MANILA, August 23, 2014–Religious priests, nuns and brothers are are taking the streets again to call for the abolition of the controversial pork barrel system.
In a statement, the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines said it is joining a protest in Manila, marching beside protesters demanding an end to corruption in the government.
Dubbed as “Stand Up, Sign Up Against All Pork”, thousands of people are expected to join the protest action at the Luneta Park on Monday from 6am to 12 noon.
AMRSP officials said they are committed to fight for “tuwid na daan” by supporting the mass actions “until the pork barrel in all its form is eradicated in our system of government”.
“Truly, a government that is committed to a ‘tuwid na daan’ cannot co-exist with a system that is based on patronage and corruption,” the AMRSP said.
Last year, various organizations also gathered in Luneta to condemn alleged rampant corruption in the government.
The demonstration has paved the way for a thorough investigation into the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) of the Aquino administration.
The Supreme Court already ruled that government acts executed under DAP are without constitutional authority.
Earlier, it ruled the PDAF, more popularly known as the ‘pork-barrel fund’ also unconstitutional. “This was all made possible because of the people’s vigilance,” the AMRSP said.
“We should not stop up until those who were involved answer to the people, “their bosses” whom they should first and foremost serve,” it added.
Among the signatories of the statement include AMRSP co-chairpersons Sr. Eden Panganiban, SSpS and Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF.
In the spirit of transparency, the group also demanded an impartial and speedy investigation of all parties involved in the PDAF and DAP controversy “regardless of affiliation”.
“We also demand a full accounting of all the funds related to DAP,” they said. (CBCPNews)