“PNoy regime bluffing on ‘No Remittance day will hurt OFW families’ remark,” said today by Filipino migrants’ right group Migrante Middle East-North Africa (M-MENA) in reaction to the statement issued by Malacanang on OFWs’ No Remittance day campaign.
“PNoy regime is hell bent on discouraging OFWs not to join our ‘Zero Remittance Day’ campaign which is a symbolic campaign to demand for the abolition of all forms of pork barrel including of the President,” said John Leonard Monterona, M-MENA coordinator, who is now based in Tunisia.
“In fact, our kin and relatives have urged us not to remit today, Sept. 19 in solidarity to the anti-pork campaign in the home front,” Monterona added.
Monterona said PNoy and his cohorts in Congress didn’t know how to read OFWs clear message that is, ‘OFWs and our families, just like other sectors, are demanding the abolition of all forms of pork barrel including yours in the Executive department. We want more govt. funds poured into social services, health, education, and on-site services and programs for OFWs and our families.
“We won’t be surprised that tomorrow, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will issue a manufactured data of remittance sent today to prove that OFWs remittance is within the daily average in-flow. Then Palace spin doctors will echo that the ‘Zero Remittance Day’ has no impact to the economy’,” Monterona clarifying that ‘sabotaging the economy is not the objective of our Zero Remittance day campaign’.
Monterona said their group and several OFWs groups in the Middle East and North Africa are planning to continue the ‘Zero Remittance Day’ campaign every month at least in just a single day.
“The symbolic ‘Zero Remittance Day’ campaign is OFWs contribution to our people’s fight versus corruption in the government amid PNoy regime ‘tuwid na daan’ sloganeering,” Monterona ended.