People assemblage against PDAF has made us “bosses”

 

Aerial view of the "Million People March" at Luneta

Aerial view of the “Million People March” at Luneta

Finally it is becoming a reality.

Remember when Benigno Aquino III was sworn in as the country’s 15th President in 2010 and made that famous and endearing speech, proclaiming “Kayo ang boss ko (You are my boss)?”

Aquino was not trying to create an empty slogan or was playing with words to make us feel good. In fact, he was serious then and has continued chanting this slogan in every SONA that he has made for, indeed, it is written in Article II, Section 1 of the 1987 Constitution that “….Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.”

All along we have taken this particular proclamation very lightly, if not, nonchalantly, for we know very well how politicians take us for a ride. We always feel puny and inferior against their being mighty and wealthy in their lofty position.

We had been disadvantaged and we know that. They, their ilk and their cohorts can always be seen getting richer, and the poor amongst us, getting poorer. Even in times when the economy has been perceived to be turning for the better, the poor, the marginalized sector of our society, have been complaining that not a trickle of the country’s affluence has gone their way.

But, not any more, and for a reason.

Divine Providence has made it happen that someone comes out from nowhere, either with guilt-laden conscience, gyp,  or getting revenge, and divulge (whistle-blows) the web of corruption being orchestrated and perpetrated by one, Janet Lim-Napoles, with some senators and congressmen as accomplices, using the taxpayer’s money amounting to a mind-boggling quantity.

The result has been described in the media as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam or commonly known as pork barrel scam, for these are huge amount of government money allotted to benefit the poor, but got channeled to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) and ultimately funneled to the bank accounts of Napoles and some alleged unscrupulous politicians.

This anomaly has caused much indignation and incensed the national psyche that the “Million People March” was called on Heroes Day, August 26, resulting to an assemblage of people from all walks of life rocking the boat of Aquino’s government urging the abolition of pork barrels of senators and congressmen and demanding the prosecution of those guilty.

With the latest report of the Commission on Audit (COA) saying and showing the magnitude of the scam to the people, the more that we feel and realize that, indeed, when we unite and have strength in our voices, that we are the “boss” that President Aquino has been talking about all along and now Aquino and his administration is listening.

We have sent our message loud and clear and government is responding.

Let us remain the “bosses” we have been proclaimed to be, but let us always be one in our desire to have competent and honest servant leaders who could give us also an adequate and efficient governance.

We can only do this if we remain united, vigilant, discriminating and responsible – as “bosses”.

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