OFWs in Hong Kong start chain of protest vs ‘pork barrel’

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Overseas Filipino Workers in Hong Kong. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Migrant workers in Hong Kong started Thursday the chain of mass protests for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or “pork barrel”, Radyo Inquirer 990 AM reported.

Hundreds of Hong Kong Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will march to the Philippine Consulate General’s office to express their displeasure over the alleged misuse of the “pork barrel” fund by legislators.

The protest stemmed from a series of exposes by the Philippine Daily Inquirer against the “pork barrel” and a Commission on Audit report that virtually confirmed these allegations.

“The corruption stemming from the pork barrel given to the members of the congress and even to the President is unraveling,” United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-HK) secretary general Eman C. Villanueva said.

Aside from scrapping the “pork”, the Hong Kong-based group called for the prosecution of government officials involved in the rechanneling of billion-peso funds meant for social services such as public education, health, services and housing to bogus non-governmental organizations.

Aside from the Hong Kong-based OFWs, militant groups like Gabriela and the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR). Will hold separate mass actions.

President Benigno Aquino III’s stand to retain the pork barrel distribution to legislators outraged netizens and concerned groups and urged Filipinos to launch a mass action on August 26, 9 a.m. at Rizal Park in Manila.

The “Million People March to Luneta” event on Facebook currently has over 10,000 attendees.

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  • eduyuuy

    nawala na c napolis… am sure may kinalaman ang mga kawatang senators sa pagtakas ni napolis, dapat imbestigahan c enrile, revilla, dingoy, marcos, honasan, its obvious sila ang nagpatakas ky napolis. Sugod tayo sa luneta sa lunes mga kababayan at ibuhos natin ang galit sa mga kawatang ito.

  • tilamsik

    BAWIIN SA MGA MANDARAMBONG ANG PERA NG BAYAN!!…. milyong Pilipino ang nasa kahirapan samantalang ang ilan nagpapasasa sa yaman ng bayan

  • reddfrog

    OFWs protesting in HK: Wouldn’t this be like advertising to the world that it’s more fun in the Philippines…. for corrupt politicians?

    • ReneV

      we hope change will be forthcoming after this. but then you will not like it.

  • tangnaunlimited

    TANGNA NA…PANAHON NA PARA TAYONG MAHIHIRAP NAMAN ANG MAKINABANG SA DUGOT PAWIS NA 30 TAON NILANG NILASPAG…..

  • tangnaunlimited

    BITAY ANG SIGAW NI JUAN DELA CRUZ….TANGNA ULIT…

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