Pinoys in Barcelona join uproar against pork barrel
BARCELONA, Spain - The Sunday afternoon Filipino mass in Barcelona turned into calls to abolish pork barrel and fight rampant corruption in the Philippines.
The Parroquia de Inmaculada Concepción y San Lorenzo Ruiz, popularly known as Iglesia de San Agustín, was packed with hundreds of Barcelona-based Filipinos who had worn white shirt with black ribbon to show their solidarity with the worldwide protest and the Million People March in Luneta.
The Filipino Parish along with Centro Filipino also came up with the theme: “Mahal natin ang ating bayan. Korupsyon ay labanan. Kapakanan ng Sambayanan ay ating ipaglaban.”
Fr. Tony Laureta stressed during his Homily that Filipinos have the responsibility to be vigilant and united.
“Dito sa Barcelona, dama ang kalungkutan. Ito ay malaking dagok, malaking kalungkutan para sa amin kaya kami nanawagan, nakikiisa kami sa sambayanang Pilipino na tutulan na at kung pwede lang, i-abolish na ang pork barrel," Fr. Laureta said.
He added "Kung ito lang naman ay magiging daan ng korupsyon at katiwalian, di bale na‘t wala. Mas mabuti pang ipakita ang pagmamahal lalo na sa mga nangangailangan, sa mga kababayang gutom, na higit na dapat damayan".
Some of the Filipino youth who offered a song number during the event also expressed their sentiments over the corruption scandals that beset the country.
Poverty, lack of job opportunities and inadequate social services brought about by misuse or outright stealing from public coffers have forced millions of Filipinos to seek better conditions abroad.