Two powerful pictures about the Philippines are circulating all over the internet - a contrasting reflection of what the Philippines is currently experiencing right now.
The aftermath of the heavy rains that poured all over Luzon the past weeks have caused massive flooding and damages to properties and lives. But a picture of a boy carrying his dog showed the Filipino spirit standing ground amidst all the hardships and disasters.
Meanwhile, the second picture presented the dark side of the Philippines which was boldly published as a cover page for the latest issue of BizNewsAsia magazine with the title “The Philippines’ Biggest Criminal Syndicate” The cover picture alone speaks volumes about allegations over some members of the senate and congress who were involved in the Pork Barrel scam amounting to billions of pesos of Philippine funds lost to bogus contracts and corruption.
Although unrelated, the latter could very much explain why the first picture happened in the first place – funds that should have been spent to prevent disasters like that from happening lost to the pockets of a few rotten eggs disguised as public servants. But the first picture also explains why the people mentioned in the second picture should clean up their act soon.
The Filipino people will not let their filth stink anymore! NO MORE!
September 11 is another landmark date for Filipinos as they gather once again in protest and in prayer as they urge the government to Abolish the Pork Barrel.
Why abolish PORK? Well, the reason wasn’t actually clear to me not until last week when I heard a local congressman being interviewed and explaining why he is in favor of retaining the pork barrel. When asked about his priority projects for the Pork Barrel, he said:
- Libreng Libing (Free Burial Assistance)
- Construction of Basketball Courts
- Construction of School Auditoriums
Valid projects? YES. But as a priority? NO! Those projects are only good at getting him more votes for the next election and some kickbacks for the construction projects. Those projects are short-term vision-less projects that will never ever produce any results that will significantly help the people in his district. We are indeed electing a lot of opportunistic IDIOTS in office!
So why support the September 11 protest? WHY NOT?