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Kabankalan bishop
slams pork fund, too

Kabankalan Bishop Patricio Buzon said he is denouncing the gross injustice committed by government officials and individuals who are involved in the recent Pork Barrel scandal, as well as in past ones.

“We demand that the government spare no effort in bringing the guilty to justice and just retribution,” Buzon said in a statement furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday by Fr. Jose Rembert Rivera of La Castellana.

In his statement, Buzon said, “We support the move to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund and to explore alternative ways of administering government fund that are more transparent, accountable and effective so that it may reach and benefit our people, particularly the poor. For too long, we have seen how the PDAF has been a source of corruption, fodder for political patronage and guarantee for political dynasties.”

“But while we denounce the guilty in the scandal,” Buzon said “We also strike our own breasts and seek atonement and conversion.”

“While we continue to pursue justice and work for better governance, we also strive to live our life in honesty and integrity, worthy of our dignity as men and women created in the divine image and as children of God,” Buzon said.*

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