Protestors demand Congress abolition-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
DESPITE the rain, more than 5,000 lay leaders, students, militant groups, and Catholic faithful led by Bishop Vicente Navarra held a march rally at the Bacolod City Public Plaza on Monday.
Election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, who was the speaker at the rally demanded for the temporary abolition of what he described as “graft-ridden” Congress for six years.
"Without Congress, we will progress," Macalintal chanted with the rally joining him.
He cited that with the temporary abolition of Congress for six years, the country would be able to save P211 billion that could be used to buy 70 billion kilos of rice for the Filipinos, could build 180,000 public schools and could be used for the construction of hundreds of kilometers of roads.
Macalintal also cited the expose made by Senator Jinggoy Estrada that government funds through the pork barrel funds were used by the government for the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law and to impeach former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
"The pork barrel from the passage of the RH law and that the senators and the congressmen enjoyed will be the same pork barrel that will sent them to jail", Macalintal said.
Meanwhile, Bishop Broderick Pabiilo, Auxillary Bishop of Manila said they want to show opposition against pork barrel through the march rally.
"If we do not do this, the politicians will not know our sentiments. In Manila, there was a simultaneous ringing of bells. Pork barrel leads to different evils like political patronage. The money which is supposedly intended for the poor have landed in the pockets of several individuals," he said.
He also clarified that the Church is not meddling in the political issues of the state but is just concerned with good governance which is part of its mission towards transformation.
"Down the pork barrel system," he added demanding for the abolition of the whole pork barrel system including the pork barrel of President Benigno Aquino III.
"Politics and good governance is everybody's concern. We are also calling President Aquino to junk his own pork barrel. Even if the PDAF is now in the executive branch, this does not mean that corruption will be eliminated, in fact it might get worse. The congressmen and the senators were voted to create laws not to plan and construct projects," he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 15, 2013.