Joint Press Release
11 September 2013
Progressive groups: Jail ‘em all!
PROGRESSIVE organizations Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Sanlakas and the Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML) today joined thousands of Filipinos angered by the unfolding 10 billion peso pork barrel scam involving Janet Lim-Napoles and several senators and congressmen.
The progressives demanded to imprison all those implicated in the testimonies of the whistleblowers and the special audit report of the Commission on Audit and those who continue to defend the graft-riddled pork barrel system.
The BMP believes that the entire current political system is rotten to the very core. Every Senator and Congressman who connived with officials of the Executive branch to siphon peoples’ funds in order to fatten their bank accounts are guilty of systematic plunder and of perpetrating the TRAPO system that engenders patronage politics, political dynasties, and influence peddling in policy and legislation for partisan interests.
“It is TRAPO politics in turn that has allowed the continued and unmitigated plunder of the coffers of the Filipino people while the large majority of the toiling masses have been kept in poverty and misery. Enough with TRAPO politics! We must carry forward the momentum of the people’s protests and actions towards a system overhaul,” said BMP Chairperson Leody de Guzman.
“The implication of certain officials in the Departments of Agriculture, Budget and Management and other implementing agencies such as the National Agribusiness Corporation under the Executive branch shows that this system has bred an organized mafia that conspired to rob hardworking Filipinos of a decent life. They must all languish in prison,” de Guzman added.
Justice delayed is justice denied
“Now, that Janet Lim-Napoles is detained and awaiting trial for her various civil and criminal cases, may the wheels of justice turn swiftly but grind exceedingly fine for every centavo siphoned to her bank accounts,” said Anthony Barnedo, regional Secretary-General of KPML National Capital Region and Rizal chapter.
Barnedo was also quick to add that, “Though it is also lamentable that exactly two weeks today since her supposed surrender to President Aquino, the Department of Justice and the Philippine National Police has not filed a single case out of the more than 10 billion peso pork barrel scam”.
The progressive organizations vowed to continue to escalate protest actions that will embolden the masses to join together with the emerging mass movement until the entire pork barrel system is abolished and all the plunderers are in prison.###