March, Mass, Prayer Rally against the Pork Barrel System
Set for September 29, 2013
Group offers potential alternatives
The Cebu Coalition Against the Pork Barrel System urges Cebuanos to join a massive interfaith rally on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Participants will assemble at the Fuente Osmeña circle at 1:00 PM, followed by a march down Osmeña Blvd. toward Plaza Independencia where a Mass will be concelebrated.
After the Mass, an Interfaith Prayer and Anti-Pork Barrel Program will ensue. Over 50 religious, civil society, academic, and business organizations have coalesced to form this protest event against the “pork barrel system”.
Heads of Cebu schools such as University of Cebu, Cebu Doctors University, University of San Carlos, University of the Visayas, St. Theresa’s College, and other Catholic schools will encourage their students and faculty to join the September 29 protest activities.
The rally will include leaders of different faiths praying for the well-being of the country by getting rid of the pork barrel system, patronage politics and corruption in general.
Several individuals from various sectors of society will speak up and share with others how the pork barrel scam has negatively affected their lives. Guest performers such as Budoy and the Sining Dilaab Tribal Progressive Band will entertain the crowd with their “pork barrel related” numbers. In addition, Ingko Alisyon (in coalition), will help inform and regale the crowd with very educational, yet simple parables and make this complex national tragedy much easier to understand.
The program also includes the reading of the Unity Statement in English and Cebuano, signing of the statement throughout the event, and a special candle lighting called “Ten Thousand Points of Light”.
If there is one thing that differentiates this rally among others locally or nationally, it is that a major focus of this event includes proposing potential alternatives or solutions to the pork barrel. These options will be introduced to the crowd and their collective response noted.
Right after the rally in the beginning of October, the Coalition has planned two educational fora highlighting constitutional and governance experts who will serve as resources regarding the potential solutions that had introduced to the participants. In fact, on September 25, 2013, the Movement for a Livable Cebu, a member of the Coalition conducted an education forum with Justice Gabriel Ingles on “The General Appropriations Act”. Following these educational sessions, core members of the Coalition will engage in a two day retreat (Oct. 5 & 6) to further work on the specific proposals for alternatives and solutions.
Msgr. Rommel Kintanar of the Archdiocesan Discernment Group of Cebu and Co-Convenor, stated, “We will not only say why we are against the pork barrel system, we will explain fully what we have stated in our Unity Statement, and most importantly, we will float some of our potential solutions and alternatives.”
Msgr. Kintanar added, “We appeal to people with good hearts and clean conscience, especially Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) beneficiaries who would be painfully affected by PDAF abolition: May they understand the gravity and urgency of this radical solution. May they bear and see this temporary sacrifice as the birth pangs for the emergence of a better way of managing government resources and of improving the delivery of government services.”
The sense of transformation is vividly present within the group. There is an impatience with the way politics has been conducted in the country and how such politics has caused so much suffering for people especially the marginalized. Marc Canton, of the Movement for a Livable Cebu and Coalition Co-Convenor, lamented, “We ache for a country where we count the number of Nobel Prize winners and Magsaysay Awardees, as opposed to how many plunderers have been convicted and put in jail”.
Cebu Coalition Against the Pork Barrel System
Archdiocese of Cebu Discernment Group
Association of Major Religious Men Superiors of Cebu
Association of Women Religious of Cebu
Basilica del Sto. Nino SNAF
Catholic Women’s League
Cebu-Citizens Involvement and Maturation in People’s Empowerment and Liberation Foundation Inc. (C-CIMPEL)
Confraternity of the Lady of All Nations
Couples for Christ
Redemptorist Center for Social and Ecological Concerns
Task Force for Life and Family
Task Force on Urban Concientization-AMRSP Cebu
Abolish Pork Barrel Movement-Cebu
Barangay Luz Urban Poor
Bosconian International Chamber of Commerce
Boy Scouts Cebu Council
Cebu City Federation of PWD
Cebu Medical Society
Farmers Development Center
Jesus A. Avila Foundation Inc
Kasama sa UP
League of Filipino Students
Magdalo Sugbo Chapter
Maghisgot Kita’g Politika Bay
Movement for a Livable Cebu
Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante
National Union of Students of the Philippines
Oasis of Love
Organization of Rehabilitative Advocates for Inclusion Inc
Panaghugpong sa Kabos nga Tagadakbayan
Philippine Institute of Applied Politics
Philippine Nurses Association
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
UP Cebu Student Council
University of Cebu
T. Padilla Urban Poor
USC Community Extension/ Student Council
USC Political Science Center for Governance
Media Contact: Rudy Alix (0915 537 5613)
Convenors: Msgr. Rommel Kintanar (272-8091); Marc Canton (0923 925 9723); Marilu Chiongbian (412-1322)
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