Negrenses urged: Join anti ‘pork’ rally-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
PROPONENTS and movers of the “Tipon- Tipon” sa Lagoon aimed at calling for the total abolition of the “pork barrel” urged Negrenses and Bacoleños to participate in their continued protest for the scrapping of the graft-ridden Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The “Tipon-Tipon” spearheaded by the Yellow Army and the Negrosasons Kontra Korapsyon will start 9 a.m. today, August 26.
Raymund Javellana, one of the convenors and president of the Alliance of Negrense Tourism Stakeholders, said the rally will proceed as planned despite the pronouncement Friday of President Benigno Aquino III will start 9 a.m. today for the abolition of the pork barrel.
He said the pork barrel may be scrapped and will be introduced under a different name.
“We should now demand for transparency and accountability in the allocation and use of these funds to various projects of different agencies, such as the departments of Health, Education, Public Works and Highways, Tourism, etc., and create a body to monitor these closely,” Javellana said.
Diego Malacad, secretary-general of the United Negros Drivers Operators Center, said they will proceed with their rally today as they have many issues to raise.
Militant cause-oriented group Anak-Pawis and its allied organizations also vowed to join the gathering at the Capitol Lagoon, and their members will march from the reclamation area.
Lawyer Joel Dojillo of the Yellow Army, on the other hand, said that instead of wearing yellow or any other color, they urge the participants in the “Tipon-Tipon” sa Lagoon to wear white.
He said the activity will also serve as thanksgiving after Aquino announced the abolition of the pork barrel. He believes the president would listen to the call and voice of the people, taking note of the president's Inaugural address where he stated clearly that the Filipino people are his "bosses."
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 26, 2013.