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The following is a press statement issued by the People’s Initiative Against the Pork Barrel in a press conference yesterday, June 30, 2014 in Quezon City.

Almost a year has passed when the Napoles pork barrel scam was exposed and the twin calls for the abolition of the pork barrel system and the full accountability of all those involved reverberated across the country.

We are indignant that until now, the graft ridden pork barrel system remains intact while only select members of the opposition are being prosecuted. Malacanang must bring everything out into the open, expose all, as it is now being accused of massive cover up of high administration official and allies linked to the scam.

Despite its ruling on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the Supreme Court has failed to abolish the pork barrel system. Congress has created a new mechanism for handing out pork to its members via a discreet referral and recommendation system even as it has kept intact the President’s gargantuan pork barrel funds, including the P132 Billion Malampaya fund, the President’s Social Fund and the P449 billion Special Purpose Fund. Meanwhile the Court is dragging its feet on the petitions against Pres. Aquino’s and Budget Sec. Abad’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

The President, Congress and the Supreme Court have failed the people. It is time for the people to take matters into their own hands and abolish the pork barrel system themselves.

Today we formally announce the creation of the People’s Initiative Against the Pork Barrel (PIAPB) that will be bringing the anti-pork barrel struggle to a new arena – a people’s initiative to abolish the pork barrel system.

We maintain that the pork barrel system — whereby the spending of billions of lump sum, public funds are delegated to the President, individual legislators or any other public officer is a major source of corruption and political patronage. This corrupt system is an undue delegation of Congress’ power to appropriate public funds that undermines the system of checks and balances and is anathema to the principles of transparency and accountability.

We have jointly come up with a proposed bill to abolish the presidential and congressional pork barrel; prohibit lump sum, discretionary appropriations; and penalize violators. We are in the process of reaching out and forging unities with all forces, groups and individuals to build the broadest possible unity for this people’s initiative.

Today we formally announce the formation of the People’s Initiative Against the Pork Barrel (PIAP), a national coalition of various groups and individuals. We will be bringing the anti-pork barrel struggle to a new arena – a people’s initiative to abolish the pork barrel system – as we vow to continue and escalate protest actions against this corrupt and unjust system.

There is a need for a law that mandates line item budgeting and criminalizes the allocation and use of pork barrel.

In this light, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding a People’s Congress on August 23, 2014 in Cebu City. The People’s Congress will finalize and approve the people’s initiative bill and serve as the official launch of this nationwide education and signature-gathering campaign to abolish the pork barrel system.

Mo. Mary John Mananzan
Abolish Pork Movement

Dr. Carol Araullo
Abolish Pork Movement

Marc Canton
Cebu Coalition Against Pork Barrel

Atty.Rex Fernandez
Cebu Coalition Against Pork Barrel

Fr.Ben Alforque
Church People’s Alliance Against the Pork Barrel

Manny Lopez
E-Pirma

Rep. Neri Colmenares
Makabayan bloc

Mae Paner
Scrap Pok Network

Inday Varona
Scrap Pork Network

Atty. Alex Lacson
Solidarity for Transformation Philippines

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