Editorial: The hero among us-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
ARE the people really tired of corruption in government?
Monday’s anti pork barrel rally may be an indication Filipinos are finally realizing they have the right to air their grievances and be heard at that.
If not for the whistle blowers, the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam would have been kept secretly under the rug.
Now, let justice finally take its course and hopefully the mastermind behind the scam, including all congressmen and senators involved in the corruption of monies supposed to be given as social services for all tax payers, be placed behind bars.
Although Cordillera region received the least pork from congress based on reports, Baguio residents trooped the streets to show disgust and discontent over President Benigno Aquino’s inaction on the pork barrel scandal.
Hundreds of residents, including members of media, joined the peaceful rally aimed at awakening the awareness of every voter in protesting the misuse of public finds by those in power. The protest incidentally coincided with the National Heroes Day.
But after the rally and the mass protest, what happens next?
There is more to abolishing the Priority Development Assistance Fund.
The congress and the senate need to enact a law abolishing it.
Admit it or not, the PDAF has also done wonders for the Cordillera region, considered as one among the poorest region in the country.
If PDAF should be abolished, then there should be a way for the region to access funds for projects to help improve the lives of the deprived.
There will always be a hero in our midst and the controversy of the wrongful spending of pork is not only the duty of those in power but also the citizenry.
A citizenry involved in nation building can hasten development but a citizenry with worthless tirades against those in power can hamper a growth of a country.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 28, 2013.