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    Million People March

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Philippines-based iReporter rolangarcia captured these images of mass protests in the country's capital, Manila, Monday, against what they allege is government corruption and "pork barrel funds". The demonstrators' anger is focused in particular on abolishing a government fund they claim has been misused by local politicians, local media reoprted. Some protesters dressed up as pigs or drew images of pigs on local roads. "The protest was generally peaceful and people from walks of life participated," he said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    More Photos: https://www.facebook.com/FilipiKnowWeekendWarrior

     

    The Philippines celebrated National Heroes Day and many Filipinos from different areas in the country simultaneously protested against the legislators and President's "pork barrel" funds or Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). The Filipino taxpayers, from all walks of life -- celebrities, high profile personalities, religious groups, civil organizations and ordinary taxpayers, demanded the scrapping of the pork barrel, and the prosecution of legislators allegedly involved in the misuse of these public funds.

     

    The outrage gradually started when an alleged 10 billion peso scam surfaced which were reportedly coursed through "ghost or dummy" non government offices (NGOs) and ghost projects.

     

    The "Million People March" only marks the beginning of a series of protest against it, according to the rally organizers.

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