- Posted August 27, 2013 by
Facebook post sparks massive anti-graft rally in Manila
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
After just a click and a post online, Filipinos from all levels of society came together with one goal in mind.
At the Quirino Grandstand in downtown Manila, they expressed anger over the misappropriation of the pork barrel—government funds used at the discretion of lawmakers and even the president.
The call for the rally dubbed as the "Million People March" started from a Facebook post and quickly gained support from media personalities, professionals, the religious and even ordinary citizens.
According to Reuters, police say at least 60,000 people attended the event on Monday, August 26, with some bearing placards calling for the abolition of the pork barrel, while others wore pig masks and brought other props.
The protest came after state audit and local news reports revealed that lawmakers funneled at least P10 billion or about $226 million to fake non-governmental organizations.
President Aquino earlier said that the government will address issues regarding the fund.
"We will do everything in our power to find those who conspired to take advantage of the PDAF's good intentions, and to hold them accountable," he said.
But protesters ignored the statement.
Militant groups even continued their protest near the presidential palace, insisting that the pork barrel should be scrapped and re-appropriated to improve social services.
There were no untoward incidents reported, authorities said.
The protesters peacefully dispersed and investigation on the alleged corruption are underway.