Million People March responds to ex-CJ Puno
MANILA - Scrap Pork Network, the organizers of the Million People March, has answered the call of Chief Justice Renato Puno for a People’s Initiative to abolish the pork barrel system.
“The #ScrapPork Network welcomes all initiatives to scrap pork and we look forward to an opportunity to discuss this People’s Initiative with former CJ Puno,” they said.
A meeting has been set for tomorrow.
Puno urged the convenors of the Million People March on Tuesday to convene a People’s Congress and “exercise for the first time the reserve power given to the sovereign people in 1989 by Republic Act 6735."
He said the power to enact laws is not exclusive to Congress but can be exercised directly by people anchored on the doctrine that "the people are the sovereign people."
"The people should unsheathe and use this power to make laws whenever their elected representatives default in the performance of their sacred duty to enact laws to promote the general interest, or worse, whenever they betray the public trust," Puno said.
The Scrap Pork Network said they are for pro-active programs meant to eradicate corruption.
They also reiterated plans for a citizen’s audit “that will allow ordinary citizens to actively participate in monitoring, assessing, evaluating and reporting on the different government programs and projects in their communities.”