Archbishop affirms support for anti-pork moves; People’s Congress set in Cebu
AMID the uproar about the Napolists, various anti-pork barrel groups in the country met in Cebu at the behest of Archbishop Jose Palma to map out the next moves to finally stamp out this source of corruption and political patronage funds.
Why pursue an anti-pork barrel perspective when the Supreme Court has already ruled against it? Answer: we just cannot trust our politicians to just throw away a source of patronage and corruption funds.
Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate detailed how PDAF and DAP morphed into. Browse below his presentation:
Atty. Alex Lacson, who has been active in the movement against political dynasties, pointed to the dismal performance of our legislators in pushing for a people’s congress and initiative.
Note that Lacson is the author of “12 Little Things” that every Filipino should read. In contrast to Bayan Muna, Lacson ran for senator as a Liberal Party candidate in 2010 and said to be one of those who convinced then Sen. Noynoy Aquino to run for president.
Present were representatives of key groups belonging to the Cebu Coalition like the Archdiocesan Discernment Group (ADG), Movement for a Livable Cebu, Dilaab, Bayan, Kabataan, and Sanlakas.
Sister Mary John Mananzan of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) and Nat Santiago of the Makabayan Coalition also came over from Manila to join this historic meeting.
At the end of the day, the assembly agreed on:
- A unified draft of the proposed anti-pork legislation:
- The conduct of a people’s congress and launching of the people’s initiative campaign on August 23, 2014 here in Cebu City.
Paperless Pork (Emmanuel Mongaya, Sun.Star Cebu column)
“Prosecute the Guilty Now” (Politika PH)