Group eyes massive June 12 rally vs pork barrel

By Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2014 12:40 PM | Updated as of Jun 03 2014 08:43 PM

MANILA - Civil society groups, church people and militant groups are joining forces on June 12, Independence Day, in a street protest against the pork barrel system.

In a press conference, the Scrap Pork Network urged the public to join the protest and voice out their anger about the theft of public funds.

One banner set up during the press conference read: "No to Aquino Cover-up, Lahat na Sangkot Dapat Managot."

The group said the Aquino administration must prosecute the people behind the pork barrel scam and investigate those being linked to the scam, including allies of President Aquino.

Satirist Mae Paner, more commonly known as Juana Change, expressed her disappointment at the manner the Aquino administration is handling the issue of the pork barrel scam.

Paner said she is frustrated with the slow disposition of justice.

"Di naman kami bobo, di naman kami tanga," she said.

Dante Jimenez of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption did not mince words in expressing his disgust with the pork barrel scam. "Paramdam natin sa hayop na yan na hindi na gusto ng taong-bayan ang nangyayari," he said.

Vic Pengson, the network's lead convenor, said he cannot blame Aquino for the turnout of the pork barrel scam investigation. "Di po natin sisisihin si PNoy dahil wala namang laman ang ulo nito. There is nothing between his ears," he said.

Monet Silvestre of the Abolish Pork Coalition, however, does not agree that the President is entirely clueless in the scam.

"Kung meron man pong pwedeng state witness, si PNoy lang yun. At hindi po sya kasing tanga tulad ng iniiisip natin," said Silvestre.

He claimed he was able to talk with people who have videos related the scam. He said the videos would "raise people's blood pressure."