EXCLUSIVE: Palma, Cebu anti-pork coalition to hold national consultation on people’s initiative

On November 8-9 at the Cebu Archbishop’s Palace
posted on: Sunday, November 3, 2013

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Cebu City – Never one to sit down and wait for things to happen, Cebuanos lead the fight to have the Pork Barrel abolished.

The Cebu Coalition Against the Pork Barrel System together with Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will hold a two-day national consultation on the People’s Initiative on Nov. 8-9 at the Cebu Archbishop’s Palace.

Archbishop Palma is the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) while the Cebu coalition is composed of all Cebu-based civil society groups and formations that espoused an anti-pork barrel position.

The People’s Initiative was first drafted during a workshop at the Cebu Archbishop’s Palace last October 5.

The Coalition then held a press conference on October 9 to launch the People’s Initiative to the public.

As of today, November 3, tenminutes.ph learned that the final draft is ready for release.

The People’s Initiative have been discussed by the Coalition as early as after the September 29 rally at the Plaza Independencia, Cebu City when Archbishop Palma asked them what was to happen next.

Archbishop Palma himself had urged the Cebuanos to attend the September 29 rally via a .

The Archbishop, who will host the consultation, had personally signed the invitations that were sent out to the different civil society groups and movements active against the pork barrel system.

Anti-pork movements in Metro Manila were also invited as well as leaders of key Catholic lay groups with networks in all parishes in the country and representatives of major inter-faith groups.

Although the church-based Archdiocesan Discernment Group headed by Msgr. Rommel Kintanar is a key member, inter-faith groups have also been active in the coalition’s activities.

Sent along with Archbishop Palma’s invitations were letters by the coalition and related documents.

Not all have been invited, however, as the coalition has decided that only those who agrees with the unity statement adopted by the Cebu-based group last September 2013 will be given invites.

Cebu Coalition Against the Pork Barrel System unity statement

Also, those invited are key persons of major groups who will be instrumental in the conduct of a national signature-signing campaign and a referendum.

However, Emmanuel Mongaya of the invitations and media committees in an exclusive interview with tenminutes.ph said the coalition refrained from issuing formal statements to the mainstream media regarding the consultation at this delicate stage of the preparations.

He declined from further comments saying he is not the official coalition spokesperson.

Although, this latest action of the coalition have been done quietly, the upcoming national consultation have been discussed in the social network site Facebook via the page of the “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay” which is represented in the coalition.