Pork scam won't lead to unrest like in Thailand - Palace

Posted at 05/25/14 2:38 PM

MANILA - Malacanang is confident the pork barrel scam will not lead to political unrest in the country unlike what is happening in Thailand.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the country’s political institutions remain strong despite the public furor over the plunder of government’s coffers in the pork barrel scam.

“I believe we have strong democratic institutions. Our people will also not allow such kind of disturbance,” he said.

Thailand’s military junta continues to enforce its grip over the country in the wake of protests over the last few weeks.

It has disbanded the nation’s Senate and placed all law-making authorities in the hands of the army chief.

The Philippines hopes Thailand authorities will remain committed to respecting democratic principles.

In a separate statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “As a friend and fellow ASEAN member, the Philippines hopes the Thai people will be able to resolve this latest political challenge peacefully through dialogue and in the spirit of national harmony.”

The department said it also hopes “present authorities will honor their commitment to respect democratic principles and human rights at all times and will restore civilian authority.”