(FDC Statement at the conclusion of the Global Week of Action against Illegitimate Debts and IFIs , October 8-15, 2013)


Amid the firestorm of protests and controversy over the pork barrel,  a far bigger and serious violation of transparency and accountability in public finance   has drawn little public attention and scrutiny.  This is about  Philippine public debts.

 

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Manila, Philippines —The Freedom from Debt Coalition said that Manila Water’s challenge to the recent decision by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to slash water rates for both concessionaires shows the fundamental infirmities of the concession agreement which the government signed in 1997.

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Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s much-awaited privilege speech before the Senate yesterday only exposed more filth in the way Congress disposes of public money and the impunity with which our topmost government officials exercised state power at the expense of public trust.

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Since the “Million People March“ on National Heroes Day, August 26, 2013, more and much more filth at the top of Philippine officialdom have been uncovered from the gigantic pork scams, going down in our history as among the worst stories of national thievery and betrayal.  The pork scams have also renewed and invigorated a patriotic and civic spirit nationwide to involve in political governance, drawing in informed and expert discussions not only on pork but on the entire system of public finance and the development direction of the country.

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Kulang at hungkag ang sinabi ni Pangulong Aquino na buwagin na daw ang kinamumuhiang Priority Development Assistance Fund o PDAF sa harap ng matinding galit ng taumbayan sa pagpapasasa ng iilan sa “pork barrel”.

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