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OFWs join protests vs pork barrel

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Overseas Filipinos have expressed their support for demonstrations back home to protest corruption in the use of the legislative pork barrel.

Although mass actions are banned in Saudi Arabia, Filipinos have expressed their solidarity through social media by posting their protest photos.

In Abu Dhabi and Dubai, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)  wore white clothes in their workplaces as a sign of protest.

In Hong Kong, protesters wore red and rallied for the abolition of the pork barrel. They called for the prosecution of all involved in the malversation of the billion-peso fund.

Stan Yumang, host and program director of the Good Evening Kabayan show in Hong Kong, said: “We in HK are for the scrapping of the pork barrel. Corrupt people in the government will always find a way to fill their pockets. We are not asking for a name change for Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF or pork barrel) or for the same system to be molded into something new. What the OFWs want is for it to end.”

“Those proven guilty in participating in the pork barrel scam must receive punishment equivalent to committing treason. To gain back our trust, the government must be transparent  about how they spend taxpayer’s money. We also believed that when the pork is abolished, only those with a true heart for public service would find their place in our government,” he added.

Arlene Andes based in Brussels, Belgium, told the Inquirer Radio 990 AM, that the OFWs in Europe likewise turned to  social media to express their demand to scrap the pork barrel. They used Facebook to show their support for the protests.

“The OFWs are fuming mad at lawmakers who are greedy and corrupt and who are only thinking about their personal interest. These politicians do not care about the OFWs who shed blood, sweat and tears working in a foreign land just to support their families in the Philippines,” Andes said.

Jelord Vergara in Tokyo, Japan send this message: “Please fight for abolishing the pork barrel in behalf of the Filipinos working in Japan. You have our all out support.”

Engineers Jegs Certeza in  Seoul, South Korea sent this message: “We abhor the deliberate immoral stealing of public funds— the nation’s meager hope for salvation. We support the public display of dismay.”

Ria Malapitan in Hong Kong demanded: “Imprison the guilty. The ordinary Filipino has been paying for the lavish lifestyle of these shameless low-life politicians for too long.”

Joyce Delovieres, financial counselor and the wife of an OFW in Singapore said: “My family has to deal with loneliness. We hope that somehow, overseas  remittances will translate to better government services and projects that will eventually lead to local work opportunities. I was hoping good government would help bring back a father to my kids,” said Joyce, who was left behind to take care of their  three children alone.

Last month, timed with the protest march at the Luneta Park, about 100 Filipino-American activists held their own rally in front of the posh Ritz-Carlton Residences in Los Angeles, where a unit is owned by Jeane Napoles.

The 23-year-old Napoles is the daughter of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who is now detained for her alleged role in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Netizens noted how the young Napoles had posted photos showing her jewelry, designer shoes and handbags and Porsche cars.

Migrante International also initiated simultaneous global protests  in capitals in Asia, North Africa, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand and Europe to demand accountability and the prosecution of all those involved in the  scam.

The group also called for the rechanneling of the pork barrel to provide free, more accessible and more efficient services and welfare assistance for OFWs in distress, he said.

Susan Andes, aka Susan K. is on board at Radyo Inquirer 990 dzIQ AM,Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon with audio/video live streaming: www.dziq.am Studio: 2/F Studio: 2/F MRP Bldg., Mola St., cor. Pasong Tirad St., Makati City. Helpline: 0927-6499870 / 0920-9684700 E-mail: susankbantayocw@yahoo.com/ bantayocwfoundation@yahoo.com


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  • Carlos_Iho

    We should not be misguided. It is not only the lawmakers who are involved in this scam. The bureaucracy is very much involved in this as well.

  • AllinLawisFair

    My name is Ramon Mayuga. As a Philippine-born expatriate living in a foreign country (Germany), I am exceedingly outraged and angered by the obviously bottomless greed of those government officials who have been taking advantage of their positions to enrich themselves by plundering the national coffers. I can never say enough to express my indignation at the monstrosity of their raping of the public trust.

  • jr_06498

    Do not ask for abolition of Pork Barrel ask the resignation of those lawmaker involved and pusnish them .

  • aeon888

    Don’t forget that before all this Pork Barrel Scam was exposed in the news, Roy Seneres was strongly supporting Janet Napoles’ eldest daughter Jo Christine Napoles as representative for OFW party list. Maybe they should include ROy Seneres into the investigation and his past dealings or transactions with Janet Napoles.
    Imagine if all this controversy never got exposed, Jo Christine Napoles would have been the OFW party list representative. Ubos siguro Pork barrel para sa OFW party list! Shameless…

  • pepito gwaps

    OFW are grieving also due to the 10B scam but happy on the discovery of such scandal and hoping the corruption culture in the Phil would be eradicated soon.

    I hope some politicians should stop implicating the name “OFW” for their own political gains or use in a corruption stricken matters because it is not appropriate and it’s not fair for them. For your information, in all the citizens of the Philippines these OFWs are the group who have more opened eyes and more exposed to the differences between corrupted country and non-corrupt country. They know by comparison how inefficient and corrupt our govt officials here from the host countries they are working. They can tell you that a non- corrupt country is sytematic, just, clean and wealthy while the corrupt country is dirty, chaotic, problematic, biased and poor. They will tell you that in other countries, their leaders are willing to accept their shortcomings and they are ready to resign or die if necessary.



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