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[From the web] Clipping the President’s fiscal powers: A short-term sacrifice to ensure the long-term gain of the people -Akbayan

Clipping the President’s fiscal powers: A short-term sacrifice to ensure the long-term gain of the people

Akbayan welcomes President Benigno Aquino III‘s attempt to elucidate some of the issues that have since surfaced because of the pork barrel scam in his recent public address. We also welcome his resolve to make accountable the pork barrel plunderers and apply the full weight of the law to all those who have robbed the people of their money. At a time when there are attempts to obfuscate the people’s anti-pork, anti-corruption campaign from those who stand to lose much from it, we are glad that President Aquino has heeded the public’s call for clarity and transparency by making himself open to public engagement.

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In the same spirit of openness, Akbayan conveys to President Aquino some of the points where it diverges from his public address on the pork barrel issue. First, even as we recognize his effort to explain the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), we assert that this must go hand in hand with the commitment to clip the fiscal powers of the Executive to further reform the country’s budget system. We remind the President that the DAP is one the facets of such vast and unbridled fiscal powers of the Executive–powers that have been gravely abused in the past and coveted by
some of those who seek to replace him after his term.

Second, the President must realize that not all those who are expressing their concern on DAP are diverting the issue away from the PDAF plunderers. Even though there is a need to remind the public of the important and pressing tasks of the anti-pork campaign, it is wrong to dismiss DAP, more so the executive’s fiscal powers as non-issues in the over-all reform process. Of all people, President Aquino knows too well the dire consequences of the unregulated fiscal powers of the executive having filed a Budget Impoundment Control bill when he was still a Senator during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo‘s pillage of the people’s fund.

Lastly, President Aquino must understand the necessity of implementing under his term deeper reforms particularly those that address the Executive’s unregulated fiscal powers. It is not enough to say that he has not stolen a single cent from the nation’s coffers. It is also severely inadequate for the people to solely rely on an incorruptible leader to assuage their fears that the nation’s coffers will not be abused while our budget system remains prone to corruption and other abuses. President Aquino must make necessary steps to ensure that future administrations will not abuse the people’s fund to entrench their interests, such as what have been displayed in the past.

Thus, we reiterate our call to the President to certify as urgent the passage of House Bill No. 2256 or the Savings and Augmentation Bill, House Bill No. 2257 or the Budget Impoundment Control Bill and House Bill No. 3128 or the Budget Reform Bill to regulate the Executive’s fiscal powers
and further democratize the budget system.

President Aquino must not only persevere and be courageous in punishing the pork barrel plunderers. He must go beyond courage and make the short-term sacrifice of clipping his own fiscal powers to ensure the long-term gain of the people. ###

Source: akbayan.org.ph

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[From the web] Alternatives to the pork barrel system By Herbert Docena

Alternatives to the pork barrel system
By Herbert Docena
October 31, 2013

Although the government has yet to heed our demands, the anti-pork movement has already scored a major victory: It has freed our imagination and empowered us to ask, what can replace the pork barrel system?

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That may sound like a hollow win, but as sociologists have emphasized, one of the most underrated achievements of social movements is their ability to shake up taken-for-granted beliefs, to challenge the “naturalness” of the existing order.

Thanks to the organizing work of such networks as Kilusang KonTRAPOrk, Abolish Pork Movement, and the broad Scrap Pork Network, few today believe the claim—repeated by the President the other night—that there is no other way to provide social services and public goods but for politicians to dispense them almost any way they please to anyone who pleases them.

The movement has punctured one of power’s cherished claims: that there is no alternative. That victory clinched, the struggle to spell out and put in place a different system escalates.

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[Statement] You miss the point, Mr. President, pork is essentially patronage, not only fund misuse -Kilusang #KonTRAPOrk

You miss the point, Mr. President, pork is essentially patronage, not only fund misuse

President Aquino’s televised address to the nation last night, October 30, 2013 on the issue of pork is a big disappointment.

P-Noy’s defense of the the Disbursement Acceleration Program ( DAP ) only shows that the President misses the essential point about the pork barrel issue – essential to transparent, accountable and honest governance. And that is – that pork, whether congressional or presidential- is a tool for patronage politics that breeds corruption and perpetuates elite dynasties in power.

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We have no dispute with the need for the Executive to have a level of discretionary funds for contingencies, emergencies and disaster relief. However, there should be clear parameters in the amounts and how they are going to be spent. This should make the use and the auditing that follows less vulnerable to manipulation.

To attribute the many-sided and enlightening public discussion on DAPas the handiwork of those guilty of pocketing hundreds of millions, even billions of pesos of congressional pork , is as misleading as if not more than the attempts of congressional thieves to confuse the issues and muddle accountabilities.

The call to bring to justice all those who misused PDAF and other pork has always accompanied the demand to abolish all pork. That has been resounding from Luneta to Edsa to Makati to the increasing number of local assemblies and protest marches throughout the country. What concerns all is that justice may be thwarted in the labyrinth of the judicial system and the horse-trading between Malacanang and Congress.

What we expected from P-Noy last night was a list of needed reforms in the public finance system of the country, beginning with the elimination of all pork What we got was a shrouded defense of pork.
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Press Statement of KILUSANG KONTRAPORK with FREEDOM FROM DEBT COALITION
In Response to Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s Address to Nation
(during the primetime telecast on October 30, 2013)

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Malawakang Progresibong Multi-Sektoral na
Kilusang Masa KONTRA PORK, KONTRA TRAPO
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Malawakang Progresibong Multi-Sektoral na
Kilusang Masa KONTRA PORK, KONTRA TRAPO.Ang pagkasiwalat ng P10Billion Napoles-Pork Scam ay parang PANDORA’S Box na nagbukas ng higit na malaganap at malalim na suliranin ng katiwalian sa loob ng pamahalaan at sa sistemang pulitika ng ating lipunan. Ang sunod-sunod at tuloy-tuloy na pagkilos at protesta ay patunay ng determinasyon ng mamamayan labanan ang SISTEMANG PORK, patunay ng pagnanasa sa makabuluhang pagbabago.

Ang PORK ay tanda ng bulok na sistemang TRAPO at nagpapalala sa patuloy na paglawak ng kahirapan ng masa at pagpapayaman ng iilan, Ang paglustay ng kabang bayan para sa interes ng iilan at kawalan ng batayang serbisyong panlipunan.

ANG LABAN SA PORK AY LABAN NG MASA!
LINISIN ANG GOBYERNO, WALISIN ANG TRAPO!

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[Statement] Pinagkakaitan, pinahihirapan tayo pero ang dami pala nating pera, perang ninanakaw sa Gubyerno!- Kilusang KonTRAPOrk

PAHAYAG NG KILUSANG KONTRAPORK

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PINAGKAKAITAN, PINAHIHIRAPAN TAYO PERO ANG DAMI PALA NATING PERA, PERANG NINANAKAW SA GUBYERNO!
(Na-Pork-Nakaw, Pork-Lustay lang pala)

Tayo ngayon ay nagtitipon-tipon upang ipahayag ang ating nagkakaisang pagtutol at pagkilos laban sa walang pakundangan at walang kahihiyang pagnanakaw, pagwawaldas at pagbubulsa ng perang gobyerno na pinaghirapan at pinagpawisan nating mamamayan.

Ang mga nabulgar na P10 bilyong Napoles PDAF scam, ang P900 milyong Malampaya Fund Scam at patuloy nanabubunyag na mga PORK o butas-butas na sistemang pagbadyet at paggastos ng bilyun-bilyong pondong gobyerno na kalauna’y nahuhulog sa mga bulsa ng upisyal at pulitiko ay iilang kaso pa lamang ng malakihang pandarambong at katiwalian ngunit sapat nang makapagpasiklab ng ating kalooban!

Laluna’t karamihan sa atin ay patuloy na naghihirap at nagugutom. Nguni’t lagi na lang sinasabi ng mga nasa gobyerno na wala o kapos tayo sa pera para tugunan ang edukasyon, pa-ospital at gamot, kalusugan, pabahay, pang-rehabilitate at relief sa mga kalamidad, feeding sa mga bata at pagkain sa lugar ng kagutuman at gyera at ang repormang agraryo.

Ang daming pera pala, lakip na ang pondo ng Presidente at mga national government agencies na mas malaki.

YUN PALA, PINAGKAKAITAN AT PINAHIHIRAPAN TAYO NG SARILI NATING BUWIS—DAHIL NINANAKAW, BINUBULSA AT NILULUSTAY LANG PALA NILA!

TAYONG MGA KARANIWANG MAMAMAYAN – MGA MANGGAGAWA SA KOMUNIDAD, PABRIKA, PLANTASYON, MGA MAGBUBUKID, MGA KATUTUBO ANG HIGIT NA DAPAT MAGALIT AT MANINGIL! Tayo ang sinangkalan ng Napoles, Malampaya at iba pang scam. Tayo ang ginawang dahilan ng mga magnanakaw bakit kailangan nila ng pork. Gayong tayo ang pinagkakaitan at binigong makaahon sa kahirapan! Samantalang, tayong nakakarami—ang ating pinagsamang talino, pawis at hirap — ang lumikha ng yaman at pagsulong ng ekonomiya at bansang ito. Bukod pa, nagbabayad din tayo ng sari-saring buwis – withholding, sales tax, irrigation fees, prangkisa at iba pa.

MGA KABABAYAN: Ang nabubunyag ay hindi galaw lamang ng ilan o maraming mga upisyales ng bansa. Isa itong sistemang TRAPO—ng corruption at patronage na pinaglalaruan at winawaldas ang perang bayan at ang budget ng gobyerno para sa kanilang sarili, pamilya at dynasty.

Panahon nang wakasan ang bulok na sistemang ito. Magsimula tayo sa pag-alis ng lahat ng pork-congressional, presidential at lokal. At baguhin ang sistemang pagbabadyet ng pondo ng bansa. Unahin natin ang isang klaseng Universal Social Fund para tugunan nang sapat angedukasyon, kalusugan, pabahay, at iba pang pangangailangan ng karaniwang mamamayan. Gayun din ang para sa tunay na kaunlaran – ang pagbuhay at paglago ng ating mga industriya, agrikultura at serbisyong nakakalikha ng sapat, disente at regular na trabaho. At kayang tustusan ang ating sariling pag-unlad, hindi umaasa sa utang at pagbebenta ng ating lakas-paggawa sa labas ng bansa.

Kaming mga organisasyon, samahan at mga indibidwal na mga mamamayan ay nagsama-sama para ilunsad ang KILUSANG KONTRAPORK. Mula sa araw na ito, maglulunsad kami ng mga talakayan at pagkilos sa daan-daang komunidad sa buong bansa. Kasama ng mamayan, hindi kami titigil hangga’t hindi nalilikha ang isang malaking pagbabangon ng bayan para baguhin ang bulok na sistema ng ating pamamahala.

• ABOLISH LAHAT NG PORK!
• BUNGKALIN LAHAT, AUDIT LAHAT, IMBESTIGAHIN LAHAT NG PORK SCAMS!
• DALHIN SA HUSTISYA AT PAGBAYARIN ANG MGA NAGNAKAW SA PONDO NG BAYAN!
• BAGUHIN ANG SISTEMA NG BUDGET SA PAMBANSA AT LOKAL! IPAUNA ANG PARA SA UNIVERSAL SOCIAL FUND AT DEVELOPMENT NA BUBUHAY MULI SA ATING INDUSTRIYA AT AGRIKULTURA!
• LANSAGIN ANG PAGHAHARING TRAPO SA GUBYERNO!

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[Press Release] Workers ask Luneta marchers: Demand realignment of pork to social services -PM

Workers ask Luneta marchers: Demand realignment of pork to social services

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The workers group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) called on the people who will be joining tomorrow’s rally at Luneta to demand the realignment of the pork barrel to a fund for universal social services. The group also praised the organizers of the Luneta march in its determination to push through and demand the abolition of the pork barrel.

“Workers salute Luneta protest organizer Peachy Rallonza-Bretana for refusing to be placated by President Benigno Aquino III’s proposed pork barrel reform. We however ask them to also demand a new fund distribution system wherein social services will not be based on the discretion of politicians but will be accessible as a matter of right,” Renato Magtubo, PM chair explained.

PM is joining the rally in Luneta tomorrow that will call for the abolition of pork barrel and the prosecution of those involved in the scam. The group’s chapters in Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Iligan are also participating in similar activities in the provinces.

The labor group is advocating the realignment of the pork barrel into a fund for universal social protection. “The Priority Development Assistance Fund, the Presidential Social Fund and other incarnations of the pork barrel must be directly allotted to social services that will be accessible to all Filipinos and not be subject to discretion of political patrons. In this way, the evil of patronage and corruption is removed from the delivery of necessary social services such as Philhealth coverage, socialized housing, scholarships, farmers’ subsidies and public employment” explained Magtubo.

He added that “Only the politically naïve will swallow PNoy’s alibi that pork barrel is necessary to deliver social services to the grassroots. The pork barrel is a political not a development tool. On the part of the national government, the pork barrel is a carrot to buy the support of Congress. While on the part of solons, pork barrel is indispensable to sustain the dependency relations with ward leaders and ordinary voters.”

PM asserted that the reforms declared by the President about the congressional pork barrel are not enough. “At best the reforms may curb rampant corruption but PNoy’s insistence in maintaining the pork barrel means he is strengthening it as an instrument of patronage,” Magtubo averred.

Press Release
August 25, 2013

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[Statement] Hindi Magwawakas sa Basurahan! Dapat Mapakinabangan! Kailangang Maparusahan! -LMK

Hindi Magwawakas sa Basurahan! Dapat Mapakinabangan! Kailangang Maparusahan!

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Mula sa simpleng hamon na post sa social media hanggang sa nabuong mga hinagpis ng mga mamamayan hanggang sa isang pagkilos laban sa pork barrel at buong sistematikong pagnanakaw, pangangamkam, pangungurakot sa loob ng pamahalaan na kinasangkutan ng mga Senador, Kongresista, mga Ahensya hanggang sa Ehekutibong sangay ng pamahalaan ay mas lalong nagpupumiglas ang sambayanan na iparamdam at ipamalas ang puot at galit nito. Isang malawakang pagkilos ang magaganap sa Agosto 26, 2013 sa buong Pilipinas at maging sa ibang bansa laban sa Pork Barrel system.

Biglaan namang nag-damage control ang Malakanyang sa pamamagitan ng pahayag ni PNoy sa harap ng mga manggagawang media na panahon na daw upang buwagin ang pork barrel. Subalit huli na ang lahat at hindi na nito mapapalamig ang init na dama ng mga mamamayan at mahihirap.  Layunin sana ng pahayag ay upang ipakita nanaman sa buong sambayanan na tapat ang Pamalahang Aquino sa “tuwid na daan” nito. Upang makabangon sa kainutilang wala pa ring naipasok sa loob ng kulungan buhat nang ito ay nanungkulan sa pangalan ng “tuwid na daan”. Dagdag pa ay, ang “tuwid na daan” laban sa kurapsyon kuno ay nakatuon lamang sa mga politico at pamilyang hayagang hindi pa rin bumaliktad at pumabor sa koalisyon umano ng reporma – banat lamang sa mga hindi pa lumipat ng Bangka.

Maliwanag naman na hindi tatanggalin at hindi wawasakin ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino ang sistematikong kurapsyon at ang mismong pamamahagi ng pabor sa mga TONGresista at SenaTONGs. Ni ayaw nga nito tanggalin ang sarili nitong pork na trilyones ang halaga.

Ang malawakang kurapsyon at ang malawakang pagwawaldas ng salapi ng mamamayan habang may malawak na bilang ng mamamayan ang nagugutom hindi lang naghihirap, walang trabaho, yung karamihan hindi nakakita ng doctor at guro sa kanilang mga lugar at may prosyento pang tatanggap na lamang ng kahit anong bulnerableng hanap-buhay may makain lang ay sumasalamin sa patuloy na pagkanlong ng Pamahalaang Aquino sa eskimang pork barrel ay hindi ito totoo sa sinasabing pangakong bagong Pilipinas. Mas naging swabe at halos hindi nakikita ang pagnanakaw ng mga alagad ng dilaw na koalisyon dahil sa popularidad ni PNoy na utang naman ito sa malawak na alsang bayan (Peoples’ Power).

Kaya nararapat lamang na magparamdam ng galit ang mga mamamayan lalo na hindi uli magagamit at magpagamit sa mga political at self-claimed social figures mula sa burgisya at kapitalistang hanay. Harap-harapang pinag-nakawan si Juan, Maria, Timuay at Abdul.

Mas ikakabuti ang makulay na pagkilos subalit patas at pareho ang pag-unawa sa respeto at pagkakaisa para sa pagbabago.

Hindi sapat na nagpahayag si PNoy. Lalong hindi sapat na mabasura lang ang PDAF/Pork Barrel. Kailangang magamit sa tunay na esensya ang Intelligence Fund mula sa buwis ng mamamayan upang mahuli si JNapoles at gamitin ang pundo ng Department of Justice (mula uli sa kaban ng bayan) at iba pang mga sangay at ahensya na kumukuha ng pundo mula sa mamamayan. Kailangan may managot, maparusahan at upang mapakinabangan ng mamamayan!

Tanggalin at buwagin ang pork barrel system! Ibuhos sa serbisyong sosyal! Itatag ang mga development councils sa bayan, lunsod at kanayunan upang maseguro ang paglahok ng mga mamamayan sa pagbuo at pagbalangkas ng programa at serbisyong panlipunan at paggamit at pagseguro sa pundo ng bayan!

Lumahok sa Pagkilos laban sa Kurapsyon! Lumahok sa Pagkilos laban sa Tunay na Pagbuwag ng Pork Barrel System! Lumabas sa Agosto 26, 2013 at magparamdam!

Liga ng Makabagong Kabataan

Mindanao, Pilipinas

Agosto 24, 2013

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[Press Release] CTUHR joins calls to abolish pork

CTUHR joins calls to abolish pork

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Labor NGO, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, joins the heightening calls to abolish the pork barrel or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) saying it is the “only solution” to the systemic corruption in government as exposed in the recent 10-billion-peso scam involving 28 legislators and the JLN group of companies headed by Janet Napoles.

“Abolishing pork, not renaming it nor subjecting it to so-called ‘transparent procedures’ like line-item budgeting, is the only solution to systemic corruption that plagues Congress and even the Executive. Law-makers must concentrate on making laws and the billions allocated to PDAF must be channeled to social services,” Daisy Arago, CTUHR executive director said.

The group also criticized President Aquino’s August 23-statement as “misleading” and “meant to pacify growing public dissent against institutionalized and legalized corruption.”

“While the President said it was time to abolish pork, he did not mean anything close to its abolition. The only thing new in his pronouncement was that NGOs and GOCCs will be prohibited from accessing the money but the budget for PDAF is still there, meaning pork barrel remains,” Arago averred.

The group explained that the 10-billion-peso scam of pork barrel funds reportedly channeled to bogus NGOs and to personal pockets of politicians is more than enough reason to put an end to a system that perpetuate corruption.

Arago described the recent pork barrel scam as “grossly insensitive and the height of greed among politicians who squander public money at the expense of the poor” especially since the reported beneficiaries of theses fake NGOs are poor farmers.

“Aside from better services to more Filipinos when PDAF is re-allocated to social services, eliminating pork barrel is also a step towards ending patronage and clientele politics,” Arago added.

“But despite growing public clamor and strong reason against pork barrel, the President is obstinately keeping the PDAF albeit with new ‘guidelines’. We wonder why this is so. Is it because the Office of the President itself stands to lose billions worth of discretionary fund when pork barrel is eliminated?” Arago asked.

The group vowed that they will be marching with millions of Filipinos to Luneta and Mendiola tomorrow, August 26, in a nationwide protest against pork barrel.

“We urge the President to heed the demands of his boss, the Filipino people, and be true to his campaign to end corruption. Abolish pork barrel, no less. And hold everyone involved in this billion-peso scam accountable to the law and the people.” Arago said.

For reference: Daisy Arago, CTUHR Executive Director, +63.411.0256

NEWS RELEASE
25 August 2013

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