- Posted October 3, 2013 by
Filipinos urge Aquino: Abolish 'pork barrel!'
The second Million People March, which will be held at the country’s top financial district, is also urging Filipinos, they be abroad, in the province, or in their homes, to spread the call for the abolition of the pork barrel by banging pots and pans simultaneously.
Patricia Tan, spokesperson of the Scrap Pork Network, told reporters that the goal of Friday’s protest action at the country’s top financial district of Makati City is to demonstrate the people’s disgust at both houses of Congress for draining government coffers.
The anti-pork protesters and other militant groups are expected to converge near the statue of former senator Benigno Aquino, the president’s father, at the corner of Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue.
At 7 p.m., protesters will hold a candle-lighting ceremony and noise barrage dubbed as “Ingay ng Liwanag” or Noise of Enlightenment along Ayala Avenue.
Before the candle ceremony, economy experts will talk about “what pork is all about” at 5:30 p.m.
Talks by former National Treasurer Leonor Briones, National Chair of the Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM) Dr. Giovanni Tapang, and activist Lidy Nakpil will detail pork barrel in the 2014 national budget.
Tan said “we need to be informed. You cannot say you’re anti-pork and not know about it.”
The Scrap Pork network consists of the Million People March and EDSA Tayo organizers, Sanlakas, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, and US Pinoys For Good Governance, among others.
Groups are welcome to bring banners and streamers — a contrast from the first one in Martsa sa Luneta (March to Luneta) on August 26 when organizers discouraged any sign or activity that can be misconstrued as political in nature.
However, Tan said that there would be “banner-free areas” especially near the statue of Ninoy Aquino.