Okay, so everyone’s going crazy over Janet Lim Napoles‘ “Napolist“, which is basically a list of people from the highest echelons of our government who are allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam. The problem though, as we see it, is that our obsession with the Napolist appears to be absolutely pointless. In this article, we’re giving you four reasons why.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably well aware of the growing sentiment among the general populace to Congress’ misuse (to put it mildly) of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, colloquially called the pork barrel, which basically resulted in billions (BILLIONS!) of taxpayers’ money going to private pockets. Janet Lim-Napoles, a “businesswoman” engaged in the “business” of transferring public money to her own bank account, along with a lot of congressmen and senators, has become the public face of this scandal, and kickstarted the growing public outrage.
Enter the Million People March, a social media initiative that aims to let the government know that we have had enough, and that we are tired of corrupt politicians dipping their hands into money that they do not own, and which should have been used to propel national progress and alleviate the plight of our poorer countrymen. It has been likened to the Arab Spring, and rightly so, because the event aims to remind the President of the Republic that, as he always says, “tayo ang boss”.
And this time, his “bosses” are telling him to scrap the pork barrel and admit that it is a failed experiment at decentralizing government expenditure of public funds. This article aims to provide a list of reasons (we came up with five) why the pork barrel should be scrapped, and why you should support the Million People March in any way you can.
Because we’re tired of hearing people say that they’ve become apathetic to the plight of Filipinos, we’ve listed down 72 ways everyone can help to make the Philippines a better place to live in. Hopefully, this little exercise on guilt-tripping can shake off a little bit of that apathy.