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OFWs vs ‘pork barrel’

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) will attempt to flex their economic muscle after it announced it will hold a “Zero-Remittance Day” (ZRD) this month to push for the abolition of “pork barrel.”

In a statement, Migrante International chairperson Garry Martinez said they have already coordinated with their chapters to urge their members not to remit on Sept. 19 to force the government to scrap the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or more popularly known as “pork barrel.”

“The power to send or not to send remittances rests on Filipino immigrants and OFWs alone. By not remitting for one day, Filipinos all over the world will use their economic power to make a stand against corruption, patronage politics, and social injustice,” Martinez said.

Migrante International has 145 member organizations in 23 countries worldwide.

This comes amid the ongoing controversy on the alleged release of billions worth of PDAF to bogus non-government organizations (NGO).

Martinez said the continuous misuse of PDAF in the Congress is an insult to OFWs, who would have to continue working abroad to keep sending money to their families here in the country. (Samuel Medenilla)