KALIBO, Aklan, August 12, 2014—The Diocese of Kalibo in Aklan is all-out in its support of the “People’s Initiative Against Pork Barrel” (PIAP) signature campaign calling for the scrapping of the pork barrel system.
“All measures our citizens take, provided these are moral, peaceful and lawful, aimed at curbing corruption and the irresponsible use of public funds have our full support,” Kalibo Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc said.
According to Tala-oc, his diocese is actively taking part in information dissemination to get the Filipino masses’ approval in doing away with a system critics believe to be rotten.
“I engage representatives of different cause-oriented groups, inviting them to join us,” he added.
Tala-oc also revealed that he is among the prelates who officially endorsed this multisectoral clamor to abolish the pork barrel system through a people’s initiative during the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) plenary assembly held in July.
CBCP President Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas had earlier given his blessing to the campaign “against what [the campaigners] take to be unjust use of public funds.”
According to the PIAP, an anti-corruption coalition composed of concerned citizens from various sectors, the signature campaign will be launched during a people’s congress slated on August 23 in Cebu City.
Among those expected to attend the event include Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno. (Raymond A. Sebastián)