- Posted September 11, 2013 by
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
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The Anti-Pork Barrel Protests in the Philippines as an Ongoing Peaceful Revolution Against Graft and Corruption
After the "One Million People March" last Aug. 26, the anti-pork barrel movement in the Philippines has become stronger in recent days. The demand that the pork-barrel system be abolished completely had become the battle-cry of the movement. The anti-pork barrel movement in the Philippines is likewise demanding the quick passage of the Freedom of Information Bill. The said bill would make sure that the government will be open to public scrutiny and that those who had committed graft and corruption will be penalized. The anti-pork barrel movement in the Philippines has become a peaceful revolution that will curtail graft and corruption and, certainly, would go after those who had committed graft and corruption.
The anti-pork barrel movement in the Philippines wants to see that the taxes being paid by the people will really go to worthy projects. The participants of recent protest-actions against the pork barrel also want to see those congressmen and senators who got involved in the pork barrel scam to get penalized if proven guilty. The anti-pork barrel movement has become a revolution not for regime change, but for corrupt government officials to get prosecuted and penalized for crimes. The anti-pork barrel movement in the Philippines will certainly change the concept of governance.
The anti-pork barrel system in the Philippines wants all public officials to recognize the reality that the sovereign will of the people is supreme in a democracy. The movement has reminded elected government officials to be transparent and be penalized if proven guilty of a crime. In a democracy, real power comes from the people. The people are the ones who elect public officials, hence the people are the real bosses of the elected public officials. The people have the authority to demand transparency and, also, to press on investigations against certain public officials who got involved in scandals and allegations of graft. Why? It is because the people are the real bosses of all elected public officials.
The ongoing anti-pork barrel protests in the Philippines both in the streets and in the social media had sparked a public outcry against graft and corruption. The protests can now be collectively termed as an 'ongoing peaceful revolution' that will curtail graft and corruption in the Philippines and, at the same time, give way to systematic changes in the country that will ensure transparency in governance. Such revolution may continue up to the first quarter of next year. But such a revolution will certainly not demand a change of leadership or the resignation of a chief executive.
The protests against the pork-barrel system in the Philippines is similar to the then protest-actions against graft and corruption held in India last year. But the protesters against the pork barrel in the Philippines are definitely serious in their desire to scrap the said system and want the Freedom of Information Bill be certified as law this year. In other words, the anti-pork barrel activists want to abolish a dirty system and would like to see all government officials in the country to be truly transparent. The activists also want all government officials in the country to be held accountable for whatever scandal or corruption they may get involved in. The ongoing peaceful revolution against graft and corruption in the Philippines may spread to other parts of the world. Such kind of a revolution will certainly strengthen democracy all over the world. Such peaceful revolution will fortify all the democratic institutions in the Philippines.