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August 18, 2014

Aquino, allies want cha-cha to preserve pork barrel system

A former legislator says President Benigno Aquino III and his allies in Congress have now resorted to the extreme act of amending the Constitution just to preserve the pork barrel system.

“It’s all about money – stealing the people’s money and wanting to get away with it,” says former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño about Pres. Aquino’s wish to clip the Supreme Court’s powers through charter change.

“Why is the President suddenly interested in curtailing the powers of the Supreme Court? Because the SC dealt serious blows against the pork barrel system. The Pork Barrel King and his minions in Congress will have a hard time enjoying their pork if the SC continues to check on them,” said Casiño.

“Even as we speak, the Palace and the administration-dominated Congress have connived to create new pork barrel mechanisms to undermine the SC’s decision on the PDAF, as proven by the expose of ACT Teachers Party Rep. Antonio Tinio. They are also conniving to institutionalize the DAP in the 2015 budget by redefining savings and allowing cross-border transfers,” he said.

“What more if the SC’s powers to check on them are clipped? Malamang mas palakihin pa nila ang pork barrel,” warned Casiño.

In this light, the former lawmaker is calling on the public to attend the “Stand Up, Sign Up Against All Pork rally in Luneta on August 25, the anniversary of the Luneta Million People March Against the Pork Barrel.

“Hundreds of thousands will go back to Luneta not only to sign up for the people’s initiative to abolish the pork barrel but also to oppose Aquino’s move to amend the Constitution. We say no to the pork barrel and no to this pork-barrel motivated cha-cha,” Casiño said.#

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