The hypocrisy of indignation

Tomorrow, a million people will supposedly troop to the streets, and into Luneta. This crowd is of mixed and divergent belief regarding the abolition of pork. Some, in favor or its rehabilitation, and some its outright scrapping. Nevertheless it is a protest against the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF, and a call for the abolition of the pork barrel system. The call comes from the discovery of the people’s money diverted to non-government organizations used as dummy to steal the national treasury. It comes after the revelation of Janet Napoles— an individual whose company and persona, allegedly is the heart of the conspiracy. It comes after the revelation of a Commission on Audit report on where the people’s money has been spent. The anger is palpable. It is a nice, but misplaced sentiment.

In 2010, Benigno S. Aquino III was elected President on the premise of his anti-corruption campaign. He likened the nation into a house, now run down. His job was to fix it. So in day one, that was what he set out to do; to put the nation’s affairs into the proper state, and right the ship of state’s course. And President Aquino has enjoyed one of the longest running positive trust rating, at least in the Fifth Republic, thus far.

Throughout the early years of the Aquino Administration we’ve seen some of the changes. Perception, and minds being altered. It can be argued that it is slow, and grueling work. And that bureaucratic inertia exists and tugs against change. Quite recently, the Public has been privy to some of the more detailed work that the Administration has done. The Commission on Audit began their special audit work — in 2010— at the start of the President’s term. They started looking into 2007— and into the end of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term of office. The product is a volume of complex reporting with as much as detail as possible regarding anomalies. Big and small, the anomalies and the questionable transactions are there. The Commission on Audit spared neither the allies of President Aquino. Many Senators are on the list. Many members of the lower house are there.

The diversity of the crowd going to Luneta to vent, to express their anger, and frustration is not the gamechanger. The game changer was when the nation elected Aquino into office. The game changer was when the Commission on Audit conducted their audit, and subsequently published their report. The game changer was when President Benigno S. Aquino III went on television to announce the abolition of the PDAF system, and to replace it with a stricter, focused menu of pork. The game changer is government making public the list of where PDAF went to.

Think of the government providing information as the first step towards Freedom of Information. Think of this level of unprecedented transparency, as the first step towards Freedom of Information, and a clear indication of transparency and Open Government.

The data the government has provided the public is voluminous. Let us not kid ourselves that the data provide brings much color. It brings some color. In fact, it now becomes a challenge to civil society, of organizations such as ProPinoy, and journalists to look into these facts and figures and mine it for treasure. The onus is now on us, citizens. This is a taste of what Open Government is. It is a clear, and practical taste.

This treasure trove, the announcement of the President to abolish PDAF, and the working organs of government like the Commission on Audit I think, makes Monday’s protest less potent. Wasn’t the whole point of electing Aquino, president, this? What we’re experiencing, and discovering now? Wasn’t this why he became President in the first place? Wasn’t this the driving force of his entire presidency, including to this point? The need to uncover these secrets?

It surprised me that people rage… and what against exactly?

The President who, however imperfect the degree of change we think he has, and can accomplish, has walked his talk. This in spite of the detail like what the Commission on Audit for example revealed. Some of the difficulty in their audit were records aren’t there, or deliberately hidden.

Others are angry because this is the people’s money being spent incorrectly! Certainly, we have a right to be angry. As to what color, and to what degree? We can’t have a call to have every politician’s head chopped off, now, would we? Some are suggesting that every politician is dirty, and every PDAF money used was done for nefarious, and self-interest. That is unfair to the representatives in Congress or Senators who used their PDAF wisely. Correct?

Many of these groups that would meet in tomorrow’s rally for example have seats in Congress. A cursory look at their PDAF for example is that they used it for purposes no different from many of their colleagues in the Congress! Rafael Mariano of Anak Pawis, for example, used PHP 2 million pesos for 2 classrooms in Allacapan, Cagayan. The said fund was released Jan. 30, 2012. Allacapan might be familiar to you. It was the site of 8 elite cops killed, 7 others hurt by members of the New People’s Army. Total PDAF spent by Rafael Mariano for Anak Pawis in 2012 was 52,300,000. So far this year, Anak Pawis has spent PHP 20 million already. In 2011, PHP 26.780 million. The year before that in 2010, PHP 36,700,000, and in 2009, when President Gloria Arroyo was in office, they spent a total of 25.450 Million, mostly financial assistance to Local Government Units.

Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna, prior to losing in the 2013 election, spent PDAF monies. For example, PHP500,000 of the people’s money for scholarship program in Cebu. He spent 150,000 of the people’s money to fund “high value commercial crops” in Region IV. This was released on March 20, 2013. The total of Bayan Muna’s 2013 PDAF use so far tallied PHP 95,725,000 (they have three seats, in case you are wondering). In 2012, Bayan Muna spent 124,775,000 of the people’s money. The project range from building multi-purpose buildings, peace and order (purchase of a vehicle for barangay use), flood control, financial assistance, health and medicine supplies, etc.

This of course, isn’t to say that there is anything wrong, or anomalous about these figures or these projects. As I stated earlier, there isn’t much color in these figures to come to that conclusion. The figures the Department of Budget and Management have given out simply state who used how much and for what project. An audit by the Commission on Audit would help determine if there was any anomalous transaction. These figures are helpful first tentative step in figuring out the whole problem.

The whole point of putting these figures here is this: If we assume this fund was used appropriately, by at least these people calling for the government to scrap pork, why call it evil? Why call all pork evil, and all legislators, evil, when some, arguably these people think they used the money for “good”?

Jego Ragragio rightly put what has happened to the Million People March in the proper context. He’s right. The whole event has “veered off course,” and no matter how much people ramble that the President’s speech and directive to abolish PDAF didn’t snap the potency of the march, well, it has! What again is the whole point of holding a march against something that no longer existed or exist in its somewhat weakened and diluted state? The organizers choose to “shift goal posts”, Jego wrote, and hence you now have a diversity of issues and personas.

Jego is an ordinary citizen much like the rest of us. We want change. Here are the things that he wants:

That said, the following are the ideas I am representing when I go to Luneta:
1. I want transparency on the part of the people and agencies who will identify, process, and implement district projects. No matter the alternative proposed by Malacanang or by Congress, I want a means by which all of the steps may be scrutinized by anyone willing and interested. This means the passage of a Freedom of Information Law that restricts access only to information affecting civil rights and liberties, and places a strict burden on government to justify non-disclosure.

2. I want accountability. I want the full extent of the PDAF scams probed by all agencies with the power and authority to do so. If it takes an independent commission, then so be it. I want both houses of Congress to transparently investigate their past and current membership, and expel incumbents later charged and found guilty.

3. I want Congress to pass a law institutionalizing a lean, metrics-based, process-based, epal-free method by which district projects can be formulated and implemented with the cooperation and consultation of the affected LGus, then handed over to the involved LGUs for continuation, all without having to pass through the possibility of a Presidential line-item veto, to preserve the separation of powers.
How about you? Are you angry at the thievery? Are you pissed off that we’re having trouble making people accountable? Do you have your own thoughts about how we can replace PDAF and other lump-sum discretionary funds? Then please, join us at Luneta on August 26. This is your chance, don’t let others purport to speak for you. Because you have the right to get angry, the right to be pissed off.

Now here’s again the tricky part. I’m going to come out and say, I agree with the things Jego wants. There are other brilliant ideas of course like Senator Bam Aquino’s People’s Fund.

Then there is Nik de Ynchausti who wrote:

One that goes back to the whole premise of the rally. If you look at the things Jego wants the government to do, well, they already announced that they were going to do it. Here’s an info graphic from Manolo Quezon’s blog to explain the what happens after PDAF gets abolished (click image to expand):

After the Abolishment of PDAF

Many people are going to show their indignation. People are rightfully angry. If they weren’t, Noynoy Aquino wouldn’t have become president to begin with! And his popularity rating wouldn’t be as high. So for the longest time, we were all only guessing at how bad it was. Now we have real numbers, and real figures and the shock of the extent of it all, well, that’s why people are angry, aren’t they?

There is no doubt that the system has been abused. There is no doubt that there needs to be justice. Many of those serving as officials of the government, if proven, should be ousted. Monies need to be recovered. Change needs to happen.

If we can agree that there is room for some pork what are the mechanics of that change?

What happens when pork disappears? Who gets control of where the monies will be spent? How does this affect the various projects in districts that would help people directly?

Pork isn’t evil. As I cited above: it is being used by every legislator to advance some advocacy. Not every legislator is evil. To generalize would be irresponsible. Not every pork project is bad. Whether those funds are misused or not— that’s for investigation, prosecution, and recovery.

Tomorrow’s million man march will be the first such large scale protest attempted in the Aquino Administration. It already seems like a fiesta. The old militants are alive, and jubilant that finally, once more, they can take to the streets in an orgy of hate against whomever is in power. Little forgetting of course, that they too have a place in Congress and that in the many years they have been in power, have not advanced scrapping of the pork, and in fact used it for their own projects. The hypocrisy isn’t lost for ordinary people, unused to joining street protests. It seem like a tired way of doing things?

How do we solve the problem and fix the system so this doesn’t happen again, to begin with? Solving the problem so that when the next President comes, we have institutionalized the system that works for us. You know, that weirdo, old fashioned idea called, “We the Sovereign.” In PNoy speak, it goes: “Kayo ang boss ko”.

Oliver Reyes Tweeted this, and this view is shared by many of us:

If you haven’t read “The Abolition of Pork” by the Explainer, Manolo Quezon, now is the right time to do it. He points out that “you need a conspiracy to get away with all these scams”:

The President’s example about the two opportunities for mischief in reenacting a budget is, of course, different from the Napoles scam –but what they have in common, what both required, is something the President pointed out: you need a conspiracy to get away with all these scams. Normally, the Constitutional checks and balances –within Congress (between its two chambers), between the Legislative (Congress) and the Executive (the President, and the departments under him), and watchdog institutions such as COA and the Ombudsman– should work to make violating both the spirit and the letter of our laws difficult to escape. But if all conspire together, whether actively, or by turning a blind eye, or being timid, then you can get away with fiscal murder.

I won’t go into the grisly details of the Napoles scheme, but will only point out that it required not just willing accomplices but also a lot of other criminal activity, from forging documents (letters from LGUs) to creating dummy NGOs, etc. But the whole Napoles scam brings us to PDAF itself and we need to look at a little history.

As a citizen, the change that I want to happen the most is in us, actually. Here we have information to verify, or at least— the information to take the first, tentative steps to identifying the real culprits in stealing and to help advance our cause: the proper use of our hard earned monies. Are we wasting this opportunity given by an Open Government? For me, indignation is one thing. The anger? This mob mentality of “off with their heads”? That’s not helping. Are we thinking the next step after, or like Juan Tamad waiting for someone to solve the problem for us? Anger is the path to the dark side, and this is why the hypocrisy of indignation must stop, and why we must shift gears and solve the problem of how government spends our monies.

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • tolitsman ,

    Sorry but I find some statements made in “The hypocrisy of indignation” quite hilarious. The first step towards Freedom of Information is quite obvious.

    Let’s not beat around the bush. The first step towards Freedom of Information is the passage of the FOI Bill and the active support of THE PRESIDENT I HELPED VOTE INTO OFFICE for that bill.

    That active support is something he has yet to show. He displays a seeming apathy and less than enthusiastic position on the issue which of course was one of his election promises.

    He can start right now by certifying any proposed FOI bill in this present congress as urgent. Something he hasn’t done in the past.

    This whole Napoles – lawmaker pork scam could well be averted in the future with the passage of such a bill.

    Is he that afraid of congress?

    I disagree that the president has ” walked his talk ” as you say. He leaves much much to be desired. I voted for this president and I do want him to succeed. But in terms of transparency and accountability, I give him a failing grade.

    I voted for this president. Of course I want him to succeed. I would prefer that the supporters of former president GMA and the leftists were off limits to the rally.

    But guess what? They pay their taxes too.

    I pay my taxes ..and where does it go? Is there no accountability?
    Where are my taxes going? Don’t I even have a say?

    Or is it just shut up or else you go to jail. Never mind how we spend your tax money.

    I think not.

    The funny thing is ..many of the congressmen that were backing Gloria back then are now PNoy congressmen.

    Should we even be surprised?



    A little sensitivity on the part of PNoy please..
    I am willing to give him a chance to prove himself in the last remaining years of his presidency.

    Pass the d*mn FOI bill please!

    • Perry Ileto ,

      All the changes I’ve read are well and good. In fact, the guidelines of the old PDAF were okay too, if lawmakers were wholeheartedly going to use our money for the good of the country and ONLY for the good of the country. Sadly, that was not the case. If they really loved our country, they would have checked where the money went, or if those “projects” even existed in the first place. Wouldn’t you? But, that’s not what transpired behind closed doors. They ignored the guidelines and lined their pockets. Who’s to say they won’t do it again? As for the President’s PDAF, it’s a tool to “persuade” lawmakers to do what he wants. A true leader inspires loyalty even without monetary rewards. And I would also like to disagree with your statement “In 2010, Benigno S. Aquino III was elected President on the premise of his anti-corruption campaign”. That is absolute rubbish. He won because of the people’s sympathy due to the death of his mother. I didn’t even know he existed until after his mom died. THAT is how he became president. Hell would have frozen over first before that happened, had Cory died after the elections.

      • RSG ,

        Marching to Luneta was my way of showing that I was angry at how the money of the Filipino people was misused. I am relieved though that changes are being implemented to prevent that from happening in the future. Doesn’t change the fact that I’m still angry, and I want to show it. Para sigurong ex-boyfriend lang yan na nag-cheat sa iyo, tapos nag-sorry at nagsabi na magbabago na ang lahat two days bago yung set na araw na iiwan mo na sya… andun pa rin yung galit mo, so kailangan pa rin ipakita kahit two days na nakakalipas… Otherwise mababaliw ka. Hindi naman ako impokrita dahil lang nahihirapan akong alisin ang sakit at galit na nadarama ko…

        • Jhay ,

          For one, it is unfair to say that Luneta rally yesterday was a “mob” with a “mob mentality of ‘off with their heads” as you yourself recognized that it was a diverse gathering yesterday.

          2nd, I went around the grounds and it was really a diverse crowd. Discussion groups were everywhere and in them, people were not just venting out, they were discussing ideas on how to move forward. One of the most interesting discussion was at the group that formed around the Filipino Freethinkers’ Society. There was talk of lowering taxes which most agreed with since PDAF would be abolished. Others said the funds should just be given to the LGUs to augment their budget. A hybrid version of the idea was to let the LGUs have a more active role in the budget hearings so that line item projects are more accurate and readily verifiable. And there were many others.

          3rd, I agree that the gathering had become moot in a way because PNoy pre-empted the whole point when he announced Friday the ‘abolition of PDAF’ but what’s to stop them from pushing with it? Who are we to say that it should have been cancelled since PNoy has finally did what we want? One of the consensus in the crowd yesterday was it wasn’t the end of it, it was just the beginning. And this is crucial because people at Luneta yesterday knew that there was much work to be done after the gathering. And that’s what must not be wasted, that unlike EDSA 2 wherein everyone returned to their own lives after deposing Estrada, people had a stronger sense of keeping the momentum moving. To follow through with yesterday’s gathering. And that has been the consolation for me, personally because I had my own reservations with the gathering yesterday but still joined in to show solidarity for my many friends who were joining a protest for the very first time in their lives.

          4th, regarding the militant party-lists’ use of PDAF, Teddy Casino has already answered these old allegations ( Do you have a reply?

          • xBuloyx ,

            The point of our call for pork abolishment is simply
            to remove it from lawmakers hands. I read clear
            and straight forward example which i couldnt have said better.
            Perhaps you can share to Rep Lani and learn from an ordinary citizen

            Quoted from Arning Gokgok
            “Paano kung merong lumapit sa akin na mahirap na nangangailangan
            ng tulong tungkol sa hospitalization?”
            Ang sasabihin ko ay wala akong pera na maibibigay sa inyo…
            ngunit dahil ako ay isang mambabatas,
            naiintindihan ko ang problema ng mga mahihirap tungkol
            sa pagpapagamot ng may sakit, kaya bilang isang mambabatas,
            ako ay mag-papanukala ng batas para sa Health Insurance ng buong Pilipino.
            Health insurance ang kailangan ng lahat…
            anong masasabi ninyo mga mahal kong kababayan….”

            In regards with the speech of Mr President last friday.
            Do you expect us ordinary citizen fully understand and heart-fully accept the
            proposed “new measures” and just cancel the “Peaceful picnic rally”
            that was planned two weeks ago? Calling it hypocrite is hypocritical and unfair
            Mind you, the rally is a reminder
            to the government that we are their boss and we wanted to be heard.
            We are fed up and we wanted to be assured. These so called new measures MUST be studied and find loopholes because we cannot afford to wait another 10 years and lose another 10 Billion, are you?

            • lex muga ,

              A hypocrite is someone who SAYS one thing and DOES another. Are they getting their pdaf for this present congress? Kung matuwid na daan kayo bakit takot kayo sa FOI? 3 taon na kayo dyan ….

              • tolitsman ,


              • Ric ,

                This leaves out the fact that PDAF grew significantly under the administration of Aquino. Under the Aquino administration, the CCT project grew 100% making more Filipinos dependent on government dole out. And yesterday, I can’t help but post this on my facebook – Budget Secretary Abad says and I am paraphrasing, paano na raw ang mga taong pumipila sa bahay ng mga mayor, governor at congressman na humihingi ng scholarship, gamot at panlibing. Kung walang PDAF wala na raw silang maibigay. I say, it is absolutely wrong to have that kind of system. People should stand up by their own two feet and stop asking stuffs from our politicians.

                The Aquino administration should stop finger pointing the previous administration. It is a futile exercise. Why would the COA stress that they are investigating PDAF abuses between 2007 and 2009? Why it is easy to railroad the arrest warrant against former President Gloria Arroyo yet the current administration is powerless in arresting a small fry like Janet Napoles?

                The fact is, Pnoy is all talk and couldn’t walk the talk. He promised to wipe out corruption and now knowing how enormous the problem is and knowing that many of his allies will be in the chopping board he instinctively cringe. And you sir, as a mouthpiece of this administration would balk the idea to chop off the heads of the politicians…but hey, if they are erring politicians, shouldn’t they face the full force of the law?

                • Desiree Muñoz ,

                  If the intellectuals who know better than the rest of us keep this dismissive attitude, then how do we (ordinary citizens) take our call and cause higher? Does the Filipino public need further scrutiny or do we need guidance and direction?

                  “The game changer was when President Benigno S. Aquino III went on television to announce the abolition of the PDAF system, and to replace it with a stricter, focused menu of pork. The game changer is government making public the list of where PDAF went to.”

                  Would he have done so without the heed and call of the Filipino people (that is reported to be most active in social media)? Would they have, the government agencies, made all these information public without the whistleblowers and anonymous (ordinary) citizens relentlessly sharing this whole Pork Barrel scam online? Ahhh, maybe logic betrays one to think that these agencies were part of the scandal considering this is a multi-billion-peso scam. Napoles could’ve definitely done it all by herself without the kapit in these government agencies that we now laude for being brave and transparent. Eeeek!

                  “Whether those funds are misused or not— that’s for investigation, prosecution, and recovery.”

                  Ahhhh. The ill-gotten Marcos wealth comes to mind, which took years and years to recover and even then, have we really recovered all, if not, most of it? Hmmm I see Bongbong Marcos on the list of senators who gave a part of his PDAF to Napoles. Now that is unbelievable! How about the Corona trial turned national joke? Ah the list is long and we all know it.

                  I am all for optimism but the premise is very unsettling.

                  • cocoy ,

                    The point of the opinion piece is in the last paragraph.

                    • Desiree Muñoz ,

                      Well, thanks for proving my point once again.

                  • andrew lim ,


                    If it would interest you or your readers, I have posted an essay on Joe America’s blog, Society of Honor: “Does Catholicism Make Us More Tolerant of Corruption?”

                    I have tried to analyze this festering problem of corruption from a faith/sociological/philiosophical based perspective. I theorize that certain concepts in the faith contribute to a high tolerance for corruption and allows it to be pervasive.

                    It is paradoxical that a country known for its fervent display of religious fervor would have a tremendous problem with corrupt behaviour, right?

                    • Emmanuel Doy Santos ,

                      Cocoy, if this was any other program, such as the School Feeding Program or Rice Importation Program, and an impact study revealed that 75 per cent of the funds audited were dubious and probably not addressing the need (as in the case with COA’s audit of PDAF), then it would be scrapped, totally, no doubt about it.

                      I mean the justification for CCT was that it led to less waste and corruption compared to these other programs, and they were wasting money on administrative overheads and corruption at a rate much lower than the rate at which PDAF is being squandered.

                      The indignation that the president showed against PDAF was also not commensurate to the outrage he expressed against PAGCOR for procuring all those cups of coffee, and yet that was only P1 billion(?). The dubious funds under PDAF is several times that figure. It could be considered a little hypocritical for the administration to go soft on this practice when it goes hard against similar failures of a much smaller magnitude.

                      I do agree with your point that the expose of the PDAF scam would not have been possible under a different president, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the changes announced on Friday would even come close to being sufficient to address the problem.

                      • cocoy ,

                        Fair point. To be honest I am skeptical about the proposed changes. It is for me a watered down version of PDAF.

                        • GabbyBD ,

                          what else should the admin do?

                          • cocoy ,

                            So you’re saying Doy that the President needed to go the extra mile?

                          • thomasmmm ,

                            Let’s again reflect on the people we elected. PGH patients are beneficiaries of Pork which provides them medicine and medical facilities. To deem pork as evil is subjective. To startmobilizing against bureaucratic inertia is the objective.

                            • cocoy ,


                              • aris ,

                                unfortunately not enough money from pork is getting there. which in my opinion is the issue. we should make sure that none is filtered and every filipino gets the treatment they need.

                              • BongV ,

                                It’s useless… Government is the problem… more government is not the solution.
                                Inter-agency graft council is useless.

                                To eliminate graft – don’t let government get its hands on the money

                                1 – Reduce Taxes – allows individual taxpayers to make their own choices in health care, education, utilities,

                                2 – Liberalize the economy so people have jobs – and decide their needs for themselves – not a faceless useless tax wasting bureaucrat

                                3 – Repeal regulations that intervene in markets – eliminate protectionist regulations, eliminate subsidies

                                4 – Downsize government – government’s only role is to protect private property, ensure peaceful resolution of conflicts within the justice system, protect the national territory – it has no business to be operating schools or hospitals – learn from Singapore which has minimal gov spending in health care but has superior health care outcomes due to massive PRIVATE sector providers

                                For short, the less people depend on government – and learn to think for themselves, choose for themselves – the better.

                                Eliminate the pork barrel or any similar mechanism – enough with the plunder of productive people. Enough with the tyranny of taxation.

                                • cocoy ,

                                  BongV, can’t believe am agreeing with you on reducing taxes, but I am. On your second point, I also agree. On paper we have a liberalized economy, though in practice, it isn’t quite as liberal. One can only look at the Telecom industry, as one of many examples.

                                  • imjinah ,

                                    It’s barely near “liberalized”. We have a draconian ultranationalistic policy that has eaten our very own country alive, left in mangles for so many decades.

                                    I strongly agree with BongV. We cannot tread the path of a big government that entails taxation to risky and poorly-monitored utilization. We need to reduce economic regulations and instead empower institutions and civil groups through stronger checks and balances.

                                    Liberalizing the economy and at the same time reducing government hold on several welfare duties it has long failed to fulfill will bolster real economic development and propel the citizens to self-sufficiency. We cannot afford a cradle-to-grave kind of governance that encourages people to become dependent on someone else.

                                  • aris ,

                                    shift to a parliamentary system. i agree with you man!

                                  • Enrico Soliven ,

                                    Proofread, you are posting an article not a comment. It’s a treasure trove not throve, and 26,470 million is 26.47 billion. I know you really mean 26.47 million but use a decimal point instead of a comma. Minor grammatical errors and typos detract from an otherwise well thought out article, misguided though it may be. It makes it look haphazard and amateurish. In short, not worth reading. I couldn’t look past the poor writing to see what your point is. So i ended up skimming it to see the tweet and graphic inserts.

                                    • Angelita Coronel ,

                                      How about using the Welga Ng Bayan as a big classroom to teach the people how to value their votes and not be swayed by scheming politicians to vote for them? Make the one million people swear to do this and spread the vow to their families, friends and neighbors until all will vow to set aside their old ways and go with the Daang Matuwid!!!

                                      • yvonne ,

                                        • Yvonne ,

                                          • Faith Salazar ,

                                            Hmm this is assuming that people who are going there want to kill everyone in power. As for myself, I’m going to Luneta tomorrow to show these “legisla-thieves” that they have these people, even though we won’t make it to million, to be held accountable to — and that’s important for me as a Filipino. I am angry but it doesn’t mean that I am blind to solutions. I’d rather go there angry, than be indifferent, because my anger would count for something.

                                            • cocoy ,

                                              There are people like you who go there because they want to express their outrage. There have been many who in my twitter timeline for example that it is blanket hate. “off-with-their-heads” style.

                                              • aris ,

                                                i say off with their heads. in my opinion they have forfeited their rights as soon as they decided to use their PDAF the wrong way.

                                                • UPnnGrd ,

                                                  Thank goodness that President Noynoy thru deLima will see to it that these legis-la-THIEVES will have charges thrown at them. That is guaranteed to happen… everyone believes GAMECHANGER time, right?

                                                  I’m keeping it simple here —– not “jail-time” I’m talking about…. just for Malakanyang via deLima to publicly name the legisla-THIEVES and charges filed against them.

                                                  Malalapit na rin ang Pasko… who would bet that Malakanyang will be talking about “government bonus” and other issues when December 1/2013 arrives?

                                            • andrew lim ,

                                              Brilliantly argued. I commented pretty much the same thing on Inquirer’s comments section on an article about this Quezon bishop ranting against Pnoy.

                                              The workable solutions have not materialized yet from these people.

                                              Surprise, I got 25 likes to 3 dislikes on that post as I type this. There are plenty of reasonable people on this issue, I think. Only extreme leftists and extreme Catholics are going headless on this one.

                                              • cocoy ,


                                                Thank you.