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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Abolish the Pork Barrel! Abolish PDAF!

“It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. ~James Monroe

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To Filipinos with "Cold War" mentalities out there . . . To Filipinos who still live in their fantasy world and are still blinded by "Cold War" politics. Gising! Wake up!

The march in Luneta on August 26, 2013 is not some kind of plot to destabilize the government nor it’s an elite-motivated people power. It’s a peaceful non-partisan rally asking for the government and the political elites to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or more commonly known as "Pork Barrel."

If you're one of those idiots who are still blinded by the very same yellow ribbon that has been choking the Filipino people to poverty and starvation, this is not about your bandwagon president. The idiot doesn't even want to abolish it. He wanted to overhaul not abolish one of the roots of political corruption in the country.

To the idiots who think that the rally is some kind of communist plot, you're wrong. This is not about the commies nor its about the yellowtards. . . This is more than about political partisanship or alignment . . . this is about the country . . . Political division amongst the people are one of the main reasons why all this time the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer. All these nonsense about what group or what political party are leading the protest are distracting everyone away from the real issue or what the rally is all about. The lord of all pork barrels (Noynoy Aquino), the senators and the congressmen from different political parties (Liberal, Nacionalista or whatever) must face the music this time around. No longer a slap in the hand or a freakin' push-up . . . Abolish the pork barrel and take responsibility for all the money they pocketed through the pork barrel system. It’s the taxpayers' money and they're pocketing it. Just recently, international watchdog Political and Economic Risk Consultancy rated the Philippines as the "Most Corrupt Country in Asia" and here's why:
Expatriate businessmen in Asia perceive the Philippines as the most corrupt country in the region. Nearly $2 billion dollars, or roughly 13 percent of the Philippines' annual budget, is lost to corruption in the country each year, according to the United Nations Development Program.

Its judicial system is believed to be ineffective at prosecuting and punishing individuals for corruption when abuses are uncovered. Local corruption monitors confirm that graft and bribery in the Philippines remain rampant. Corruption has penetrated every level of government, from the Bureau of Customs down to the traffic police officers who pull over motorists to demand bribes.

People say that they might as well go to work and don't bother that way they can help the country's economy. That is pure bullshit! How can you contribute to the country's economy if the taxes you paid to the government are being pocketed by incompetent politicians.

Banat kayo ng banat diyan hindi niyo naman alam na sariling bayan niyo ay binababoy ng mga politiko na walang pakialam sa taong bayan... GISING!!!



Don't even think that we should go after Napoles first . . . she is just a small fish in a barrel and when captured she would be easy to fry. Let's go after the Porsche driver by the Pasig River, the senators and the congressmen first. They are the bigger fishes and once they face the music, the House of Pork will crumble.

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From BlogWatch.ph:
#MillionPeopleMarch #ScrapPork on August 26 - What to bring & other suggestions/ideas

Date: 26 August 2013 (National Heroes Day)
Time: 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Philippine Standard Time)
Venue: Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, Philippines
Alternate Venues: check social media for alternative venues around the country and world

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR:

☞ Comfortable clothing and footwear (rubber shoes or slippers)
☞ Extra shirt / face towel
☞ Cap / raincoat /umbrella
☞ Sunblock / insect repellant
☞ Drinking water, snacks/food; pack extra to share with friends and/or donate to volunteers and marshals (please use reusable water bottles)
☞ Garbage bags
☞ Banig/mats, chairs, pillows
☞ Portable radios and/or televisions
☞ Friends and your conviction
☞ Commitment to be the change you want to see


WHAT TO DO IF YOU DECIDE TO GO:

☞ Go in a group; bring officemates, schoolmates, barkada, like-minded friends and family
☞ Bring music, entertainment, karaoke
☞ Conduct small teach-ins/discussion groups
☞ Visit other groups at the picnic, talk with them, exchange (friendly) views and make new friends and
connections
☞ Sign the petitions at the change.org table near the video wall
☞ Bring food and water to share
☞ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ScrapPork – let’s trend worldwide on 26
August
Reminders:
☞ There is no central organizer, it’s a citizen’s gathering; all are welcome
☞ This is a peaceful gathering, so always be respectful of others and let’s cover each others backs
☞ All picnic goers are expected to clean up after themselves, so please bring garbage bags
☞ Look after your valuables
☞ Rizal Park, including the Burnham Greens (grassy area of the main gathering), is a NO SMOKING
AREA; drinking of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited
☞ If you are bringing young children, you may consider putting a label on their wrist with contact
information in case they stray away from you
☞ Look after your own group and make sure we maintain proper decorum and discipline
☞ Let’s show the world that we can all gather in a peaceful, harmonious, cooperative and caring way.


WHAT TO DO IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE FROM HOME:

☞ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ScrapPork – let’s trend worldwide on 26 August
☞ Monitor media and do call ins, text and/or tweet to share your sentiments on the pork barrel scam; if you tweet, Facebook or Instagram, remember to use the hashtag #ScrapPork
☞ Text or call friends at the picnic with any important or breaking news
☞ Have a protest party in your house, church, or meeting hall and invite friends to monitor the event
on television
☞ Join the Unified Action at 10am, 11am, 12nn and 1pm by having a noise barrage in your area
WATCH OUT FOR AGENT PROVOCATEUR


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Key Cities and Municipalities

There will be no politics, slogans, banners, rallies, nor speeches. Peaceful presence is meant to express a collective outrage against corruption, particularly the recent allegations regarding the misuse of PDAF funds ("pork barrel")

Please wear White (White signifies: non-partisan, unity, purity.)

LUZON:
Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, MANILA | 9 AM
Rose Garden, Burnham Park, BAGUIO CITY | 12 NN
1st Rizal Monument, DAET, CAMARINES NORTE | 9 AM
Plaza Rizal, NAGA CITY | 9 AM
City Plaza, DAGUPAN CITY | 9 AM
Puerto Princesa Baywalk, PALAWAN | 8 AM
Calapan City Plaza, CALAPAN CITY | 9 AM
Patio of Ermita de San Jacinto, TUGUEGARAO CITY | 8 AM
Aurora Park, LAOAG CITY | 4 PM

VISAYAS:
Museo Ilo-ilo/Plaza Libertad, ILOILO CITY | 9 AM
Fuente Osmeña to Plaza Independencia, CEBU CITY | 7:30 AM
Provincial Capitol Lagoon, BACOLOD CITY | 9 AM
Plaza Rizal, TAGBILARAN CITY | 9 AM
Rizal Boulevard, DUMAGUETE CITY | 9 AM
RTR Plaza, TACLOBAN CITY | 9 AM
Naval Gym, NAVAL BILIRAN | 7 AM

MINDANAO:
Rizal Park, DAVAO CITY | 9 AM
Rizal Park, DIGOS CITY | 9 AM
Kiosko Kagawasan, Divisoria, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY | 2-5 PM
Rizal Park, GENERAL SANTOS CITY | 9 AM
City Rotunda, TACURONG CITY | 9 AM
WMSU Normal Road to Plaza Pershing, ZAMBOANGA CITY | 8 AM
Guingona Park, BUTUAN CITY | 9 AM
Post Office, ILIGAN CITY | 2 PM - 5 PM
Plaza Luz, PAGADIAN CITY | 9 AM

NGO's:
Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
Seaman Society

USA:
Philippine Consulate, 556 Fifth Avenue, NEW YORK CITY | 3:30 PM local time
WASHINGTON DC
HONOLULU, HAWAII
SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

CANADA:
August 25 11:00am Slocan Park, VANCOUVER
MONTREAL

EUROPE:
August 25 at 10:30am in UTC+02Chiesa S. Prudenziana, ROME, ITALY

In front of the Philippine Embassy, Suffolk St. LONDON, ENGLAND | August 26 at 11:00 am in UTC+01

August 25 at 10am Complex Magic Str. Drumul Taberei Nr. 115 Sector 6, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

ASIA:
August 25 at 12:00pm Chater Road Central, HONGKONG

ORGANIZATIONS:
--Couples for Christ (All Chapters)
--De La Salle University (All Campuses)
--St. Scholastica's College
--Davao Association of Catholic Schools
--University of the Philippines-Dilliman
--Green Team Pilipinas (All Chapters)
--University of Santo Tomas
--Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP)
--KLIK- Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines,
--Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
--Colegio de San Juan de Letran
--Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (All Chapters)
--Polytechnic University of the Philippines
--University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication
--Ang Kapatiran Party
--Saint Vincent School of Theology
--Adamson University


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