16 August 2013
Several campus journalists and youth groups from colleges and universities in Manila ‘blew whistles’ in Taft Ave., Manila as protest against corruption and to abolish the pork barrel system that they deem as the source of corruption in the government.
“With Janet Lim-Napoles on the loose, we cannot deny that corruption is still happening under the Aquino regime,” said Marc Lino Abila, National Secretary General of the College Editors of the Philippines, the oldest and broadest alliance of tertiary student publications.
“Even worse, in the proposed 2014 national budget, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) allocated P25.24 billion for the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and P139.9 billion for unprogrammed funds or the ‘Presidential pork barrel’ directly under the control of Malacañang,” Abila explained.
“The government keeps on allocating large amounts to PDAF and unprogrammed funds but continue to cut the budgets of state universities and colleges and other social services, abandoning its responsibility to the Filipino people,” Abila continued.
“As one of the main convenors of the Youth Act Now alliance, CEGP strongly demands for accountability of legislators and bogus NGOs that used taxpayers’ money for personal and political gain and to abolish the pork barrel system which has been proven to be a source of corruption,” Abila said.
“On behalf of the Youth Act Now alliance, we are calling all students and youth to stand up against corruption, to abolish the pork barrel system, and put into law those legislators and NGOs who are accountable,” ended Abila.