More OFW groups vow to join ‘Zero Remittance Day’ protest



MANILA, Philippines—More organizations composed of overseas Filipinos have committed to participate in the Sept. 19 “Zero Remittance Day” to protest of the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds by several lawmakers.

According to Nhel Morona, Migrante-United Arab Emirates spokesperson, they will join Filipinos worldwide in the campaign to stop sending remittances home on Sept. 19 to demand the abolition of the pork barrel system.

“We are dismayed by the corrupt practices happening in our country. The money that’s supposed to go to public service projects is being pocketed by a few,” Morona said.

Members of the Filipino community in Dubai, the Northern Emirates (Filcom-DNE) and the Bayanihan Council in Abu Dhabi also expressed support for the Zero Remittance Day.

Overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong also vowed to participate in the protest in pursuit of the abolition of the pork barrel system, prosecution of the corrupt government officials and the re-channeling of funds to direct services to the people including overseas Filipinos.

“We do not work overseas and endure separation from our loved ones just so government officials can plunder public funds or so Aquino can uphold the corrupt pork barrel system,” said Eman Villanueva, secretary general of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong-Migrante (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK).

“Our money is not meant to feed the greed of the corrupt and the plunderers. The billions of dollars of remittance that we send and the billions of pesos more generated from the long list of fees that the government charges to OFWs that help keep the economy afloat are not meant to keep a thriving corrupt system of governance,” said Villanueva.

The biggest progressive OFW alliance in Hong Kong also hits the Aquino government’s belittling of the zero remittance call, saying that the Aquino government’s aggressive export of Filipinos abroad shows that it puts premium on OFWs’ contribution to prevent the total slide of the Philippine economy.

“OFW money may go directly to our family but remittance records are also used by this government to bloat up its earnings that in turn improves its credit standing. We supply the dollars that prevent the peso from total collapse,” added Villanueva.

According to him, OFWs are angered by the continuing corruption, slow prosecution of culprits, and Aquino’s special treatment of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged architect of the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

He lamented that thousands of Filipino migrants are deprived of basic support and services to protect their well being and human rights.

“While billions of pesos are in the coffers of government officials with Aquino leading the pack for the advancement of their own agenda, the lives of OFWs are endangered due to lack of funds for repatriation, and their families struggle to make ends meet with skyrocketing of goods, utilities and services,” Villanueva added.

He added that while they may not be able to join in street protests in the Philippines, they will express their solidarity through various forms like the Zero Remittance Day initiated by Migrante International.

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  • I_am_a_citizen_of_the_world

    Zero Remittance Month will be appropriate. That is what I said a couple of weeks ago. That is one way to express disgust over this scam within the government.

    • NoWorryBHappy

      Absolutely ! I completely agree.
      Hangga’t may nakukurakot ang mga politiko natin ay
      hindi titigil ang mga ‘yan. Gagawa at gagawa ng paraan
      para mangurakot. Nasa dugo na ng mga politiko natin ang katiwalian.


  • thinkB4react

    I agree. don’t send money to pay your child’s tuition fees, or the money
    to buy Ur parent’s medications, money to buy food for Ur wife and 5
    children or money to pay Ur debts. This will teach them to be more
    independent.Or the government to be less corrupt.Right? We all have our
    reasons why we left the country. Majority of Us left because we want a
    better and brighter future for our kids. We want them to have the
    education we never had so they will not end up doing the same thing U
    and I did for them…Leaving the country to provide for their own
    Hav U thought of the consequences if lets say U succeed in
    “paralyzing the economy” by not sending remittances on the 19th?.. The
    Philippine economy will crash that will lead to higher cost of basic
    goods/services. Less infrastructure projects and poor government
    services that will lead to lesser investments. Less investments will
    lead to lesser jobs for the Filipino people. Less jobs means more OFW’s
    like Us. Poor government by the way produces more corrupt officials.
    Think before posting Ur comments please. F u want Ur voices to be heard,
    start saying, posting, commenting sensible ideas/thoughts. Be responsible Filipinos.Be sensible

    • 56u4puvv

      give me 5 igan, agree ako dyn..dahil may kabbyn tayong taliwas ang pananaw like mr EARL GATES mag 5/6 ang asawa for the meantime just to participate the 0 REMITTANCE.. its non sounds sensible but simply stupidity..

  • iloveyoy

    why sept. 19th? karamihan sa ofw’s ay naipadala na ang monthly remittance nila sa araw ng sweldo which is usually end of month to 1st week. ordinary filipino citizens ang maapektuhan ng zero remittance day not the corrupt politicians. this is self-destructive and not helpful to our economy. pag isipan sana mabuti ng mga ofw’s.

  • Maria Razon

    Boycott Tax

    • thinkB4react

      Yes boycott tax. Don’t pay Ur taxes people. No taxes, means no roads/bridges, no public hospitals, no government subsidies to help the poor. Yes people. Don’t pay taxes in that case walang mac-corrupt ang mga public officials natin. Lets sacrifice the entire country para lang marinig ang panawagang buwagin ang PDAF. Solutions people; give solutions not senseless ideas like not paying Ur taxes or not sending money to Ur family.

      • Maria Razon

        So what is ur solution that is so sensible? Thinkb4reacting

  • katutubongfilipino

    Malapit na election yan ang magndang protest wag IBOTO ang mga envolved sa pork scam .Bayan magising naman kayo konting pera na bigay sa inyo tuwing election tingnan nyo ang kapalit

  • joboni96

    concentrate on building your own bank
    to invest your hard earned money

    ng hindi ang mga intsik switik banks
    ang nakikinabang

  • big dawg

    i think boycott tax will we better, mejo malaki magiging damage nito kc maraming pamilya madadamay, let’s not hurt ourselves, let’s hurt them instead

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Next time extend it for a few days.

    Remember don’t be gullible during elections. Candidates who love to get picture with OFWs during election are the one you should not vote. They only show up during elections but not when you’re stranded somewhere.

  • desi derata

    Migrante and any of the so-called OFW in the middle east, you work not because of patriotism but because you want material well-being for you and your family. You do not pay taxes while your children probably attend private school but using public infrastructure to go to and from the schools.

    Please do not delude yourself that when you remit money, you do service to the Republic of the Philippines. Stop sending money to your family. Don’t ever think that the exchange rate that you use to enjoy is in fact less than what you should have.

    Meanwhile, we in the US and Canada will continue sending, we don’t care about petty politics and we consider ourselves a small contributor to the economy not allowing our heads to swell as if we do better than the rest of humanity.

  • desi derata

    Members of Migrante may stop remitting to their wives and families. Anyway the wife can borrow some amount from kumpare, the OIC while you are away.

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