QUEZON City, July 15, 2014—The Church People’s Alliance Against Pork Barrel (CPAAPB), an ecumenical group composed of Catholic and Protestant anti-corruption campaigners, believes President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy) has betrayed the trust of the people.
“PNoy’s unbending defense of the DAP lays bare his disregard both for the Philippine Constitution with its concomitant checks-and-balances of power and decision-making as well as his responsibility to safeguard the national treasury for the benefit of the most vulnerable in our society,” CPAAPB convenor Fr. Ben Alforque, MSC declared.
The unfolding realities of “patronage politics” and “pork barrel plunder” in our nation, Alforque observed, reveal a tip of the iceberg of graft and corruption long covered up by the Aquino administration.
The priest explained that the pork barrel system embodied in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the DAP underscores a great divide between the clamor of the poor for basic and social services versus the tight-lipped non-transparency and inadequate delivery of services under the Aquino administration.
In a statement it issued Sunday, July 13, CPAAPB said PNoy’s attempts to defend the impounding of allocated budgets, deceptively re-naming them as savings, and illegally dispensing them at his own discretion, including his millions’ worth in gifts to senators six months after the Corona impeachment, through his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), cannot overcome his serious betrayal of public trust.
PNoy and all those who participated in these acts, the group stressed, must be held accountable.
The alliance pointed out that the President consciously violated the Constitution and betrayed the public with corruption and political patronage.
According to CPAAPB, PNoy has gravely tarnished his moral reputation, and has yet to express repentance.
Ironically, the group noted, PNoy has presented himself as a “stalwart of righteousness and as an avenger against corruption but has now been unmasked as a blatant, conscious and intentional violator of the highest law of the land: the Philippine Constitution.”
CPAAPB shared, “Anyone who uses power at his disposal in a way that leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged.
Quoting Luke 17:1, the group declared, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to him by whom they come!”.
“Under the weight of the unconstitutionality of both the PDAF and the DAP, PNoy’s “Daang Matuwid” [Straight Path] has collapsed,” CPAAPB said. (Raymond A. Sebastián)