Iglesia Filipina Independiente Gives Full Support
to the People's Initiative to Abolish the Pork Barrel
The Iglesia Filipina Independiente, true to
her calling as a Church that is “Pro Deo et Patria”, has given full support to
the nationwide campaign to “Enact a National Legislation Abolishing the Pork Barrel System through People's Initiative."
The Executive Commission (EXECOM), during its June and September 2014 meetings, presided by the Obispo Maximo, The Most Revd Ephraim Fajutagana, decisively approved actions to support the People’s Initiative for the Abolition of the Pork Barrel through
signature campaign, declared October 5 as National PI Sign-up Sunday, declared
all parishes and chapels nationwide as PI Sign-up Centers, and strongly encouraged
dioceses to organize PI volunteers from all parishes and initiate education
campaigns inside and outside the Church.
The Supreme Council of Bishops (SCB)
inspired the EXECOM through its statements and recommendations. On September
2013, the SCB, led by its chairperson, the Right Revd Vic Esclamado,
prophetically spoke against bureaucratic corruption, exemplified by the multiple cases of plunder connected to the government's pork barrel system, and called for the abolition of the presidential and congressional pork barrel. Consequently, the SCB, led by its new chairperson, the Right Revd Rhee Timbang, in its September 2014 meeting, expressed full support to the People's Initiative and exhorted all members of the Church to do the same.
The IFI also serves as co-convenor of the
Church People’s Alliance against Pork Barrel and represented by its General Secretary,
the Right Revd Joselito Cruz. The IFI organized delegations of clergy and
laypeople to protest actions against pork barrel, leading to the historic
people’s congress in Cebu city on August 23. The IFI was represented by 5 bishops
( the Most Revd Godofredo David, former Obispo Maximo and representing South
Central Luzon Bishops Conference, the Right
Revd Rudy Juliada, Mindanao Bishops Conference Chairperson, the Right Revd Felixberto
Calang of Cagayan de Oro Diocese, the Right Revd David Ga, representing the Visayas
Bishops Conference, and Right Revd Joselito Cruz) and by priests and laypeople
from the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The IFI National Office is currently
coordinating efforts for the PI, particularly in awareness building,
distribution of materials, and establishing linkages with ecumenical and people’s
organizations, in order to richly contribute to the realization of the noble
purpose of the People’s Initiative.
* Go to People's Initiative (PI) page for materials and documents.