OFWs stage 'Black Friday' protest

Thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their families held a “Black Friday’’ rally at the Welcome Rotonda on Friday.

Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson, said the pork barrel scam has “evolved into a more complex web of lies, deceit and exploitation of the Filipino people with no less than President Aquino and his allies at its helm.”

“Mag-iisang taon na mula nang pumutok ang pork barrel scam pero hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin naa-abolish ang pork barrel [It has been nearly a year since the pork barrel scam was uncovered but up to now pork barrel has not been abolished],’’ Martinez said.

Martinez said that the pork barrel is still in the 2014 budget.

Martinez said that it became clear why Aquino refused to abolish the pork barrel after several Napolist appeared

“Mismong ang mga pinakamalalapit niyang kaalyado sa gobyerno ang tunay na utak ng pork barrel scam [The president’s allies are the perpetrators of the pork barrel scam] and his government is now employing everything to do a cover-up,” Martinez said.

He also slammed the Aquino government’s “selective prosecution” of political foes, while protecting cabinet members like Budget Secretary Butch Abad and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

Martinez said that OFWs are also calling for an independent body to conduct an urgent investigation of those involved in the pork barrel scam.

“To ensure that there will be no cover-up, an independent investigating body should not be dominated by government appointees, especially since big administration allies like Abad and Alcala have also been included in the list,” Martinez added.

The group has also called on all OFWs and their families to participate in the June 12 anti-pork protests. (Chito A. Chavez)