EDSA Tayo prayer vigil, dinaluhan ng iba’t-ibang grupo

admin   •   September 11, 2013   •   3809

SCRAP ALL PORK! Ang mensaheng ibig ipabatid ng  isang grupong nakiisa sa EDSA Tayo rally nitong Miyerkules, Setyembre 11, 2013. (WILLIE SY / Photoville International)

SCRAP ALL PORK! Ang mensaheng ibig ipabatid ng isang grupong nakiisa sa EDSA Tayo rally nitong Miyerkules, Setyembre 11, 2013. (WILLIE SY / Photoville International)

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Iba’t-ibang organisasyon ang nakilahok, mayroong grupo ng mga magkakaibigan, grupo ng mga kabataan, mayroon ding senior citizen at mga non-government organization 

Isang million signature campaign naman ang inorganisa ng Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption laban sa pork barrel.

Ang million signature campaign ng VACC. (ROMALDO MICO SOLON / Photoville International)

Ang million signature campaign ng VACC. (ROMALDO MICO SOLON / Photoville International)

Kinumpiska ng mga tauhan ng PNP ang dalang streamer ng isang grupo. Hindi pahihintulutan ng PNP ang pagsasabit o pagdadala ng banner at streamer sa mismong  lugar ng EDSA Shrine

Tanghali na nang  simulan ang programa ng EDSA Tayo. Pasado alas-dos naman nang magsimulang  magtungo sa shrine ang mga militanteng grupo.

Nagkaroon ng kaunting komosyon dahil pilit na ipinapasok ng mga militanteng grupo ang kanilang dalang placards sa shrine. Agad namang nakipagkasundo ang mga organizer at mapayapang nakapasok sa loob ng venue ang mga militanteng grupo.

Ayon naman kay Junep Ocampo, isa sa mga founder ng EDSA Tayo, huwag tignan ang bilang kundi ang layon  ng pagtitipon.

“Hindi po kami napaparamihan, ang alam lang po namin, panalangin namin, huwag umulan — dininig naman po. Pangalawa, marami din naman po dumalo. Siguro kung pagsasama samahin pati yung nagsimba kanina siguro nasa limang libo din”

Hindi naman kinumpirma ni Ocampo na dadalo siya sa September 13 gathering sa Luneta ngunit makikiisa na lamang umano sila sa pamamagitan ng pananalangin.

Samantala, natuwa naman ang mga tauhan ng PNP na naging mapayapa ang EDSA Tayo prayer vigil.

Ayon sa estimate ng PNP, nasa mahigit isang libo lamang ang dumalo sa EDSA Tayo prayer vigil, hindi man lamang umabot sa limang libo na kinumpirma ng mga organizer na dadalo sa naturang pagtitipon.

Ang EDSA Tayo protest rally ay nagsimula  bilang isang online campaign na umani ng suporta mula sa iba’t-ibang grupo.

Layon ng EDSA Tayo protest rally na makapagtipon ng mga tao na iisa ang  paniniwala  na dapat nang i- abolish sa Priority Development Assistance Fund o PDAF. (MON JOCSON, UNTV News)

Bagaman nagkaroon ng ilang mga komprontasyon sa pagitan ng ilang mga dumalo sa EDSA Tayo at ng mga pulis, sa kabuuan, ayon sa Pambansang Pulisya ay  naging payapa ang pagtitipong ito. (PHOTOVILLE International)

Bagaman nagkaroon ng ilang mga komprontasyon sa pagitan ng ilang mga dumalo sa EDSA Tayo at ng mga pulis, sa kabuuan, ayon sa Pambansang Pulisya ay naging payapa ang pagtitipong ito. (PHOTOVILLE International)

PACC chair Dante Jimenez passes away at 68

Maris Federez   •   January 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chairperson Dante Jimenez has passed away due to an aortic aneurysm. He was 68.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) president Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista confirmed Jimenez’s death on his Facebook page.

“It is with deep sadness the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) officially announces the demise of its Founding Chairman Dante La Jimenez last Friday, January 29, 2021, due to an Aortic Aneurysm,” Evangelista said.

He also shared on his post the official statement of the family of Jimenez.

“We, his family will miss him dearly as we have lost a loving family man and a passionate anti-crime crusader,” the post said.

Jimenez was the founding chairman of VACC before his appointment to PACC in January 2018.

“Chairman Dante leaves behind an irreplaceable void. However, we at VACC will honor his memory by continuing the crusade with a greater sense of purpose and commitment,” the VACC board said.

Malacañang, on Saturday, offered its condolences to Jimenez’s family.

“The Palace expresses its condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairperson Dante Jimenez who died of aortic aneurysm last night, January 29, 2021,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

“PACC Chair Jimenez spent most of his productive life advocating a just and peaceful society for Filipinos by fighting criminality and corruption. He believed and shared President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s centerpiece program, which is the campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption, and had served the Duterte Administration as Chair of PACC and Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). He would be dearly missed,” he added. —/mbmf

Lacson says proposed 2020 budget still tainted with pork barrel

Robie de Guzman   •   December 11, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday said the proposed 2020 national budget signed by the congressional bicameral conference committee is still tainted with pork barrel.

In a statement, Lacson noted that “bad habits are indeed hard to break,” as he revealed some of the budget insertions allegedly made by the House of Representatives before the bicameral conference committee approved the report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.

“It is revolting to note that legislators keep on dipping their dirty fingers on our national budget in spite of pending cases involving the same issue,” he said.

The senator said he did not attend the signing of the report on the budget bill which was held during a meeting at a hotel in Makati City.

He mentioned that one reason why he skipped the meeting was because his office received a USB containing two files – the “Source” file and the “List” file – from the Lower House on Tuesday night.

“Our preliminary scrutiny of the last-minute insertions made by the House would indicate that the Source File is the list of 1,253 budget items worth P83.219B that was apparently used as the congressmen’s ‘source’ of their ‘list’ of 742 projects worth P16.345B that were inserted in the bicam report that was signed by both panels this morning,” he said.

“Since there is no preliminary explanation from the House regarding the two files, we cannot ascertain if indeed only P16.345B or the bigger amount of P83.219B was inserted at the last minute prior to the bicam signing,” he added.

He continued with: “What is clear, though, is that there are still lump sums and vaguely described projects that are now part of the bicam report.”

Lacson said that their initial check of the files showed that the top provinces with huge allocations include:

  • Albay – P670M
  • Cavite – P580M
  • Sorsogon – P570M
  • Batangas – P502M
  • Bulacan – P440M
  • Pangasinan – P420M
  • Cebu – P410M

He also claimed that 117 flood control projects worth P3.179-billion dominated the insertions, “with eight projects uniformly budgeted at P60 million each.”

“There are more corruption-driven insertions in the Files sent to us that I have not mentioned. Thus, we will continue to diligently scrutinize it and inform the DBM and the Office of the President as I have high hopes that President Rodrigo Duterte will again display his aversion to corruption,” he added.

“Pork is here to stay. I hope the President will again exercise his political will in vetoing line items that will obviously waste people’s tax money,” he further stated.

Lacson calls on colleagues to bare amendments in 2020 budget bill

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday challenged his fellow lawmakers to bare the amendments they made to the proposed 2020 national budget following his allegations that billions-worth of “pork” funds were “parked” in the budget bill.

Lacson said such a show of transparency would dispel suspicions that the amendments are stained with “pork barrel” funds.

“We should make everything public. That includes all amendments we submit, whether institutional or individual,” Lacson said in an interview on DZBB radio.

“Most if not all lawmakers have their own websites. Why not post their amendments there, for the public to scrutinize?” he added.

Lacson lamented that in previous years, some lawmakers submit their amendments to their respective finance or appropriations chairpersons without having them go through floor deliberations.

“Instead of having their amendments undergo scrutiny in-floor deliberations, some lawmakers propose their amendments verbally, or even scribble them on napkins,” he said.

The lawmaker said that during Congress’ deliberation on the 2019 budget, he used his website to post his proposed institutional changes.

Institutional amendments pertain to programs and projects that have undergone planning and vetting, and are based on requests from concerned implementing agencies.

Lacson said such institutional amendments are proposed by lawmakers who find merit in them after vetting with relevant agencies.

Individual amendments, meanwhile, pertain to projects based mainly on lawmakers’ intervention and are considered legislators’ pet projects.

“In most cases, these do not involve consultations with the implementing agencies concerned, nor are they part of the Local Development Plans of the Local Government Units,” Lacson said.

He added that such programs can be considered pork barrel, based on the 2013 ruling of the Supreme Court that deems as unconstitutional projects that are “whimsical and arbitrary.”

The 2013 Supreme Court ruling declaring pork barrel as unconstitutional covers “all informal practices of similar import and effect, which the Court similarly deems to be acts of grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction.”

In pushing for transparency in the national budget, Lacson said people have the right to know where their taxes are going, especially amid the country’s growing debt that now stands at more than P7.9 trillion.

“The national budget involves the people’s money. It should benefit the people and not a few senators or congressmen or even government officials who implement projects. And the budget is funded by our taxes, as well as borrowings if our tax collections fall short,” he said.

READ: Sen. Lacson urged to identify questionable P20-B in proposed 2020 national budget

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