OFWs to accused in pork scam: You’ve nowhere to hide, we are everywhere

DEPORK! (Overseas Filipinos Demand the Abolition of Pork) alliance today warned all accused of plunder and malversation of public funds in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam that even if they flee the Philippines to evade charges, overseas Filipinos around the world will be on the lookout.

The DEPORK! alliance issued the statement following reports that six out of the 35 respondents in the pork barrel scam have already left the country even before the issuance of an immigration watchlist.

“If and once they are convicted and issued arrest warrants, following due process, OFWs worldwide will be more than ready to assist and report their whereabouts anywhere in the world,” said Lito Soriano, DEPORK! convenor.

Soriano said that they will call on OFWs to immediately report to authorities any sightings. “OFWs are everywhere. They are in airports, seaports, restaurants, hotels, resorts, railroads, terminals, anywhere and everywhere in the world that they could possibly be.”

DEPORK! convenor Connie Bragas-Regalado said that the overwhelming success and participation of overseas Filipinos in the recently-concluded Zero Remittance Day on September 19 is testament to the commitment of Filipino im/migrants, OFWs and their families in the fight against the pork barrel system and corruption in government.

“The success of the Zero Remittance Day is proof that overseas Filipinos are angry and they demand accountability of all involved in the pork barrel scam. If proven guilty, the accused will have nowhere to hide. Let this serve as a warning to those planning to escape,” Bragas-Regalado said.

DEPORK! (Overseas Filipinos Demand Abolition of Pork), a broad network of Filipino im/migrants, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), seafarers, families, advocates and service providers around the world.

DEPORK! convenors are former Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Admin. Atty. Carlos Cao, Former Labor Sec. Marianito Roque, Comm. (Ret.) Dante Jimenez, Secretary-General of the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) and founding president of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), Migrante International Chairperson Garry Martinez, Lito Soriano of LBS Recruitment Solutions Corp., Atty. Edwin dela Cruz of the International Seafarers Action Center (ISAC), Migrante Partylist chairperson Connie Bragas-Regalado, Rev. Mirasol Villalon from the National-in-mission for Victims of Human Trafficking, OFWs and their Families-United Methodist Church and Bishop Bart Espartero of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente. ###

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