The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), one of the convening organizations of Youth Act Now!, supports the impeachment of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III on the grounds of culpable violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust brought about by the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and demands persecution of those involved in the pork barrel scam.
As an alliance of patriotic and democratic tertiary student publications, the Guild strongly condemns Pres. Aquino, together with Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and their improper use of public funds for political and personal gains amidst the severe poverty and chronic economic crisis experienced by the Filipino people.
The Supreme Court affirms the assertion of progressive youth groups that Pres. Aquino is liable in the pork barrel issue. By declaring DAP unconstitutional, the high court confirmed that Pres. Aquino is undeniably the Pork Barrel King.
Since its implementation in 2011, Pres. Aquino’s DAP totaled to a staggering sum of P142.23 billion from 2011 to 2012 alone. As Pres. Aquino’s reward, DAP funds were given to projects chosen by senators who voted for the impeachment of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. It is clear that DAP was used for Pres. Aquino’s political and personal interests.
It is high time for the campus press and the youth to act and further the exposition of the rotten political system controlled by landlords and big compradors. It is agitating that while Filipinos continue to suffer from the lack of state funding for basic social services, government officials steal from the public coffers to fatten their pockets. The multi-billion-peso DAP would have been used to provide additional funding for our education sector which suffered from budget cuts, as well as other basic social services.
CEGP calls on the Filipino youth to engage in the issue of corruption and demand justice for the toiling masses and the people. The youth must join hands with the other sectors of the society to continue the people’s struggle for genuine social change and for a clean and honest government which shall serve the democratic interests of its citizenry.###