Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00
The Akbayan Partylist, other organizations and thousands of its members and supporters, including students and educators here in the city of Zamboanga are set to march on Monday as part of a nationwide protest against corruption and for the scrapping of the pork barrel fund.
Neil Dalena, Akbayan Secretary General based in Zamboanga City, said the march is dubbed as "Marcha de Zamboanga Contra Corrupcion", which will kick off at 8:00 a.m. from the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in normal road to Plaza Pershing in down town Zamboanga.
Speaking in an interview aired over Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), Dalena said they will stage the march rally to express their strong revulsion against corruption and to call for the abolition of the pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) given to lawmakers.
"A thousand is expected to join the march against corruption.. man express kame el de amun desgusto con el pork barrel y corrupcion.. we are against corruption, we are for the abolition of PDAF or pork barrel," Dalena said.
According to Dalena, there are Akbayan members and leaders of an anti-corruption group from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) and Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) who will speak in opposition to the pork barrel and on the negative or ill effects of corruption.
National leaders of Akbayan Partylist had earlier said that President Benigno Aquino III's decision to suspend the release of the pork barrel fund must lead to its total and unconditional abolition.
Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello reminded the President that the suspension of the release of the pork barrel must lead to its complete phase-out. He however said they welcome President Aquino's decision to suspend the release of the pork barrel to lawmakers until the probe on the pork barrel scam is completed.
However, the President has already categorically stated that he is not in favor of abolishing the pork barrel.
Akbayan's call on President Aquino to immediately and without conditions abolish the PDAF came following the shocking revelations in the recent COA audit on the heels of the P10 Billion Napoles-pork barrel scam. It was also revealed that many lawmakers allocated funds from their PDAF for bogus NGOs.
By Hader Glang
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