Aquino gets flak for acting ‘Pilate’ on PDAF issue-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
LOCAL church leaders criticized President Simeon Benigno Aquino III for washing his hands on the controversial ‘pork barrel’ issue when he appeared before national television Wednesday evening.
“Dili siya manghugas sa iyang kamot (He [Aquino] should not wash hands),” said Samuel Domingo, district superintendent of United Methodist Church in Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte.
Domingo said Aquino, as the President of the country, should know the wrongdoings of the public officials under his leadership.
“Command responsibility – directly or indirectly the President has a knowledge about corruption,” said Domingo referring to the issues surrounding the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and disbursement acceleration program (DAP).
Fr. Joe Dizon of the #AbolishPorkMovement said in a news article posted in CBCPNews.com that President Aquino is accountable to the entire PDAF scandal because “he has the last say whether or not a lawmaker gets to have his or her pork barrel.”
Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Bishop Felixberto Calang said Aquino’s blaming on the past regime is just a scapegoat on the issues of corruption haunting his governance.
“He keeps on blaming the regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as his scapegoat about the issues of corruption that he needs to resolve under his ‘matuwid na daan’ dictum,” said Calang.
Calang said Aquino is inconsistent: “As he lashed out at politicians involved in PDAF, he defended DAP claiming that it’s different from the former and it helps the poor.”
“Base sa atong mga nadunggan karon, and DAP gahatag siya og opportunity for corruption (Based on what we usually hear today, the DAP provides a fertile opportunity for corruption),” said Domingo.
“He really does not listen to the people,” said Calang adding that Aquino even tagged those who call him “pork barrel king” as political rivals opposing his anti-corruption and pro-development drive.
On August 26 this year, hundreds of thousands of people trooped in Luneta Park in Manila to call for the abolition of the pork barrel funds, and to express their anger on corruption perpetrated by the congressional representatives and other government officials.
Dizon added that the Aquino regime does not want to do away with pork, instead, it “worships and wants to perpetuate the corrupt system.”
“Kung magamit ang DAP for their own personal interest mas maayo mawala na ‘na (If DAP will be used for their own personal interest, it is better to abolish it),” said Domingo.
Domingo is amenable on the abolition of DAP, and furthered the government should devise a different method to help the people, especially the marginalized and the poor.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on November 01, 2013.