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Capiz Clergy, Lay Protest: Scrap pork!

By Jose Arsenio Quinzon

 

ROXAS CITY—Even the bad weather and slight drizzle yesterday afternoon, September 11, did nothing to stop the horde of picketing Capizeños against the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or generically known Pork Barrel.

 

Headed by the priests of the Archdiocese of Capiz, Over 5, 000 people, majority were nuns, seminarians, students and lay faithful, gather yesterday in Roxas City Bandstand for a mass after a parade from different mission stations and chapels around the city.

 

In his homily, Rev. Fr. Ronnie Bañas called Pork Barrel as “a terrorism act” of the politicians because it causes hunger and poverty among the impoverished majority of the population.

 

“Integrity must be back in the government,” Bañas said, “officials must be honorable and must live honorably.”

 

According to Msgr. Vicente Hilata, Archdiocese of Capiz Vicar General, yesterday’s event was successful and well attended by the people. He said the prayer rally was in line with the call of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and the EDSA Tayo movement in Manila.

 

“We are happy that this event happened, and this really is the sentiments of Capiz,” he said.

 

They also protested against the Reproductive Health Law (RH Law). “The church will never be quiet against RH Law in defense of family and life,” he said.

 

Members of the Western Visayas Ecumenical Council, Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches and United Church of Christ in the Philippines also attended the event.

 

Hilata said that as long as the government does not abolish PDAF, “there will still be other protests” in the upcoming days.

 

He added that the church will monitor the developments in the investigation of the PDAF scam and Janet Lim-Napoles and will remain vigilant in these issues.

 

“This is the call of the people; I hope [the officials] will have the listening hearts,” he said.

 

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