Aquino vows to punish 'pork scammers'-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III vowed Monday to go after those who allegedly connived in pocketing the multi-billion peso pork barrel funds.
The Chief Executive made the statement during the commemoration of the National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
"Gagawin natin ang lahat ng ating makakaya upang tukuyin at panagutin ang mga nagkuntsabahan para dungisan ang dapat sana’y marangal na layunin ng dating PDAF. Hindi natin hahayaang maging kasangkapan ang sinuman upang magpatuloy ang kababuyan ng iilan," he said in a speech.
He reiterated his move to scrap the PDAF, which he said was part of the administration's move to come up with a new mechanism to ensure that the funds would only go to the people.
"Sisikapin nating hindi na maulit pa ang kamalian ng nakaraan upang lalong patibayin ang matuwid na paggugol ng kabang-bayan," he said.
The President again called on the people to cooperate to ensure the effective implementation of the new system in spending the national budget.
"Ang hamon po sa atin: Huwag sana tayong makuntento na mag-abang o tumanggap lamang ng tulong at biyaya mula sa kabutihan ng iba. Sa halip, gawin natin ang lahat ng makakaya sa bawat pagkakataon upang gampanan ang tungkulin sa kapwa at lipunan," he added.
Coinciding with the celebration of National Heroes Day, a protest rally is being held in various parts of the Philippines to express opposition against PDAF. A public event called "Million People March" at Quirino Grandstand is considered as the highlight of the protest rallies. (SDR/Sunnex)