Celebrities support abolition of pork barrel system-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
ACTRESS Kim Chiu supports calls for the abolition of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of lawmakers after reports that the people's money went to the pockets of erring government officials.
"Ibang klase naman yung binabayad naming tax and hindi namin alam kung saan napupunta. Sana clean government," Kim said in a recent press conference for her upcoming weekend series "Wansapanataym."
Kim said that even though she failed to attend the Million People March at the Luneta Park last Monday, she's one with the Filipino people in asking for accountability from our public officials involved in the multi-billion peso pork barrel fund mess.
"Kahit wala ako doon, ramdam ko yung galit ng mga Pinoy. Hindi biro ang pera at pinaghirapan mo yun and mapupunta lang sa mga taong hindi karapat dapat," she said.
In 2011, the Bureau of Internal Revenue reported that the actress paid P6.7 million in taxes, placing 133rd in the Top 500 Individual Tax Payers list.
Meantime, Kim's perennial onscreen partner Gerald Anderson is also asking for the abolition of the pork barrel and urged government to go after those who are behind the PDAF scam.
"Not just scrap it but habulin at hulihin yung mga salarin. They have to go after the people na may kasalanan," he said.
He added the money used for ghost projects should have been allotted to education, supplies and medicine.
"I just really wish na yung binabayaran nating taxes would go to dapat puntahan like education, supplies, medicine and schools. Instead of people always donating, which is nothing wrong, but nakakasawa na din na bakit laging tayo? Kaya nga tayo nagbabayad ng tax to have a better country," he said.
Actress and television host Ruffa Gutierrez, on the other hand, wants taxes paid by the public to go to infrastructure projects like the renovation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and road constructions.
"We, the taxpayers, want our money to go to the right places. Take care of the people first before you take care of yourself," she said.
She lamented that BIR always goes after actors and actresses who fail to pay the correct taxes but the money only ends up in some people's pocket.
"What hurts all of us the most is that the BIR always goes after the actors and actresses. When we work so hard, we pay our dues, we pay extra VAT and still they go after us," she said.
"It's not about putting anybody down, it's just an outcry that things have to change in our system," she added. (Sunnex)