7,000 sign online to probe P10-billion pork scam

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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Here’s the outrage.

An online petition urging the Ombudsman to investigate the P10-billion pork barrel scam gained more than 7,000 signatures in less than 48 hours, debunking the perception that the public has grown cynical about corruption in the government.

The continued support for the petition among netizens seems to indicate outrage with an objective: Punish those responsible for the diversion of public funds intended for hospitals, schools, farmers, roads and projects that should help poor Filipinos.

“Even the devil would be shamed by the gall and impunity of these crocodiles. It’s time we show once again the true power of the people,” petitioner Moenil Lapa of Cebu City wrote.

“PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) is gravely misused by those who are in public service. Absolutely no more doubts about it. Please DONT ever close your eyes on this fact,” wrote petitioner Teresa Herrmann of Virac town, Catanduanes province.

Posted three days ago, the petition (http://www.change.org/ProbePDAFScam) is an initiative of the Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) of the Philippines.

The petition listed former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus, former Environment Secretary Fulgencio Factoran, former Senator and Minister of Finance Vicente Paterno, former Finance Secretary Jesus Estanislao and former Education Undersecretary Isagani Cruz for reference.

The petition is addressed to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

 

Destructive cure

“Whatever problems it was meant to address, the PDAF has proven itself a cure more destructive than the disease,” the petition said.

“No benefit can possibly justify the crimes it has spawned and the systematic corruption of public institutions and officials it has promoted,” it said.

The petition was an offshoot of the Inquirer series of reports on the National Bureau of Investigation’s probe of the alleged diversion of P10 billion in lawmakers’ pork to bogus NGOs allegedly controlled by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

The alleged scam was bared in signed affidavits submitted to the NBI by six former employees of  Napoles who turned whistle-blowers.

The disclosure of the scam also sparked discussion on social media, and spawned the hashtags #napoles, #JailNapoles #porkscam, #porkbarrelscam, #abolishpork, #PDAF #PDAFscam and #porkbarrel.

 

Absolutely revolting

It has also inspired bloggers to dissect the scandal and post their own analyses. But some bloggers prefer to remain anonymous, raising questions about their objective.

Most of those who signed the petition have posted their names and addresses.

“For this country to move forward, we can’t keep turning a blind eye to corruption like this. It is absolutely revolting. What a joke our government has become,” JB Macatulad of Quezon City wrote.

“I pay my taxes even if my income is often not enough for my family’s needs and I know there are those more disadvantaged than I am. The misuse of the PDAF negates trust in the government for law-abiding citizens like me,” Daphne Padilla of Davao City said.

Sabrina Gayo of Makati City cited one reason for signing the petition, “I want these corrupt officials kicked out of the government.”

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  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    So ilan na ba ngayon? Nadoble na ba ang 7000? Pathetic and useless undertaking. Goes to show the ningas kugon attitude of Filipinos. Puro dakdak, kulang sa gawa.

  • AegeanNereus

    Sa survey: Do you agree with the proposal to abolish the Pork Barrel?..Yes =96%, No= 3%, I dont care=1%. Malamang sa 3% kabilang yong mga Senators at Congressman at sa 1% kabilang si Napoles…I dont care, fly na ako, seek niyo ako hahaha

  • Patikotiko

    Scrap pork barrel and confiscate Napoles unexplained wealth. Punish and remove from office those who are proven guilty….

  • Juan DLC

    As of the moment, the nbi is now prepping to file cases against lawmakers involved in the scam. They think they have enough already for a solid case. In a few days, lalabas na ito. Eto na yung sinasabi ko, mapapahiya na naman kayong mga anti pnoy. Akusa kayo ng akusa na walang ginagawa si pnoy…well, technically, wala nga, he just made sure lang na gagawin ng agencies mga investigations asap without hindering them. It was the right thing to do because of the political complexity of the issue. Now let’s just pray na solid nga itong cases na ito.

  • jga94

    YES…plus the findings should be transparent….

  • oh_noh

    calling abnoy!!!

  • Earl Gates

    10,301 na as of 10:14 PM Dubai Time and they change it now to 15K target. The problem, their system seems a 1990s hardware technology. If only they realized they could easily get 100K signatures using a server technology or Yahoo or Google domain sa first day pa lang eh sana hindi ito naging kahalintulad ng ‘Justice delayed, justice denied’ at sana wag naman. Sayang ang pagpupuyat ko kagabi maka-join lang.

  • Christian Harvey

    10,000 signatured has been reached~!

  • kilabot

    why not include abolition of pork in the petition?
    i’ll go now and put my thumbmark.

  • Fred Garcia

    Why don’t we all go to Napoles house and drag her to the streets like an animal! She is a devil dress like a woman.

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