By Joey Natividad
CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region, 13Sept2013 (BicolToday.com) – The United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) wants all pork barrels abolished, and name tags politicians who use the pork barrel for thievery as “Judas Iscariots” of Biblical times.
The UCCP Bishops also warned that permitting billions of pesos of public funds under President Aquino’s discretionary power is risky, stopping short of expressing “loss of trust and confidence” for the President.
They urged Aquino to obey the people’s clamor to abolish the port barrel.
The UCCP and allied groups are preparing for people’s march on Friday (Sept 13) at Luneta, Manila, to express their call for pork barrel abolition.
The UCCP Bishops on Thursday (Sept 12) indicted politicians who have used Pork Barrel for thievery as “no better than Judas” as they labeled Pork Barrel scam a betrayal of the nation, their statement was sent to Bicol Today early Thursday morning.“We are calling the Christian faithful to action,” said Bishop Elorde Sambat, North Luzon Jurisdictional Area.
“We must do something to stop politicians from using bogus projects for the poor to steal public funds. Judas Iscariot was interested in the same thing during Biblical times,” said Bishop Sambat.
“Just listening to stories from communities makes clear that kick-back scams and Pork Barrel plunder are all too common. We are calling the Filipino people to join us in demanding investigations of all Pork projects. Making individuals and entities responsible for their stealing of public funds will help our nation. Corruption chokes our development,” said Bishop Art Asi, South Luzon Jurisdictional Area.
“We express great concern about the large sums of Presidential Pork. All Pork Barrel should be abolished; it is much too vulnerable to graft and corruption. A budget with billions in discretionary funds is unnecessary risk, especially when so many funds are left to the discretion of one person, namely President Aquino.
Having campaigned on the slogan ‘kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap,’ President Aquino should stop resisting the public’s demand to abolish all pork barrel,” said Bishop Asi.
Members and friends of the UCCP held a noise barrage action in Quezon City Thursday, urging people to join the FORWARD MARCH LUNETA: ABOLISH PORK BARREL to be held at 3 o’clock tomorrow.
The UCCP will be joining an ecumenical service at the Central United Methodist Church, Kalaw Avenue, Manila at 1:30 pm, before marching to Luneta where an Interfaith service will be conducted.
Similar UCCP noise barrages and public actions were also held in Davao City and other parts of the country.
“Now is the time to demand accountability and transparency from our nation’s leaders. We add our voices to the swelling multitude: ABOLISH PORK BARREL NOW!,” concluded Bishop Sambat [Bicoltoday.com]