[Commuter group to join ‘Million March to Luneta’] P-Noy’s pork enough to build MRT line from Manila to Mindanao – RILES Network

25 Aug

Commuter group Riles Laan sa Sambayanan (RILES) Network announced today that it will join the anti-pork barrel protest dubbed as the “Million March to Luneta” tomorrow to demand the rechanneling of the P1.3 Trillion presidential pork barrel to public transportation and other social services.

“We concerned MRT and LRT commuters will join the Million March to Luneta protest to demand the abolition of the pork barrel system. Trillions of public funds that go to corruption should be rechanneled to public transportation and other social services,” Sammy Malunes, RILES Network spokesperson, said.

“In particular, we demand the abolition of the Presidential pork barrel that eats up half of the national budget. This government cites the lack of funds as an excuse for burdening the riding public with fare hikes. The truth is that Aquino himself has enough funds not only to subsidize but to improve and expand the operations of the elevated railway system,” Malunes added.

MRT from Manila to Davao

RILES Network claimed that pork barrel allotted to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is enough to shoulder the cost of 77 MRT lines equivalent to 1,301 kilometers of elevated train line. This amount, said Malunes, is enough to build an MRT line from Manila to Mindanao.

“Aquino’s pork alone could cover the construction, operation and maintenance of an elevated train line from Manila to Mindanao. It is unjust that Aquino tells us that we should pay more because the government could no longer afford the enormous subsidy that goes to the guaranteed profits of private corporations in the MRT and LRT,” Malunes said.

“We are not saying that the whole presidential pork be used to build train lines alone. All we want to show is how big the presidential pork barrel is and how absolutely unnecessary is the proposed fare hike,” he added.

The total project costs of the 16.9 kilometer MRT line in EDSA is P16.81 billion. Davao City is 946 kilometers away from Manila by land.

Rechannel Aquino’s pork

RILES Network suggested that a portion of Aquino’s pork be used to nationalize the operations of the country’s elevated train system.

Malunes said it would be “less expensive if the government takes over the MRT rather than spend billions every year to honor onerous contracts that guarantees profits of big businesses at the expense of the tax payers’ incomes.”

“Instead of increasing fares, the government should abrogate the onerous contracts with private corporations for the MRT and LRT and instead use a portion of Aquino’s pork to take-over the operations of the country’s elevated train system,” he added.

“Instead of giving them away to corrupt officials, our taxes in Aquino’s hands can be used to improve and expand the operations of the MRT and LRT to serve more Filipino commuters and even create jobs for the millions of unemployed Filipinos,” Malunes said. ###

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One Response to “[Commuter group to join ‘Million March to Luneta’] P-Noy’s pork enough to build MRT line from Manila to Mindanao – RILES Network”

  1. Anak Mahirap August 26, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    We could build a new kine with a double decked MRT/LRT less space, double capacity.

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