Facebook protest sparks call for major Philippine rally

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One of the page made for Million People March to Luneta. Screengrab from Facebook.com

MANILA, Philippines – Anger in social media at the misuse of Philippine state funds has snowballed into calls for a rally expected to attract thousands, an organizer said Sunday.

Calls for a “Million People March” scheduled for Monday began circulating on Facebook and Twitter about two weeks ago after local press reports of a scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund.

The fund is money allocated for lawmakers to be used in development projects. Critics see it as funding “pork barrel” projects which have traditionally been a source of corruption.

At the center of the controversy is businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles who allegedly connived with legislators to siphon off some P10 billion from the fund.

“We demand transparency and accountability,” the organizers said in their online invitation on Facebook. “Abolish pork barrel.”

One of the organizers, Peachy Rallonza-Bretana, said the idea for the march originally circulated among her circle of friends but quickly caught on.

“There really is no group organizing this,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, adding it was “snowballing at great speed.”

As of Sunday afternoon, nearly 18,000 people had said they would join marches culminating in what the organizers said would be a peaceful “picnic get together” in Luneta Park.

Activists in other cities have said they would hold simultaneous marches in support of the Manila protest.

Various religious, professional, business and leftist organizations have also signified interest in joining the protest.

“We are aghast, disgusted and enraged at such a wanton display of shamelessness by those who we elected to serve and protect the people,” read a manifesto of support signed by some alumni of the elite Philippine Military Academy who are no longer on active duty.

“We cannot and we will not tolerate this anymore even those from among our own,” it said.

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  • joboni96

    nanadenggoy na naman tayo
    ng imperyalistang propaganda sa internet

    smokescreen ng imperyalistang u.s.
    ang pdaf brouhaha at rally na ito

    habang tagong abala sa recolonization ng bansa natin
    sa camp aguinaldo kakontsaba ang collaborator del rosario at gasmin

    galit na galit ang mga tweeters sa p10 bilyong nakaw ni intsik switik lim
    mas magalit kayo sa pagbebenta ng bayan natin sa camp aguinaldo

    ipapahamak na naman tayo
    sa mga gerrang nagpapayaman sa imperyalista

    mga kolonisadong utak, tulad ng mga bata ni pied piper
    na propaganda ng twitter at facebook ng imperyalista

    gising na at
    pumunta sa camp aguinaldo

    bahala na si pnoy sa pagbitin kay janet lim at cohorts

  • porksilog

    I call upon you to join me wish upon a dying star that all these greedy “Evils” of our Government shall vanish from the face of this earth at this very instance. The pain We endure shall be felt, our weary calls shall be heard, raise your tired callous hands to the sky.. that this wish may be heard across the farthest reaches of the universe.. Evils Senator and Congressmen Vanish! Dissappear! Evaporate! Melt! Dissolve! Pass completely from existence and never to be seen again to the absolute infinity!

    • boymanok

      i second the motion….after so many years of abuse from these corrupt officials elected by no less than the filipino people, let us unite coz this is our time and its about time…huwag tayong bibitiw at huwag nating tantanan kahit magkagulo na!…ang sarap ng buhay ng mga h@yup na politiko pero ang marami sa ating kababayan patuloy na naghihirap

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    The Napoles Story: So the entire Philippines will know

    By Alfredo Masigan

    Janet Lim Napoles has strong ties before with the late Emilia Boncodin, DBM Secretary. Emilia is the one that keep Janet in the loop whenever a budget or SARO is approved and to which senator or congressman.

    Gringo Honasan is a dear friend of Janet’s husband, Jimmy Napoles. I was surprised when I read somewhere online when Honasan was interviewed and he said that he doesn’t know the Napoles family.

    During the coup in Cory’s time, Jimmy Napoles was driving a tank on the way to Camp Crame when his tank was hit by a mortar. Jimmy was operating the .50 caliber machine gun and the soldier driving the tank died during the blast. Jimmy survived and was jailed along with Honasan. If you can get clear photos of Jimmy Napoles online, you will see that part of his face and his arms show burn marks.

    Their wealth started to build up during the late 90’s when they engaged themselves with mayors based in Zamboanga to use them as a front for a Foundation that will implement projects or deliver farm materials. With connections at COA, they were able to arrange completed projects without delivering anything. They established JLN group of companies sometime in 2000 and they moved to their new office from AFPOVAI to Discovery Suites on the 25th floor.

    Soon enough, they were able to develop deep connections with more legislators in Congress and numerous senators. What JLN Group Of Companies do and their sub-companie, Jo-Chris Trading (named after their eldest child, Jo-Christine “Neneng” Napoles) – they use their foundations as the implementing agency for the funds of congressmen or senators. You see, congressmen and senators have budget, PDAF or the pork barrel , but these politicians do not have direct access to their funds and they can never touch it. So what they do is the politicians will create a project (common one is fertilizer distribution to farmers) and will ask DBM to set the budget. Then, there will be a public bidding to be held by DAR. The outcome of the bidding is already fixed and it’s Napoles foundation wins. The fund or SARO will be released through Janet’s foundation and the congressmen/senators will ask 70% of the whole amount. So if the project is P10 million, Janet will give 70% of that. Usually Janet’s nephew, John Francisco Lim is the courier of the money, they will meet at Podium or at a parking lot. The money are stored in plastic bags or paper bags.

    So, whatever is left from the budget, 30% goes to Janet. They usually cash-in the check they get from DBM at Landbank in Greenhills and the manager there is part of Janet’s payroll. Janet also need to pay the inspectors from COA and whoever is involved in DAR.

    This is their workflow. This is what they do for more than a decade. This is how the senators and congressmen make money. This is why theses politicians have so much and working class Filipinos almost have nothing. This is not only Janet’s fault. The greediness of the senators and congressmen are the driving point that keeps this system operating. It is also amazing that if Janet’s family and her company goes into trial, the people who will try them judges, senators, congressmen, are also part of this. I fear for the life of Benhur and Merlina as whistleblowers. Soon enough they will die. The people of the Philippines should protect them. NBI or the witness protection program cannot do anything about it. Because they are keeping the whistleblowers alive for their own use only. Once Janet gives payments to the NBI and once Revilla, Honasan, Arroyo, Pichay, Ducut, Pineda, Lim, Estrada, Soto, Lapid, and almost all the congressmen who were in post for the past decade, step in – there’s nothing Benhur or Merlina can do. They are as good as dead by now.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Taxpayer Money..

    Senator Enrile gives out public money to senators

    Enrile gave a whopping bonus of 1.6 million pesos each to 18 senators last Christmas. It is interesting to note that rather than hand over unused funds back to the treasury, Enrile saw it fit to distribute the so-called “savings” to Senate employees as a personal gift. According to the same report, even drivers and security personnel in the senate got bonuses ranging from 50,000.00 to 120,000.00 pesos.

    • Oscuro

      Kaya nga maraming makakapagsabi na napakabait ni apo lakay.

      • ztefertilizerscam10

        Pera ng taong bayan sinusuhol niya…

      • Oscuro

        patriarchal politics.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    JEJOMAR BINAY AND FAMILY CORRUPTION AND SCANDAL

    1.Unexplained wealth 400 hectares Binay FARM-Rosario
    Batangas

    2. Unexplained wealth 40 hectares Binay FARM-Bauan Batangas

    3. Unexplained wealth 10 hectares Mango Orchard

    4.Two condominium units Rockwell worth 30 million not on his
    SALN

    5.Three story Mansion with Elevator in Banuyo Street,San
    Antonio Village and not on his SALN

    6.House and lot Orbit st.Bel -Air Village and not on his
    SALN

    7.House and Lot in Palm Village,Guadalope Viejo and not on
    his SALN

    8.Rest House in Tali Beach,Batangas

    9.Rest House in Puerto Azul,Cavite

    10.Rest House in Tagaytay,Highlands

    11.Rest House in Alfonso Cavite

    12.Rest House in Zambales

    13.Rest House in Pangasinan

    14.More houses in Paranaque, Pasig, Mandaluyong and
    Muntinglupa

    15.600 Ghost Employee authorized by corrupt wife,Dra Elenita
    Binay and Amigas worth 3 million a
    month

    16. Binay wife linked to Php72.06-M graft

    A FORMER whistleblower in high-profile graft corruption
    controversies turned-head of government’s financial watchdog yesterday linked
    the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, an incumbent and several former
    Makati City officials to alleged deception in the public bidding for a Php72.06
    million supply contract awarded by the city government in 2001.

    17. Sandiganbayan graft case

    Elenita Binay’s (and private businessmen Li Yee Shing, Jason
    Li and Vivian M. Edurise, and Ernesto Aspillaga’s) arraignment for graft
    charges was set by the Sandiganbayan’s 4th Division on January 18, 2008. Binay
    was charged of alleged anomalous purchase of office fixtures and furniture for
    the new Makati City Hall from private contractor Office Gallery International
    from December 1999 to February 2000, regarding the acquisitions worth P 13.25
    million overpriced by P3.6 million.

    18.Bogus charity
    Project-40 Million (sister cityhood )

    19. Bogus charity
    Project-27 Million calamity fund to other Provinces

    20. Bogus charity
    Project-22 Million Lakbay Aral Package

    21. . Bogus charity
    Project-20 Million Ambulance to other Cities

    22. 230 Million Infomercial in TV 2009-Present.He used the Makati Foundation
    Day Funds

    23. 15 Million -Komiks for Vice President Campaign

    24.More illegal canteen Businesses in Makati(UM,CITY HALL)

    25 Security Services Company contract to the city Hall own
    by the Son in Law(Triforce security
    Agency)

    26. Maintenance Services another son in Law(Red Hammer
    construction and Services)

    27. Binay mistress’ photos surface the internet

    28. Binay Family PDAF(Pork barrel) P550
    Million a year…

  • Sarah Doi Long

    kelangan marami pumunta bukas kundi pagtatawanan lang kayo ng mga buwaya

    • Imeldita

      Let’s bring our whole family.

      • Oscuro

        don’t bring kids.

  • Ulipur

    Source: ABS-CBN News

    Mar has P1.9-B pork barrel in 2014 budget – UNA

    MANILA — The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) questioned
    the supposed P1.9-billion insertions in the proposed General
    Appropriations Act of 2014 for projects beyond the jurisdiction of the
    Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

    In a statement, UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco said: “I believe
    this is the first time that the DILG has appointed itself as the
    champion for climate change, potable water and mass housing. Perfect na
    ba ang situation ng peace and order sa ating bansa na dapat bigyan si
    SuperMAR at kunin ang budget at trabaho na mandato ng ibang ahensya?”

    He said the P1.9 billion is a “speck” in the P20-billion national
    budget earmarked through the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) programs of
    Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

    He said Roxas’ pork barrel includes the P76 million appropriation
    supposedly earmarked for “climate change adaptation”; P573 million for
    “potable water supply” for waterless municipalities and barangays; and
    P1.25 billion for housing intended for informal settlers in Metro
    Manila.

    He said these are activities already under the control of other
    agencies. “Why would we give extra appropriation to DILG on budgetary
    support for housing, water system and climate change when there are
    already budgetary support to key government agencies already handling
    these concerns? Climate change at pabahay ba ang core competence ng
    DILG?” asked Tiangco.

    He believes that the DILG budget is part of the campaign buildup for Roxas for 2016.

    In Malacanang, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte defended the items under the DILG’s proposed budget.

    “Nakikitang itemized po ‘yung lahat ng pupuntahan and that
    transparency can readily be seen,” she said, adding that the DILG is the
    lead in the resettlement of informal settlers.

    “Hindi lang naman po basta i-resettle sila at i-relocate sila…syempre
    kailangan din naman po ‘yung mga attendant facilities na hindi lang ho
    basta bahay ‘yung itatayo as a relocation area. Syempre, kailangan din
    naman ho maging liveable ‘yung mga areas kung saan po sila
    ire-resettle,” Valte explained.

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