‘Aquino III regime widely isolated even among OFWs, Overseas Filipinos’
Thus, said today by the Filipino migrant rights activist group Migrante-Middle East & North Africa (M-MENA) on the issue of the President who is determined to keep his office huge lump sum pork barrel allocations in the 2014 proposed General Appropriation Act (GAA), which already passed in second reading in the House of Representatives. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is openly defending his trillion peso pork allocations.
‘The ‘Pork Barrel King’ tag to PNoy immediately spread abroad and it became a byword now
among OFWs. It is precisely because OFWs around the world hate systematic corruption in the government characterized by pork barrel allocations that were siphoned by corrupt politicians, opposition and pro-administration, for their own personal and political gains,’ said M-MENA coordinator John Leonard Monterona.
Monterona noted that Filipinos abroad have been vocally expressing their anti-pork sentiments via social networking sites Twitter and Facebook in a form of one-liner opinion or with photos and slogans of themselves calling for the abolition of pork barrel allocations.
‘We, OFWs, have not seen sincerity from Congress leaders to finally abolish their pork allocations especially under the PNoy regime whose allies wield so much influence, if not control, both the Senate and House of Representatives,’ Monterona averred.
Monterona opined that so far PNoy failed to convince not only OFWs abroad but the general public in the home front why he needs to maintain his lump sum trillion pork barrel allocations.
‘We, OFWs and our families don’t believe his explanations as these are mere brouhaha,’ the OFW leader added.
‘We would like to remind Mr. Aquino III of his own slogan, ‘Kung walang kurap, walang mahirap’. Abolition of all forms of pork allocations is combatting corruption. Maintaining it in govt budget would mean Mr. Aquino is not sincere in his fight against corruption because he and allies may have so much personal and political gains from it”, Monterona averred.
Monterona said his group and various OFW organizations are consulting now when the ‘Zero Remittance Day’ will be set this month as a continuation of its anti-pork symbolic protest in solidarity with the broad anti-pork movement in the Philippines.
Many OFWs and groups have already conveyed their intention to join DEPORK alliance, according to Monterona.
On September 19, 2013, around 300 OFW groups under the banner of Migrante International joined its ‘Zero Remittance Day’.