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[Statement] #ScrapPork Network still hears loud “Oink!” from 2014 Budget

#ScrapPork Network still hears loud “Oink!” from 2014 Budget

The 2014 General Appropriations Act still contains discretionary and lump sum funds of lawmakers and P83.24 billion in unprogrammed funds, according to the watchdog group, #ScrapPork Network (SPN).

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As it stands, the National Budget is a “shameless and unconscionable violation of the Supreme Court ruling declaring the Pork Barrel System unconstitutional,” said #ScrapPork Network spokesperson Peachy Tan.

She also said the government failed to seize the opportunity to create a display of genuine “tuwid na daan” by not turning the rehabilitation of disaster-stricken areas as models for transparency and responsive budgeting. Tan hit Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s “special provision” earmarking P200 million to support local government units, half of which is allocated for the City Government of Manila governed by his father, Mayor Joseph Estrada.

“He is one of the principal suspects on the Napoles plunder case wherein he is accused of pocketing P200 million from ghost projects with Napoles NGOs, and now, he is violating the Constitution with a liposuction of his pork, only to be transferred to his dad,” Tan said.

She added that the new budget is proof that piecemeal reforms in governance will only come under perennial attack from traditional politicians “who will throw scraps at the public while they find creative means of diverting the people’s funds.”

Tan reiterated the need for the Filipino to be vigilant, instead of jubilant, in the midst of the reported “pork-less” budget and the declared unconstitutionality of the Pork Barrel System. “Clearly, unprogrammed funds still exist and lawmakers like Jinggoy can still allocate funds appropriated to them on their own discretion,” Tan cautioned.

Major disasters like Typhoon Yolanda, she added, could be the “opening of the floodgates” for more “discretionary spending.”

“Our government has collected nearly P600 million from international donations for rehabilitation and relief of Yolanda-stricken areas and a big chunk of the pledged amount has not been received yet. Reports say tons of relief goods are still undelivered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and other government agencies while temporary shelters, in the form of bunker houses, are structurally weak and overpriced,” Tan explained.

“Yet, our government plans to spend, with full discretion, P80 billion from taxpayers money for rehabilitation. Our question is: Is this budget transparent and responsive? Have affected communities even been consulted?” she asked. #ScrapPork Network calls on the Filipino people to intensify further the battle for accountability, transparency, and democratic budgeting for 2014 might be the “Year of the Mutant Pig.”

Source: http://scrapporknetwork.com/scrappork-network-still-hears-loud-oink-from-2014-budget/

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[Event] PERSONALAN NA! (100 Days Deadline) By Million People March to Scrap Pork Barrel

PERSONALAN NA! (100 Days Deadline)
By Million People March to Scrap Pork Barrel

Scrap pork Network Personalan na

100 araw na ang nagdaan, patunayan ang tuwid na daan, panagutin lahat ng kawatan!
Ibasura ang Pork Barrel System!
Ilatag lahat ng pinagkagastusan!

Dec 6, 2013 4pm, Ombudsman Building, Agham Road, Diliman, QC. At 5pm, the 100 Days’ deadline, there will be a NOISE BARRAGE (bring bells, cymbals, tambourine, gongs, etc.), followed by a march (carrying our torches, candles, laser swords, lanterns, anything that lights up) towards Quezon Memorial Circle where we will hold a program. Wherever you are, feel free to hold a parallel/simultaneous event! Please invite and share!

This is a #ScrapPork Network event to support 100 Days’ Countdown to Justice https://www.facebook.com/events/565677033491951/

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ScrapPork

http://scrapporknetwork.com/scrappork-network-unity-statement/
scrapporknetwork@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MillionPeopleMarchForum/

https://www.facebook.com/events/386097468189389/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

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[Statement] A fight against an entire system of corruption and political patronage -#ScrapPork Network

#ScrapPork Network Responds to President Benigno S. Aquino III’s October 30, 2013 Address to the Nation

In his Address to the Nation, the President presented the DAP, or the Disbursement Acceleration Program, as an expression of ‘Tuwid na Daan’. He also expressed displeasure at persons who, he said, criticized him unfairly and maliciously in relation to the pork barrel issue, and who called him names such as Pork Barrel King.

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The #ScrapPork Network (SPN) has consistently taken the position that the pork barrel issue is not about personalities per se. As we in SPN have repeatedly and clearly proclaimed, this is NOT a fight against just one person. Neither is the solution in the hands of a single person only. It is an all-encompassing concern for all citizens of this country which necessitate fighting against an entire system of corruption and political patronage.

We acknowledge the efforts of government at proposing changes in the budget process and the public finance system, and at investigating and holding persons liable for the massive pork barrel scam. We also acknowledge the achievements that our country has gained in the arena of international political economy. But these are not enough.

A systemic flaw in governance requires a systemic response. The pork barrel system has long plagued our institutions to the detriment of the entire citizenry. Nothing and no one are spared from the corrupting effects of the pork barrel system. It is therefore a challenge to the President that while he does not solely hold the solution to this systemic problem, he is in the best position to lead the nation out of this rut.

If he truly meant what he said about guiding the people towards the tuwid na daan, then, Mr. President, the pork barrel system is blocking the way. Join the people in destroying this barrier.

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#ScrapPork Network Unity Statement & sign-up form: http://scrapporknetwork.com/scrappork-network-unity-statement/

#ScrapPork Network’s 8 Concrete Calls to the Government and to the People
http://scrapporknetwork.com/8-concrete-calls-to-the-government-and-to-the-people/

http://scrapporknetwork.com/scrappork-network-responds-to-president-benigno-s-aquino-iiis-october-30-2013-address-to-the-nation/

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[Video] Lidy Nacpil’s Speech on Pork — Pork Barrel & Public Finance By Million People March

Published on Oct 15, 2013 by Million People March
Lidy Nacpil’s Speech on Pork — Pork Barrel & Public Finance — at the October 4, 2012 Million People March @ Ayala organized by the #ScrapPork Network and its allies. You can view the PowerPoint Presentation accompanying her speech at http://www.scribd.com/doc/174071233/P… .

About the speaker:
Lidy Nacpil
Vice-President, Freedom From Debt Coalition

#ScrapPork Network Official Web Site: http://scrapporknetwork.com/
#ScrapPork Network Unity Statement: http://scrapporknetwork.com/scrappork…
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ScrapPork
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Scrap_Pork
Forum: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Milli…
E-mail: ScrapPork@gmail.com

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