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‘Let the Light Shine’ – CBCP-NASSA on scrapping the pork barrel

August 26, 2013
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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

Jesus has come to bring light to the world.  As Christians, our commitment to Jesus is manifested in our commitment to the light of truth.

During these past weeks, there is a growing clamor among the Filipinos to let the light of truth shine on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or popularly and aptly known as PORK BARREL. The National Secretariat of Social Action of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) adds our voice to this clamor.

Let the government make a no-nonsense investigation of the Pork Barrel Scam. As of now, it is very suspicious that both the Lower and Upper Houses of Congress have shown no eagerness to investigate this scam when their own members are alleged to be involved in it.

It is strange that those who are not named in the Commission on Audit (COA) report on alleged misuse of funds do not make any move to have this investigated to clear the image of the institutions to which they belong.  Is this stonewalling attitude an indication that there is really something fishy about the pork barrel? The lame excuse made that investigating the scam will take away time for lawmaking does not hold. Any law that this congress will make would be held suspect until its integrity is established.

The President of the Republic is doing a great disservice to the country by not acting decisively on this issue. A closer look at the COA report on the scam does not only allege the congressmen/women of the opposition, nor only the former administration to be involved, but even his own allies and his own administration. The present President has to clear his own ranks. Thus, the investigation should cover not only the Napoles family and the NGOs used but also the members of congress and government departments involved. We further demand that the investigation should lead to prosecution and conviction. This is a big crime against the people, especially against the poor, whose hard-earned money is being plundered and squandered. [More]

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