocacy.

One colleague, Senator Joke Arroyo has done something truly admirable: he had not allocated a single centavo from his "pork barrel" allocation for the past year. However, I cannot help but wonder how his PhP200M pork was realigned since it was part and parcel of the 2002 GAA. That is the reason why I want my allocation this year deducted from the proposed 2003 GAA. I have an unsolicited advice to the distinguished gentleman from Makati and the Bicol region - why not slash the 2003 national budget by PhP211M more?

To all of us in this august chamber, maybe we can help alleviate the burgeoning budget deficit by waiving our 2003 pork barrel fund allocations. We can actually do our share, no matter how small, in balancing the budget by doing just that. With twenty-three senators, at PhP211M each, four billion, eight hundred fifty-three million (PhP4.853B) will automatically be deducted from the 2003 national budget.

The Speaker of the House, Jose de Venecia, can equally display his statesmanship by doing the same in the lower house. With more than 200 congressmen, at PhP65M each, that would be another PhP13B at least. Let us be the first to sacrifice for the sake of tiding us over a financial nightmare. I, therefore, call on the Senate and the House of Representatives to voluntarily give up the pork.

Mr. President, it is a simple choice between self-respect and self-aggrandizement.

That is exactly my point. Those among us whose hands remain untainted and unsoiled by the fruits of corruption from the evil "pork" must now be insulated from the temptation it may bring upon us. How? Let's try scrapping the "pork." There is life without it!

We all know who we are and what we are on this issue. That is one thing we are all sure about. Mine are not speculations - I definitely have my own sources. The figures I brought out earlier are never a figment of my imagination.

If the "pork barrel" stinks, how much longer must we suffer the stench? I believe it is time to abolish it altogether.

Mr. President, we were elected by the Filipino people to make good laws for the common good and never to make gold under the "pork barrel" system. We are here to make laws, not to build roads and bridges.

We were voted into office to provide check and balance under the principle of powers; and not to accept fat checks to enhance our bank account balance.

Former French President and Prime Minister, the late Jean-Raymond Pompidou, was correct. There is a whale of difference between a politician and a statesman. He said, "while a statesman places himself at the service of the nation, a politician places the nation at his own personal service."

With the "pork barrel" system, we are all perceived as dirty, corrupt and greedy politicians. Without it, we can all become better statesmen and public servants.

Whenever our committees investigate anomalies in government, does it not occur to us how equally guilty they think the legislators could be?

Mr. President, pardon my asking. There are all kinds of arguments to defend the "pork." Its advocates invent new methods and formulas to make every legislator happy. Ironically, in the mind of every Filipino, they are all mad and madly corrupted by it.

I know that the pork barrel system has never been legally flawed. In fact, the Supreme Court has ruled on its constitutionality. But the Supreme Court never ruled that scrapping the "pork barrel" system would be unconstitutional either.

I can only hope the Senate leadership will take a serious look at this proposal and not simply toss it to the dust heap of the Philippine Senate history.

I am sure to lose some friends and create more enemies in this 12th Congress. I am sure skeptics will taunt me and the cynics will mock me without end.

I remember BAYAN MUNA Party-list Representative Crispin Beltran, he who declared the lowest asset in the lower house at eighty-one thousand pesos, said in a media interview immediately after my position on the "pork barrel" issue first came out, and I quote, "mabuti pa si Lacson ay may ibang pinagkakakitaan na illegal. Paano naman kami na sa "pork barrel" lamang umaasa?" Realizing that what he said was an instant give-away, he paused and started to stutter. Another congressman commented that this representation would not need to make money from the "pork barrel" because supposedly, "I have a lot in some foreign banks."

Mr. President, if this is my misfortune, so be it. It is not the one I cannot possibly learn to live with.

Mr. President, I derive no pleasure in telling what I have told. I am sure many colleagues derive no pleasure in hearing what they just heard. But the people surely hate what they already know about.

It is time to bring the "pork barrel" system down. Or, we all go down under.

We can surely live without "pork." Certainly, there is life without it.

Thank you very much!

PD: i detest that^ guy.


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Reply #53 on: Aug 20, 2013, 02:07 AM
4 pages of replies with only 2 votes, sa akin ung isa and malamang sa TS ung isa hehehe...

anyway, scrap it then ipambili ng barrel tapos ilagay don ung mga corrupt officials tapos ipaanod sa baha  :yoohoo:  :hihi:


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Reply #54 on: Aug 20, 2013, 08:20 AM
Just added my vote to the poll!

Let's also support the call for a Senate inquiry on the pork-barrel scandal so the issues don't get sidelined-- and eventually forgotten:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/469493/recto-poe-to-call-for-probe-of-pork-scam


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Reply #55 on: Aug 20, 2013, 09:16 AM
Freefront,

You don't like Lacson? can you elaborate pls? thank you


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Reply #56 on: Aug 20, 2013, 10:56 AM
I can't tell you outright what he did but the b word for both genders applies to him. I don't know if it's just me? I have the feeling he is one of those people that caused a psychological crisis for us, as Filipinos. Maybe even for that institution called PMA. Or the concept of leadership, statesmanship or the lot of what manhood or being a soldier is supposed to be like. I remember a keen disappointment. Wasn't he the guy who dropped bombs about a lot of people and he didn't follow through? It felt like the police had gotten worse because he failed a lot of people in general. Me? I took it personally.

Maybe, the issue of pork barrel should become personal.............. I don't see an effective number of life rafts on TV right now............
« Last Edit: Aug 20, 2013, 10:58 AM by freefront »


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Reply #57 on: Aug 20, 2013, 10:58 AM
4 pages of replies with only 2 votes, sa akin ung isa and malamang sa TS ung isa hehehe...

anyway, scrap it then ipambili ng barrel tapos ilagay don ung mga corrupt officials tapos ipaanod sa baha  :yoohoo:  :hihi:

I just added the poll yesterday. Keep on voting guys and let our voices be heard.   :yoohoo:


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Reply #58 on: Aug 20, 2013, 11:14 AM
hhmm... ok


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Reply #59 on: Aug 20, 2013, 12:48 PM

Outrage over pork barrel scandal, another EDSA?

From our homeland to North America’s shores, what has been denounced incessantly as a humongous reported scam — derived from taxpayers’ funds direly needed by the country’s length and breadth supposedly to be received through legislators from both houses of Congress — has emerged as a scandal of scandalous proportions elsewhere.

“Elsewhere” has been defined outside the Philippines. But ‘elsewhere’ has taken a different meaning via the Internet.

Ownership of luxury residences abroad is being traced to a last name associated with alleged pork barrel scandal. Non-existence of concocted non-government organizations (NGOs) no longer belongs to hearsay.

The pork barrel’s use and abuse stemmed from what was well-known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) which goes through a cyclic phenomenon, has now been the focus of investigation by both the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation.

Origins of the PDAF come from monies provided to members of Congress meant to be spent on “specific projects in their home districts.” As such, pork barrel projects have, through the years, become ‘easy targets’ of critics against wasteful spending by government.

Were one to ask a college-bound Filipino American from my gender whether or not she’d be on her ‘way,’ to educational pursuits without parental assistance and student loans, the answer would be a determined affirmation.

How would such a FilAm coed feel as she has learned, that one who is a self-proclaimed celebrity from the homeland has been living a life of luxury against the background of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles ritzy ‘exclusives,’ on allegedly procured ill-gotten funds from the Philippine population through bogus organizations?

The aforementioned was echoed by mothers whose daughters are U.S.-born and bred.
It is no longer talk: it has morphed into a scandal of ceaseless proportions that one daughter “intentionally crushed” the supposed celebrity world of the Los Angeles area, not to skip acres of ‘coverage.’ Through the Internet, photos went viral because of highly-sought and ‘acclaimed’ exposure by the same self-appointed “celebrity.” She not only gave a bad name to the striving Filipinas at home, but also to the Filipina the world over. Everyone decried what was viewed from the opulence, extravagantly displayed abroad, accompanied by lists of expenditures from designer names including properties acquired (in cash) that ran the gamut of residences and the world’s highest-priced vehicles.

News sources in our birthplace are outraged. Their collective ire knows no boundaries. The same voices were so aghast at the evident ‘negligence’ from both the executive and legislative branches of government.

This writer was challenged: “If you’ve been looking for outrage happening that tops what are already outrageous, nothing can beat the ‘10B Scam.’”

Whatever scams have been perpetuated in the past pale in comparison to that 10B bogus NGO Scam.

Exponents of the law should not waste time in the investigation required for such reported anomalies. Those pork barrel funds already handed out, already given to the legislators, demand immediate investigation.

Is it just going to be one of live-and-learn for the legislators? The Filipino people demand immediate action. Brush-offs should not take place.

Funds received by legislators should have gone immediately to the needs of infrastructure, schools, clinics and places where the immediate needs of the less fortunate could be acted upon.

Loreto F.R., a just-retired school administrator expressed indignation at the perpetrators of the non-existent NGOs responsible for the kind of extravagant living “exported” to the U.S.

“Don’t all those participants feel shame?” was her comment. She just retired from De La Salle University; she is now a volunteer to those who have tutorial needs in the three R’s. Along with another colleague, Loreto said the people should rise in protest in denunciation of the way pork barrel funds have been brazenly used. - The FilAm

A Million People Protest is currently being organized for August 26 in front of the Luneta Grandstand. Filipinos in the Philippines and also those in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco are organizing the rally called “Isang Milyon Martsa sa Luneta.” The rally will ask that the pork barrel be scrapped and that the legislators involved be investigated and charged accordingly. — Editor


http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/322770/pinoyabroad/kwentongkapuso/kwentong-kapuso-outrage-over-pork-barrel-scandal-another-edsa?ref=section_latest


 


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