Sen. Pangilinan, ‘Sanctuary Fund’ and OFWs

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan calls on OFWs to donate to the AMRSP Sanctuary Fund which is aimed at assisting whistle blowers. In my opinion, this is a good move and that OFWs who give their support should be commended. All OFWs should consider contributing to the AMRSP’s noble initiative. I myself would be alloting a portion of my incoming salary to the fund (note: Philippine address, contact number and bank account number indicated in the Inquirer article below). However, I could not help but categorize this as another example of a “milking-the-cash-cow” mindset (see my post On “Milking the Cash Cow”), albeit, of a paler character.

What has Sen. Pangilinan done lately that is of benefit to OFWs, if I may ask? I checked his official site ( html) but found no bills of relevance to OFWs. Yes, he had a news release ( calling POEA MC-04 “a blunder,” but what concrete action did he take against officials responsible for this blunder? Does he have any legislative plans to prevent such blunders from happening again? I also noted that this release was dated February 23, 2008—long after the memo was suspended.

I admit that I am not familiar with Sen. Pangilinan’s political agenda and that I am not an expert when it comes to matters concerning the authority of members of the Senate of the Philippines. Also, please don’t get me wrong; I am not sour graping. I am merely citing the fact that most of our government officials, whatever their purpose may be, always look at OFWs as a source of money.

I agree with Sen. Pangilinan’s statement in his news release against MC-04 that “OFWs should not be the milking cow of our government.” But I hope we see more proof from the good senator who was a topnotcher with respect to overseas absentee votes in the last elections, that he is not one of ’em milk suckers. Kudos Mr. Senator!


Pangilinan urges OFWs: Donate money for whistle blowers

By Veronica Uy
First Posted 21:55:00 02/20/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Majority Leader Francis Pangilinan on Wednesday urged overseas Filipino workers to donate money to the “sanctuary fund” set up by church people to finance the legal needs of whistle-blowers on government corruption activities.

Pangilinan said the appeal is especially “for those who believe in the CBCP (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines) call for communal action and so that we are not mere spectators but are active participants in the search for the truth.”

He said that only on its sixth day, the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines’ Sanctuary Fund to support witnesses like Rodolfo Noel Lozada has now reached P693,372.50.

Quoting former socioeconomic planning secretary Romulo Neri, Lozada himself said labor migration has become the “escape valve” that has kept the Philippine society from imploding due to the numerous government anomalies.

The fund was set up at the senator’s suggestion during a hearing on the cancelled $329-million contract wherein Lozada admitted to his own responsibility in possibly anomalous government deals.

He said the fund should help whistle-blowers defend themselves in case they are charged in court because of their exposes.

Pangilinan said check donations may be sent to AMRSP Special Funds at 28 Acacia Street, Quezon City, with telephone numbers 724-4434 or deposited directly to MBTC Account No. 3259-07445-3. He said the point person is Sister Estrella Castalone FMA.

“Make a stand for our nation’s future,” he said.


7 Responses to “Sen. Pangilinan, ‘Sanctuary Fund’ and OFWs”

  1. 1 Susan Kishner Linggo 24 Pebrero 2008 bandang 9:38 hapon

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Susan Kishner

  2. 2 mark membrebe Martes 26 Pebrero 2008 bandang 12:28 umaga

    Good job on writing this article, i think we should take a stand to those people in our government that is corrupt to the bones. Is it just me or do i share the thoughts of some pinoys out there, i really hate the asshole brothers arroyo im talking about GMA sons. Saksakan ng yabang! And what ever happened to our economy lalo na sa ating mga OFW, ang baba ng palit ng Dollar. Bakit may epekto ba ito sa mga pangkaraniwang tao sa pilipinas, WALA! I Think we should do something, like not to remit money for a week, We should all stand together and im pretty sure magkakaroon ng impact yan.

  3. 3 angel Martes 1 Abril 2008 bandang 4:27 hapon

    Mom ko din OFW kaya iba din ang dating sakin kmay mga ganito akong naririnig na balita. Nakakasama ng loob kasi imbes na tulungan ng gobyerno lalo pang pinahihirapan. Ang baba ng halaga ng dollar buti sana kung ramdam kahit konti yung pag-ahon ng economy natin, eh wala pa rin eh, lalo lang naghihirap!

  4. 4 mela Huwebes 3 Abril 2008 bandang 2:34 hapon

    great writing. will add you in my blogroll-
    Joe: Thanks Mela!

  5. 5 Remitter Huwebes 15 Mayo 2008 bandang 2:14 hapon

    Have you read what senator Villar has said? I included the news on my blog- because I found it quite relevant. The move according to me is going to benefit the OFWs enormously. But it needs to be implemented accordingly. His views are also worth mentioning because he has openly accepted the fact that many OFWs in countries like Kuwait, Lebanon, etc face a lot of problems, like phyical and mental abuse, harassment and so on. This problem should be addressed because some OFWs facing such hardships find it next to impossible to go back home because they lack the proper documentation.

  6. 6 Carmita Mangosing Linggo 11 Enero 2009 bandang 1:03 hapon

    I witnessed Mr. Jun Lozada, who I found to be very sincere and convincing at the meeting of the agri-business members of the Mgmt. Assoc. Of the Phil. I have a 100% chemical free plant based disinfectant that has endless applications and is the cheapest and safest sanitizer in the Phil. I would like to offer my product at a wholesale price to the AMRSP. Instead of everyone donating cash to the fund, they will get a natural sanitizer, help raise the fund and AMRSP will get a profit and increase the fund. It is a win-win situation.
    Joe: Thanks for the visit. What product is that by the way?

  7. 7 Carmita Mangosing Lunes 16 Pebrero 2009 bandang 6:40 hapon

    the name of my product is Milagro
    Joe: Cool name.

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...sapagkat ang gobyerno natin ay may "cash cow mentality" pagdating sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers.

(Read On "Milking the Cash Cow")

...sapagkat ako ay isa ring OFW; may mithiin, marunong magisip at nagnanais marinig... Makabagong bayani daw... Sa totoo'y tampok na gatasan ng pamahalaan. (English)

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