Int’l group appalled by pork scam


Members of the California-Nevada Philippine Solidarity Task Force PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

LUCENA CITY, Philippines—A member of an international mission group visiting Quezon province to extend help to victims of human rights violations and militarization has expressed disgust over the pork barrel scam.

“It is appalling that government officials are squandering funds that come from the toiling people,” Paige Rawson, representative of the California-Nevada Philippine Solidarity Task Force, said in a press release sent by the Save Bondoc Peninsula Movement (SBPM).

Rawson observed that the country had a “hollow GDP (gross domestic product) whose benefits go to only a small number of corporations.”

Rawson is part of a group dubbed by the SBPM as an International Solidarity Mission that was on its first day of extending free medical and dental service to the poor residents in Catanauan town on Monday.

SBPM spokesman Pedro Gonzales said volunteers of the group were doing what they could to help Filipino victims of landlessness and state violence when they heard how “the greed of the country’s leaders wastes away taxpayers’ money.”

Gonzales said those involved in the scam should be held accountable.

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  • anu12345

    It’s no surprise. The Filipinos are very religious people

    • Serom

      And what has religion something to do with corrupt public officials, kindly explain?

      • big dawg

        religion is corrupt to start with. the bigger the pay, the longer the prayer by the priest, am i right? the more you spend for prayers, the more chances of going to heaven by the dead. can’t believe people still go to cathedrals

      • Serom

        Ah, okay, got your point. I stopped believing a long time ago. Believing in religion is like believing to the promises of politicians.

      • anu12345

        Read ‘foreignerph’ ph comment and Rizal’s Noli & Fili. Current and old events, too.

        Actually, I was just sarcastic in my original comment. I meant despite being very religious, the Filipinos are/will be corrupt if given a chance or power.

      • Serom

        I think it’s human nature…. or Filipino nature, given this society and culture that we have.

    • pacmandu


    • foreignerph

      Correction: Filipinos are very catholic. There is a strong correlation between catholicism and corruption all over the world. The reason is they can confess all the time, any time. They can do the worst things and then pray 3 hail mary and 1 our father on their death bed and still go to heaven. Other flavors of Christianity and Islam don’t have that. They simply say that you will have to deal with your sins before God and hope for the best. A lifelong repentance is needed at least.

      Northern Europa and the Scandinavian countries were mostly Protestant and there is a zero tolerance towards corruption in public affairs. Politicians must be righteous men in all senses, and even live relatively poor to be considered worthy to lead. When the Calvinist Dutch lost the bid for a PH nation-wide fiber glass network during Gloria’s time, they were appalled because they were supposed to pay her bribes to get the contract. They couldn’t simply understand how corruption was embedded in the top of a nation.

      Southern Europe, very catholic like Spain, Italy and Greece, have always been very corrupt. That’s why their economy lags behind and this is only made up partly by the EU subsidies pouring in from the north. Just look at the clown Berlusconi that drove Italy near bankruptcy.

      Catholicism leads to complacency, corruption, laziness and poverty. Protestantism to honesty, constraint, leading a simple life and wealth for a nation. There are other explanations for this phenomenon that tropical and warm countries are the most corrupt and northern cold countries are not, but that would involve the influence of the sun or some racist framework ;-)

      • anu12345

        You are born again, right? Or Protestant, maybe?

        I am not a member of any religion as I consider it as only a superstition. There was NO god until somebody told us there is. Fact.

        And I don’t like it when people criticize other religions while praising theirs. Nakakasuka.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        This is facts, in the Protestant countries there is almost no corruptions, question of strict moral values cultural traditions.
        You like it or not its like that !
        In a country like Switzerland or Holland, maybe one or two case coming out in the news once a year, a guilty corrupt can’t escape. Better for him to vanished into thin air in an other country after a jail time.
        At the first suspicion an official will have to resign at once, accounts instantly frozen.
        Avoid to tray to bribe a police men, the court could be at the next corner, it is considered a serious offense.
        99% of the Trapos will have end up in jail, assets sequestered with tough penalties

      • anu12345

        Switzerland – The country is historically about evenly balanced between Catholic and Protestant regions.

        Holland – Roman Catholicism is the single largest religion of the Netherlands

        Based on wikipedia. Hirit pa.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    because Filipinos are dumb donkey. Look at the faces and names of the big plunderers. Descendants of famous thieves, FAKES and plunderers.

  • mangtom

    But there is no such scam at all. Nopales said on VT that she was unaware of those charges-just pure innocent, snow-white pure lady. And all the law(breakers)makers deny involvement in such scam. Enrichle, Junggoy, S-otot, Punasan were even all smiles when their faces were show on tv. Their challenge is: show us the evidence.

    My explanation is that the Philippine currency has that unique characteristic of finding its way (billions upon billions) into the bank accounts of politicians (especially tongressmen and senatongs) without the foggiest idea of these HONORABLE folks how this happens. So, can you fault them if they have tons and tons of money in their bank accounts? Of course not!!!. They are all pure, innocent, wouldn’t and couldn’t hurt a fly kind of people. How can anyone in his right mind even think that these tongressmen and senatongs would misuse the taxpayer’s money? I am no spring chicken, but I have NEVER, EVER heard of any tongressman or senatong who stole a centavo of the taxpayers’, just like the Honest Estrada-he-h-he.

    • Serom

      These legislators are masters of evasion on their supposed accountabilities with regards to their pork barrel. You cannot see their signatures in the documents and if ever you find one, they will deny it and say it’s forged.

  • blue_lights

    wow ha, ang galing naman nila… no evidence, no facts, no case, but they already have a guilty verdict and “those involved in the scam should be held accountable”?

    What scam, and accountable for what?

    Since when does some random person’s hearsay become news, and why should we care? Is it because they are US citizens, naging genius na bigla at dapat pakinggan?

  • speaksoftlylove

    Yon bang sinabi ni Paige Rawson na “the Philippines has hollow GDP” ay yon bang ibig sabihin ng “sound fundamentals” na sinabi mo PNoy at yellowspinmasters?

    Pakiesplika nga?P


    MONDAY MORNING quarterbacking.

    Manirahan muna kayo dito bago kayo gumawa ng kung ano-anong pananalita na ang pinanggalingan ay mga media na bukas sa lahat ng mga nagbabasa. Maliban sa KODAKAN at pagmi-miron, may nagawa na ba kayong kahit na ano na ma-ipagmamalaki ninyo maliban sa pag-aabot ng abuloy sa mga kamag-anakan ninyo?

    You ain’t nothing but hound dogs cranklin’ all the time!

  • MikeCrisologo

    Nothing is new and nothing has changed . Corruption is embedded in our blood . its our DNA.

  • SaintJames2011

    While International Organizations are in the Philippines helping poor Filipinos for free, elected officials are stealing billions of Filipino people’s money. Is this the reason why elected officials have decided to abolish the “death penalty” in the Philippines?

  • shane oy

    International Organizations should check their NGO partners in the Philippines. Could be a Bogus NGO with manufactured names of beneficiaries.

  • opinyonlangpo

    These people must be away for a long time now for them not to notice what is going on. Its the first I notice on my first visit to some local politicians and lawmakers, they live in a different world in comparison to their constituents.

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