Editorial: 'Pork' is no healthy-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
THAT pork is unhealthy, it must be taken in one's daily diet then, but the hardest thing to do is to plan out a total abstinence from all dishes that have pork in them.
Imagine a life that is without a pork. No more pork adobo, no more pork sinigang, no more bagnet, no more famous "pulutan" among the Filipinos -- chicharon, and you add to that the all kinds of pork dishes you can think of.
Sad but that's the healthier way to live this life. It's just the same as the scandal on the misuse of Philippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as pork barrel, which made millions of Filipinos scowl at the lawmakers, especially those who are tagged in the pork barrel scam issue that linked to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
Taking pork out in our diet is sad but it would be sadder if we let our taxpayers' money be siphoned off to the pockets of some politicians. Even the saddest if we remain deaf and blind to the poor Filipinos who suffer from the lack of access to education, to health, and to other basic social services while the corrupt politicos indulge themselves with all the conceivable luxuries at our own expense.
Thousands of Filipinos gathered in many key areas in the country for a massive protest that may spark hope leading to the scrapping of "pork barrel" system. They were one in saying PDAF must be abolished, especially from the hands of the corrupt.
Wednesday night, when we were shocked by the news that Napoles voluntarily surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III, and that our authorities no longer have to go find Napoles in every nook and cranny of this country.
But, the question now goes: Will she ever spill the beans who are those corrupt officials linked to her?
That we are not yet assured that pork, or whatever it may be now, is totally abolished, let's not take our eyes away from them.
We don't pay our taxes for the corrupt. Excuse me, but we don't pay our taxes to feed the swines who hold office in the government.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 30, 2013.