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Scrapping the (Pork) Barrel

On Monday, Filipinos are urged to troop to Luneta Park to urge the scrapping of the Priority Development Assistance  Fund better known as PDAF or pork barrel.

Even our OFW's are joining the call for protest as they organize themselves in various countries around the world.

What started out as a simple event call in Facebook drew an overwhelming response from citizens who are fed up and outraged by this issue.

People have now been calling this, e-People Power.  And as fun loving pinoys that we are, various tech savvy individuals have lent their creative spirits in making this controversy creative, if not entertaining.

The Evolution of a Politician

One of my favorite would be from Pugad Baboy titled "No Pork Diet" as seen on this link.

On a surprising note, PNOY announced this Friday that he will be abolishing PDAF in a speech aired live nationwide.

It took tremendous balls on the part of the President to make this call. This is a gutsy decision that would probably not earn him points with our lawmakers.

But sadly, this only aims at renaming it and controlling its distribution.

Unfortunately, PNOY's boss were not impressed as the move was seen as a last ditch effort to calm the raging tempers of these would be protesters.

I guess Filipino's are more discerning now of the timing and motives for PNOY's decision.

And they also had a fun time suggesting new names for the "newly abolished PDAF" such as:

National Account for Countrywide Administrative Welfare or NACAW for short.  Or we can call it Holistic Lawmaking for Development of All Filipinos or HOLDAF.

I can't decide which name is more apt with the fund's purpose.

Read more here.

Interestingly, Manila Mayor Erap Estrada has announced that he would allow Monday's "Million People March" even with no permit.

Let us all now bow our heads in gratitude to our very generous Mayor.

Thank you so much Mayor for allowing us to exercise our rights to air our sentiments.  On that note, why don't you, as a responsible law abiding and tax paying citizen join us to rally against your son and his (or your) cohorts?

Wear white Mr. Mayor and see you there.

Sources: ,, twitter


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