The U.S. Pinoys for Good Government Marianas Chapter will be holding a town hall meeting and a peaceful rally against the pork barrel scam in the Philippines on Sept. 21, from 11am to 12:30pm at the Filcom Pavilion near the Sabalu Market in Susupe.
USP4GG is inviting all concerned and well-meaning people to attend the town hall meeting and peaceful rally.
Dr. Celia Lamkin, USP4GG Marianas Chapter chairperson for the CNMI and Guam, explains that Sept. 21 is the anniversary of a dark day in Philippine history:
“It was on this day in 1972 that martial law was declared in the Philippines by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. We are holding the rallies worldwide on this day to remind Filipinos to be ever vigilant in the continuous effort to keep government clean. Otherwise, another dark figure might again take advantage of the situation, lie to the people by picturing himself as their savior, and declare himself dictator for life.”
USP4GG spokesperson Attorney Ted Laguatan stated: “In these rallies, we are urging President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to exercise strong moral leadership. He should have these unconscionable thieves disguised as public servants immediately arrested and prosecuted.”
He said the Filipino people fully support Aquino in the difficult endeavor of ridding the country of this terrible culture of institutional corruption.
“Throwing these wealthy and power politician thieves in jail sends a very strong message to government officials that corruption will no longer be tolerated.”
The local chapter of the USP4GG will be holding the event the same day the USP4GG chapter in the Philippines will be holding a public indignation and prayer rally called “Cry for Justice” at the Luneta Park, Manila in the Philippines.
Last Aug. 26, during the Million March at Luneta Park against the pork barrel scam, the USP4GG, through Liza Soriano, USP4GG Secretariat, led the said march’s planning in securing the permit for the Luneta Park and providing marshals for the protection and security of the marchers and the surrounding environment at the event site.
Vonz Santos, USP4GG member from New Jersey, organized and provided free concert through its Filipinos Unite (FU) group of young artists for the march organizers and marchers during the said event.
A well-documented series of articles in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country’s largest newspaper, detailed how some prominent senators, congressmen, and appointed officials in the Philippines have systematically been stealing huge amounts of public funds over the years.
Janet Lim Napoles designed the scheme by establishing bogus non-government organizations supposedly providing various goods and services. The mind-boggling number of officials involved regularly channeled their so-called pork barrel funds to these straw organizations for supposed projects beneficial to the public.
No such projects actually exist, Napoles would funnel back around 70 percent of the funds to the official and keep 30 percent, a part of which she spreads to other minor agency officials who facilitate the release of funds.
One popular movie star senator is reported by the Commission on Audit to have diverted around $30 million to bogus non-government organizations. (Saipan Tribune)