Protest vs. 'pork'-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
CONVENORS of the Tipon Negrosanon-Pork Untaton pushing for the permanent abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the 'pork' barrel are urging all sectors to join today’s continuing call to stop corruption in the country.
Set at 3 p.m. Friday, the protest action at the Bacolod City public plaza is expected to draw in more participants than the first rally on August 26 held at the Negros Occidental Capitol Lagoon.
Convenor Dindo Ilagan said those who could not come to the plaza today may just display or pin the red and black ribbons in their cars, homes, and offices to show their participation and support to the call to stop the rotten pork barrel system in the country.
"We will push through with the protest rain or shine today. If it rains we will just bring umbrellas," Ilagan said, adding that protestors are encouraged to wear something red, which stands for anger and disgust over the leadership and system in the country.
Rallyists may also wear black which signifies “RIP” or Remove, Investigate. Prosecute “the thieves behind the pork barrel,” he further said.
The group also called for the prosecution and imprisonment of lawmakers and their cohorts who will be found guilty for stealing the people's money. Ilagan said the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court on the pork barrel is just temporary that could be lifted anytime.
The PDAF became controversial following the surfacing of whistleblowers pointing to the arrested Janet Lim-Napoles who is allegedly behind the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam which went to bogus non-government organizations, legislators and other top government officials, and reportedly, even to members of the media.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 13, 2013.