Dingdong Dantes Speaks Up About ‘Pork Barrel’ ScamDingdong Dantes is angry that while people like him are trying to raise funds for legitimate organizations that help others, there are others allegedly putting up fake organizations to pocket the government’s resources.
“Yun nga yung medyo nakakainis e kasi nagsa-struggle kami to look for funds and I put in even my own, personal money tapos malaman-laman mo na 'di umano na may posibilidad that they set up fake NGOs. Kaya ang apektado ay kaming mga lehitimong NGOs na kumakayod sa paghahanap ng pera,” Dantes, who is behind the Yes Pinoy Foundation, told GMA News.
Dantes is speaking about the nation’s current biggest issue, the “Pork Barrel” scam. Congressmen and senators alike are being alleged of misappropriating public funds coming from Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) through organizations set up by Janet Lim-Napoles.
According to reports, a number of public officials have given their “Pork Barrels” to these fake Non-Government Organizations which funnel them back to Napoles and the politicians involved instead of using them for projects to help members of the citizenry.
GMA News talked to Dantes after the fourth anniversary celebration of the Yes Pinoy Foundation which was held at the remote Barangay San Rafael in Rodriguez, Rizal.
Dantes was there to distribute school materials to students of Casili Elementary School as the foundation’s way of celebrating its anniversary.
Dantes said, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng mga nagbibigay ng tulong kasi, siyempre, yun naman ang buhay ng isang foundation, yung mga supporter, at hindi kami mabubuhay kung wala sila.”
The actor who is set to star in the upcoming GMA show “Genesis” was also asked by the network why he did not include his name in the foundation.
“I want it to stand on its own. It’s a legitimate NGO na ang flagship programs ay mga project mismo at hindi ako. Kaya kung mag-i-invest man sila o magdo-donate sila, it’s because naniniwala sila dun sa cause [ng Foundation] at sa kapupuntahan ng pera rather than dahil ako ang founder ng foundation,” Dantes said.
“Kung sa tingin naman nila walang kapupuntahan yung donation nila – siyempre pinaghirapan din naman nila yung pera na ‘yon – at kahit sabihin pang hinahangaan nila ako, hindi naman din siguro nila sasayangin ang bunga ng pinaghirapan nila,” he added.
Speaking of “Genesis”, what Dantes said about the show which also stars Rhian Ramos is apparently very apt for the current situation of the country.
“Dito sa 'Genesis' napag-uusapan din yung mga corruption issues, it’s a struggle kung paano lumaban ng patas at tama sa kabila ng kaguluhan. Kaya narerelate din sa totoong buhay ang show na ito,” he said.
“Basically, drama talaga siya. Ito ay tungkol sa pagkakaroon ng pag-asa sa kabila ng mga delubyo, mga problemang hinaharap ng isang tao,” Dantes added.