MANILA, Dec. 17, 2013—A coalition of Catholic clergy, religious and laity and members of other denominations on Monday staged a Nativity protest calling for the total abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as pork barrel.
Marking the first day of the traditional “Simbang Gabi”, the Nativity Walk had participants carrying lanterns with messages “repent and make the path straight for good governance,” “justice,” and “accountability” as well as messages of encouragement to the Filipino people never to give up hope, and to unite against corruption.
Fr. Ben Alforque, convenor of Church People Alliance Against Pork Barrel said they remain committed in seeking all forms of pork barrel from all agencies of the government, abolished.
“We want Congress to pass a law that will totally scrap pork barrel as well as the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP),” Alforque added.
The group also sang Christmas carols with their lanterns sending their messages of dismay to the government for its inaction on the issue.
“Corruption has been the way of the rulers to amass more wealth and sustain their strongholds of power, knowingly and intentionally to the detriment of many poor people,” Alforque said.
“Today, we continue to be both scandalized and enraged by rampant, structural injustice and corruption in our nation. As we witness the hardship and hunger of the Filipino people, we are reminded of the Christmas story which inspires us to carry forth its message in our nation’s journey,” he furthered. (Jandel Posion)