The Redemptorists and the Pork Barrel Scam

by Fr. Emy Maningo, C.Ss.R.

In front of our church in Cebu we have this banner, “REDEMPTORIST CHURCH SAYS NO TO ALL FORMS OF PORK BARREL.” We are part of the archdiocesan campaign led by Archbishop Palma himself, together with 50 organizations representing all sectors of society, rich and poor.  After the big inter-faith prayer rally last 29 September 2013, the following are the tentative plans of the Coordinating Committee, of which I am a member.

Phase One:

The rallies are venues for the sovereign people to express their anger and dissolution with the pork barrel scam.  They are also venues to disseminate information and clarify issues. Before “rally fatigue” sets in, we believe that the time is now ripe for all of us to slide into Phase Two.

Phase Two:

This is the phase when we work hard to get the 10% of the voting population to be part of the PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE. This is guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution as a legal redress by the Sovereign People if their elected servants are no longer serving the interest of the people. These are some of the baby steps that we might take.

Ask our judges, lawyers, economists, and other competent individuals and organizations to write a WORKING PAPER for our WORKSHOP on October 5 and 6, 2013. This working paper will ORDER a deletion of all laws on Pork Barrel in the three branches of government. The second part of this paper will craft an ALTERNATIVE LEGISLATION, the purpose of which is to reclaim management of public funds.

We share our PROPOSED TEXT for signing by the PEOPLE’S INITIATVE. This will be discussed further with our national allies through a VIDEO CONFERENCE; perhaps, a national summit.

Once a NATIONAL DRAFT is approved, we go through an EDUCATION and SIGNING CAMPAIGN regarding the Proposed People’s Initiative. We go to parishes, schools, organizations, the cities, the towns, the barangays, the mountains and plains – wherever there are REGISTERED VOTERS who will be encouraged to sign the PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE.

When the proposed PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE gets going in our “area of responsibility” as Redemptorist Missionaries, may we all be actively involved. Our Mother of Perpetual Help and St. Alphonsus, pray for us.

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