Editorial: The pork barrel scam

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

IT'S starting. Social media is awash with people voicing out their disgust about the PDAF scandal involving Napoles. The “Million People March” will be happening in a few days, to show that the people are united in their hatred over the misuse of the public funds taken from their taxes, which was pulled from their hard-earned salaries.

A page on Facebook called Anonymous Inc. posted several details about the Napoles clan, including addresses, allies, contact numbers and possible whereabouts. Whether through satire or facts, the people are in a frenzy over Napoles.

The question now, however, is for how long?


Ever since we exited the Marcos era, advocacies have been struggling to take hold. Nowadays it is so difficult to organize a large movement that challenges the status quo and calls out the government to make a change. If there is a boom in membership, however, it is only a momentary spike and soon enough the core members of the organization are again the only people who can be seen standing up for what they believe.

Especially nowadays in the information age, where human interaction is slowly being diminished through the use of social media, and people like to think that they have already made a difference by clicking on a link and sharing it to their friends. 

With the amount of human interaction and attention span dwindling from the younger generation, movement leaders are even more challenged to immerse others in the truth that they wish to show others and make them realize that something's wrong.

Even with the use of social media where we thought that it would be easy to show people what society was suffering, we were wrong. We thought that people would see what was posted, read, take it to heart, research and spread the word. What really happens, however, is like, share, scroll, scroll, scroll.

Perhaps the problem is that people are content with just knowing about the issues, and many people like to think that just by knowing, without any further investigation or involvement, that through this they have done their part and have done enough. The mindset that one-time participation is as good as long-time involvement must be quashed.

August 26th's Million People March in Davao may stop at Rizal Park, but the movement against public fund misuse will march on.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 23, 2013.


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