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Holdaf, Nacaw, Badaf? Netizens rename PDAF

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MANILA, Philippines—If the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF is to be renamed, what would it be?

Holistic Lawmaking for Development of All Filipinos (HOLDAF), former journalist Carlos Conde, who uses the Twitter handle @carloshconde, said.

“National Account for Countrywide Administrative Welfare” or NACAW, suggested Twitter user @SamYunono.

Why not NAPOLES, after Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged Mother of the Pork Barrel.

Netizen @corazonangeles said NAPOLES stands for “National Assistance Program of Lawmakers Engaged in Service (NAPOLES).

Or BADAF – meaning Benigno Aquino Development Assistance Program? A text message that circulated Friday soon after President Aquino said he favored the abolition of the PDAF.

Whether in t-shirts, posters, memes, Filipinos are preparing for Monday’s “Million People March” with creativity and humor.

“Makibaka, wag magbaboy!” has become a battlecry of some sorts by groups who are demanding the abolition of the ‘pork barrel,’ the more popular term for the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

The anti-pork slogan is actually a throwback to the ‘Makibaka, Hwag Matakot!’ slogan of the student activists  who battled President Ferdinand Marcos and the military in the late 60s and early 70s.

While the passion remains as fervid, technology and social media have added a new flavor to the protest.

In fact, the One Million One group has even started its own “selfie protest campaign” by encouraging netizens to come up with their own personal protest photos to be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

One million people are expected to join Monday’s protest at Luneta, a protest picnic initiated by Facebook users who were incensed by the report of the Commission on Audit that 90 percent of the PDAF are actually pocketed by senators, congressmen and their allies through a network of bogus nongovernment organizations.

Simultaneous protests will also be held in the following areas:

  • Cebu – Fuente
  • Cagayan de Oro – Gaston Park, 2 p.m.
  • Davao – Rizal Park, 9 a.m.
  • Iloilo City – Museo Iloilo or Plaza Libertad
  • Dagupan – City Plaza
  • Baguio – People’s Park (Malcolm Square)

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Tags: Napoles , pork barrel , pork barrel scam

  • Joey Sanchez

    San Tongressman at Senatong ang di yumaman? Anyone? Lahat nanaging lawmaker naging yumaman. Pano napuno ang bulsa galing PDAF!

  • Cue_Vas

    Development of Rural or Barrio Organizations (DoRoBO)
    Matulungan ang Non Govermental Organization ng Umunlad Probinsya Inc. Team

    (MaNGOngUPit)

  • Stun Black

    ..Illegal Funds Acquired In Legislation (IFAIL)

  • Boypickup555

    PDAF means Pera Daling Agawin sa Filipino

    • Bentot

      Saktong – sakto pre. 2 thumbs up !!!

    • batangpaslit

      galing ah..

  • maria

    We the taxpayers – the educated voters should do our part in educating our less educated countrymen come election time. Let us start from our sphere of influence – our household help, their families in the provinces, or adopt a town or province to educate the masses on how to vote wisely and elect only deserving people. Then and only then will we elect statesmen and not the BABOYS who are now in government.

    • batangpaslit

      anyone who had been Congressman or Senator for more than six years should no longer be elected to power

      • popeyee

        yan dapat ang tama, hindi yong pabalik-balik, ayaw iwanan ang babuyan..

      • batangpaslit

        how to implement it is, however, tricky.
        the power hungry would simply “pass on” the candidacy to the wife, or to the son, or to the grandchild and the original chap could run again.
        look at the Dimaporo’s in Mindanao. from the lolo to anak, to apo, to pamangkin, to pinsan, to bayaw, to bilas, to asawa they have a stranglehold of their locale.
        for sixty years no political kingpin is known in their area except their names. truthfully, however, the provinces and the towns they ruled never improved.

  • maria

    In our province alone (E. Samar) our past and present congressmen have enriched themselves – their families and followers obviously from PDAF. Why not broaden the scope of the audit to cover the years before 2007 and after 2009 (Pinoy’s presidency)? I know this is a gargantuan task for COA but if we are to prosecute one then everyone who dipped their fingers on the pie should be included.

    • batangpaslit

      yes, Samar, the third largest island in the Philippines, so rich in natural and mineral resources; yet, so poor, except those who occupied the seats of power

  • juan de la cruz

    total civil disobedience. no tax payment. ofw to hold remittances (don’t use banking system). no buying of non essential goods. drivers, honk your horn on this day, 26 august.
    totally abolish pdaf, senate and congress. these 3 have done nothing good for the filipino masses.
    on provinces, rally against your governor & mayors, they are corrupt!
    now is the time for real changes!
    name & shame the corrupt! fight against corruption!
    expose your corrupt boss!!!

    • Oscuro

      I agree with not paying taxes. That will force the hand of government.

      • batangpaslit

        tatlo na tayo nian…

    • batangpaslit

      I concur
      withhold tax payment.
      ofw remittance….hanap ng paraan na ‘di mahirapan ang miyembro ng pamilya

  • calipso_2100

    Ang mga mamamayan ay nikikibaka. Ang mga politiko ay nakikibaboy.

    • batangpaslit

      patriotic slogan…I like it



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