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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Regine Velasquez on PDAF: “Sana nga, matanggal na yung pork barrel.”




Just like her husband Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez’s constant prayer is, “mas matagal na pagsasama-sama ng pamilya.”
At the birthday party of the songwriter last night, August 27, in Wil’s Events Place, the Songbird said, “Pareho kaming family-oriented, so siyempre iba na yung panahon ngayon, our parents are getting old.
“So our wish, both of us, every time we pray… we always pray that God would lengthen pa their lives para we’ll have more time together, they’ll have more time to share with me, yung mga ganun ba.”
She did not elaborate on the health condition of her dad, but on Twitter and Instagram, she posted: “Prayer for Mang Gerry.”
PORK BARREL ISSUE.  Regine turned a bit chattier when the press brought up the current national concern: Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), otherwise known as the pork barrel.
“Nakakatuwa naman na tayong lahat ay… parang we’re waking up for the longest time na parang nakatulog tayo…”
She saw the people’s vigilance as a “good sign,” and partly gave credit to PNoy’s governance.
The Kapuso star resumed, "Maybe this government is also allowing us to also wake up.
“Kasi, the other times na iba yung government, we were not allowed so we just stayed parang sleeping beauty lang tayo.
“But now that we are given this opportunity, we’re given this chance, samantalahin natin.”
According to Regine, among the questions that need to be addressed: “Sino bang may gusto ng korapsiyon? Saan nga ba talaga napupunta yung pork?”
And echoing the sentiments of most taxpayers: “Sana nga, matanggal na yung pork.”
The 10-billion-peso scam involving Janet Napoles plus a number of lawmakers and government employees is a clear indication that anomalies, she said, “start from there.”
But she underscored, “We have to understand that this—itong pamamahala na ganito, it’s been there for a long time.
“We cannot just take it out.
“First of all, it’s a law, so kailangan silang gumawa ng another law to eliminate it, right? Am I right? That’s how I understood it. That’s how I see it.
“Kasi siyempre, ipapasa pa yun, ganyan-ganyan, pagdedebatehan pa iyan, matagal, mahabang proseso.”
And while waiting for the silver lining to surface, Regine wants to continue paying her taxes even if “gusto kong magreklamo.”
Quoting some lines from Matthew, chapter 22, verses 15-22, she said, “Nakasaad naman sa Bible na, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,’ parang gano’n. ‘Give to God what is God’s,’ parang gano’n, something like that…
“Di ba parang ganun yung nasa Bible? So ibig sabihin, kahit sa Bible, nakasaad na sabi ni God, magbabayad ka talaga ng tax.
“Kung anong gagawin ng government dun, e, good luck na lang diyan.”
EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Aside from abolishing the pork barrel, Regine stresses the importance of voting wisely.
She remarked, “Kung sino yung iboboto nating next, very critical yun.
“Kailangan, hangga’t sa akin kasi, feeling ko, hindi mawawala ang korapsiyon hangga’t si Juan dela Cruz, hindi nare-realize yung worth ng kanyang boto.
“Kasi, binibenta mo for 1,500 yung boto mo, hindi mo nare-realize kung ano yung repercussion no’n.”
And like a beauty pageant candidate, Regine ended her statement with, “That’s just my point of view.”
The reporters smiled, she also smiled… with her eyes still looking sad.
photo and article by PEP/ Karen Pagsolingan

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