MANILA, 25Aug2013 (PNA) – Catholic bishops and Church groups are joining the anti-pork barrel rally at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Monday.
Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said that he will be present in the mass action which will be staged to call for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
“I’m going there because I think this is no longer just about the pork barrel (scam),” the Catholic prelate said in an interview.
However, Cruz said that he will not call for other bishops to participate in the event, which is dubbed as “A Million People’s March to Luneta” as he wants them to decide on their own.
“Let them decide for themselves. If they want to join or not that’s their call,” he said.
Likewise, Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos has confirmed his attendance in the rally. “The Diocese of Balanga supports Monday’s Million March. We pray for order and safety during the event and for good nature among the marchers,” he said in a separate interview.
He added, “We pray for change of heart towards genuine charity and honesty of all.”
Meanwhile, several Christian groups have expressed their support and urged their supporters to join the event at the Luneta.
“Let us go there to stand in the gap, repent for our sins as a nation and pray that more witnesses will come out to expose evils in all other agencies of government,” said the leaders of the Philippines for Jesus Movement, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, Intercessors for the Philippines and the Movement for National Transformation in a joint statement.
The groups of Catholic schools also supported the call for mass rallies to express resentment against the controversial fund.
“We support the citizen’s initiative to march to Luneta and to other places where there will be mobilization on August 26 to express indignation over the pork barrel scandal,” the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP)said in a statement.(PNA)