Months after the success of Million People March in Luneta, Scrap Pork Network is again asking concerned Filipinos to join hands and take part in another cause that will continue the fight for justice against the PDAF scam.
After passing into law last December 2012, RH Law is yet to be implemented because of several petitions filed on the Supreme Court questioning its constitutionality. But it seemed heaven is again favoring its faithful RH advocates as the Supreme Court upholds its constitutionality just today.
In a press briefing held at the Supreme Court office in Baguio City today, SC spokesperson Justice Theodore Te, declared “RH Law is NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL” with exception to some provisions in Section 7 and 23. Te also said that the SC unanimously voted for the RH Law’s constitutionality except for some provisions that were struck down where there were dissenting opinions.
Months after being charged of plunder because of his alleged connection to Janeth Napoles’ Pork Barrel Scam, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., today issued his privilege speech, denying all accusations against him. In his speech he denied connection to Napoles and the whistle-blowers saying he has nothing to do with them at all.
But more than countering all the accusations and allegations, Sen. Revilla Jr. brought up other issues that looked likely more of a “drag me to hell” scenario. He accused President Aquino III of meddling with the Corona Impeachment through a meeting at the Bahay Pangarap in Malacañang. And with the President, he also brought up the name of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, whom he tagged as “Boy Pick-up” because allegedly, it was the Sec. who took him to the President.
Because of Revilla’s accussation, Roxas was sought for reaction during the National Day of prayer and Solidatiry event in Malacañang also today, but he just brushed off the issue. Hours later, Sec. Roxas issued a statement regarding Sen. Revilla Jr’s privilege speech, and below is his official press statement on the issue.
Today, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, one of the respondents in the plunder case filed by DOJ in the Office of the Ombudsman fired back at COA specifically its Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan and other fellow legislators regarding the pork barrel scam. In his privilege speech, he lambasted the COA for allegedly singling them out (with Sen. Revilla and Sen. Enrile) while there are many other Congressmen and Senators who were also part of the special audit report but were not reported in media. He enumerated names of Senators and Congressmen and their alleged questionable use of PDAF but noticeably he didn’t disputed the allegations against him. Below is the complete transcript of his speech entitled “The untold PDAF story that the people should know”.
At past noon yesterday, the DOJ led by its Secretary Leila de Lima went to the Office of the Ombudsman to officially file charges of plunder and malversation of public funds against 3 Senators, Janeth Lim-Napoles and some other former Congressmen. Included in the complaint were Senators Juan Ponce – Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. and former members of the House of Representatives Rizalina Seachon – Lanete of Masbate, Edgar Valdez of APEC partylist, Rodolfo Plaza of Agusan, Constantino Jaraula of Cagayan de Oro and Samuel Dangwa of Benguet.
The DOJ-NBI group handed truckloads of evidences to the Ombudsman which includes documents from COA audit and DBM and other testimonial evidences from the 16 whistle-blowers led by the state witness Benhur Luy.
According to online sources, the photo was taken in Cebu during the celebration of St. Pedro Calungsod’s canonization last November 2012. It was during the event that the Napoles family had a chance to take photo ops with the President along with other visitors.
In his speech, the President cited the good purpose of creating PDAF in the 90′s to help fund communities and LGUs which cannot afford. But its good purpose was suddenly abused by some greedy politicians who regarded PDAF as their own money. And now that the abuses has been told via the COA Audit report, the President have decided to once and for all abolish the pork barrel system and create new mechanism of funding development projects for the country side which will be more stricter and more susceptible to abuses.
Pahayag ng Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III Pangulo ng Pilipinas Ukol sa abolisyon ng PDAF at mga reporma sa pagbabadyet
Taong 1990 nang binuo ang tinatawag na nating PDAF ngayon para sa isang marangal na layunin: Ang bigyang-lakas ang inyong mga Kinatawan sa Kongreso, upang tumukoy ng mga proyektong hindi kayang pondohan ng mga local government units. Wala pong mali o masama sa polisiyang ito. Ang mali, ang masama, at ang siya ngang ikinagagalit ng taumbayan, ay ang pagsasabwatan sa pagitan ng isang pangulong handang makipagtransaksyon para manatili sa kapangyarihan; mga mambabatas handang makipagkuntsabahan; at kung nariyan ang kooperasyon ng burukrasya; at mga mamamayang tila namanhid na sa panlalapastangang ginagawa sa kanila—kung nagsama-sama po ang mga sangkap na ito, maaaring maabuso ang PDAF. Kailangan nating maniguradong hindi na maaabuso ang sistema.
Akala po ng iba, pera nila ang PDAF, na puwedeng gastusin kung paano nila gusto. Pero mali po ito: Pera ng bayan ang pinag-uusapan dito, at sa bayan dapat—at hindi sa ilang gahaman lamang– ang pakinabang nito. Nakakagimbal nga po ang mga rebelasyon tulad ng mga nakapaloob sa COA Special Audit Report ukol sa paggamit ng PDAF noong 2007 hanggang 2009, na inilabas nitong nakaraang linggo. Dalawang bagay po ang malinaw na kailangan nating gawin sa panahong ito.