Over 20 dioceses join church bell ringing vs pork barrel-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
AT LEAST 24 archdioceses and dioceses participated in Friday's national sounding of church bells against pork barrel called by the church-based group Church People's Alliance against Pork Barrel.
Church-run Radio Veritas said all parish churches under participating dioceses simultaneously rang their bells at 1 p.m. to resonate the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' (CBCP’s) position to abolish the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).
Archdioceses that participated include Manila, Jaro (Iloilo), Lipa (Batangas), Tuguegarao (Cagayan), Palo (Leyte), and Cebu.
The three-minute activity was also joined by the dioceses of Imus (Cavite), Balanga (Bataan), Sorsogon, San Carlos (Negros Occidental), Catarman (Northern Samar), Libmanan (Camarines Sur), Paranaque, Marbel (South Cotabato), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Borongan (Eastern Samar), Ilagan (Isabela), Batanes, Bayombong (Nueva Vizcaya), Cabanatuan (Nueva Ecija), Malaybalay (Bukidnon), Tabuk (Kalinga), San Jose (Nueva Ecija), and Digos (Davao del Sur).
There are a total of 85 archdioceses and dioceses in the Philippines.
Earlier, the church-based group called for the simultaneous church bell ringing in order to highlight the church's stand against the "immoral act" of "structural corruption" in the form of PDAF.
And according to the group's convenor, they are hoping that the "echoes" of the activity would be heard in the walls of Malacanang, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
"The moment they hear the bells, they can't deny anymore the extent of the people's cry to have this pork barrel abolished," said Fr. Ben Alforque in a phone interview.
And for public officials involved in the alleged misuse of the funds, the priest said they are hoping that the former will opt to return the public funds they stole.
"We ask the leaders of our country to repent. Those who stole from the country’s coffers should return it," said Alforque. (HDT/Sunnex)