“Kulong na lang natin yung may sala tapos wag na nating palabasin," says Piolo Pascual, referring to the corrupt politicians who are behind the pork barrel scam.
The Kapamilya star is also alluding to his role as NBI agent in the upcoming action-thriller OTJ, where he runs after ex-convicts turned hitmen.
Piolo— who ranked #123 in the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) Top 500 Individual Tax Payers of 2011—shares the sentiment of Filipinos angered by the recent exposé on the abuse and misuse of pork barrel funds.
(Released in April 2013, the list also includes actress Kris Aquino, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Derek Ramsay, also Kim Chiu.)
“You know, when you go out and you see yung kalye, yung infrastructure, walang ilaw sa mga kalye, nakakasakit, nakakadurog ng puso kasi alam mo kung gaanong kalaki yung binabayarang tax.
“Tapos may lumalabas pang ganito,” Piolo says, pertaining to the P10-billion barrel scam that allegedly channels public funds to fraud non-government organization projects of lawmakers.
Janet Lim Napoles’s JLN Corporation allegedly has a major hand in the funnelling of bogus projects of the legislators.
The actor adds, “We’re all for transparency!
“So, kung hindi man ganun, masakit man sa puso mo, kailangan mong magbayad ng tax kasi magnified ka bilang artista, e.
“Sana maresolba, sana maayos,” states Piolo at OTJ’s press conference held on August 25, at the Star Cinema office in Quezon City.
GERALD ANDERSON. Likewise, Star Magic heartthrob Gerald Anderson expresses his “disgust” over the said national issue.
Known to conduct charity basketball matches apart from his gallant acts of helping out victims during the onslaught of Ondoy and Habagat, Gerald hopes that the public funds should go to those who really need them.
“At the end of the day, iniisip mo, dapat mas may tulong tayo from them [corrupt government officials], pero wala, e. Yung pera, they take it for themselves.
“Kumbaga, people are dying, kapag may Ondoy, kapag may Habagat, di ba?
“People are dying because of the money na nasa kanila.”
RAYVER CRUZ AND DAWN JIMENEZ. Rayver Cruz, who co-stars with Piolo and Gerald in OTJ, also wants the pork barrel to be abolished.
The actor/dancer tells the press, “Mas maganda kung i-scrap na lang yung pork barrel tapos i-consolidate na lang yung mga fundings tapos i-distribute sa kung saan dapat mapunta yung mga pera.”
Dawn Jimenez, who stars as Gerald’s leading lady in the Erik Matti-directed film, reveals at the press conference that she personally knows Jeane Napoles, the infamous daughter of Janet Lim Napoles.
“Medyo mahirap kasi kaibigan ko yung anak,” Dawn says, shocking some members of the press.
Apparently, Jeane, who earned the ire of netizens for posting her lavish lifestyle on Instagram, is a high school friend of Dawn.
“Hindi ko alam na sila pala yung tinutukoy.
“Pero nung nalaman kong sila nga, parang siyempre, affected ako kasi nagbabayad din ako ng tax.”
But Dawn says she has not spoken to Jeane in a long while.