'EDSA Tayo' organizer hits Binay for 'pa-impress' move
MANILA – Junep Ocampo, one of the organizers of “EDSA Tayo,” said he was not impressed with Vice President Jejomar Binay’s announcement that he is giving up his P200 million social services fund following public outcry over the alleged pork barrel scam.
“Tingin namin siya ang nagpapa-impress,” Ocampo told ANC’s “Top Story” on Wednesday.
Binay on Wednesday said he will ask Congress to remove his social services fund in the 2014 national budget, but noted that removing the funds will affect projects such as scholarships, free medical assistance and construction of buildings for senior citizens.
But Ocampo said it is not the role of the Vice President to allocate these funds in the first place.
“Hindi naman siguro ‘yun ang trabaho ng vice president. Kung titignan natin sa Constitution kung ano ang trabaho ng vice president, hindi naman siguro ‘yung magbigay ng scholarship at tumulong sa matatanda. Mayroon sigurong departamento sa gobyerno ang dapat gumawa nun,” he said.
An anti-pork barrel protest was also held Wednesday at the EDSA Shrine. Ocampo said close to 5,000 people attended the rally, disputing reports that only a thousand were present.
“Hindi yata accurate ‘yung [1,000]. Madami kasing dumating noong umaga na umaalis din, parang alis-dating ang mga tao,” he said.
Ocampo said the rally was successful in terms of spreading awareness on the pork barrel and how it can be misused by lawmakers.
“Tingin ko mas malakas ngayon [ang clamor]. Mas marami ng nakakaalam. Kapag tinanong mo ang tao sa kalsada, alam na nila kung ano ang pork barrel, mas aware na sila. So palagay ko nagbubunga ang mga aksyon na ganito, katulad ng sa Luneta,” he said.