Kapamilya stars offer their take on "pork" scam while giving fans reason to smile

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

September 4, 2013


Calif--It’s been successful series of Sold out shows in the US the past month for the “Prince of Pop
Prince” Erik Santos. 

His tour comes as the country deals with government corruption stemming from the pork barrel scam.

After his US tour, Santos has his ten year anniversary concert later this year and with nonstop projects in the Philippines and abroad it also means a bigger payday for the tax man. In regards to the pork barrel scam, he admits that it hurts paying taxes, without knowing where the money goes, adding that it’s unfortunate that it stops the development of thw country. He calls on his kababayans to continue praying for positive change. 

For fans, seeing their celebrities in person has been a relief as Philippine headlines have been dominated by the pork scam, a ferry crash and another natural disaster.

Anne Curtis has been one of the most vocal celebrities throughout the pork barrel controversy, taking to twitter since the alleged scam broke out. Curtis is in North America this week for a series of concerts, but plans to keep it pork-free while on tour. “As I’ve said we all have the right for freedom of speech so I just expressed my own thoughts. And freedom of thoughts,” explained the singer-actress. 

Touring with Curtis is Martin Nievera. The “Concert King” has been enjoying a US break has not buried himself in the pork barrel issues yet, but is instead taking on the most recent typhoon trying to collect funds on his own during his shows.

A second pork barrel protest is being planned on September 11th. Reports say several celebrities are making plans to stand in unity with the protestors.

You may reach Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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