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The anti-pork barrel movement which is seeking to abolish 'pork-barrel budget allocations' in the Philippines staged a protest-action at the Ayala District in Makati City last October 4. The purpose of the mass action was to persuade entrepreneurs and CEOs from the business capital of the Philippines to join the call to abolish pork barrel. Makati City is considered as the business capital of the Philippines since most business firms in the country have main offices there. The pork-barrel system in the Philippines has been a major source of graft and corruption by some politicians and contractors. In the Philippines, the word "pork barrel" actually means funds allocated to the members of the Philippine House of Representatives (the congress) and the Philippine Senate to spend as they see fit without going through the normal budgetary process or through the Executive Branch. Such pork barrel will be used for both "hard" projects, such as bridges and farm-to-market roads, and "soft" projects, such as medical care for some poor citizens.
Last August of this year, public rage over the 10 billion pesos worth of Priority Development Assistance Fund that went to a scam, involving Janet Lim-Napoles and numerous Senators and Representatives, led to widespread calls for abrogation of the pork-barrel system. The Million People March which occurred on August 26, 2013, National Heroes' Day in the Philippines, called for the end of "pork barrel" and was joined by simultaneous protests nationwide and by the Filipino diaspora around the globe. Other huge mass actions against the pork barrel occurred in places like the EDSA Shrine (the site of the historic 1986 People Power Revolution), University of the Philippines in Quezon City, and the gateway towards the Presidential Palace in Manila.
The anti-pork barrel movement brought the mass action in Makati City last October 4 since the said place is the business capital of the Philippines. Since it was a Friday, many employees and executives from various offices in Makati City joined the rally after their working hours.
Photo Number 1- A golden statue of a pig was displayed by some protesters in Makati City symbolizing how the pork barrel has become some kind of a 'pagan idol' by some politicians and contractors.
Photo Number 2- Protesters marched at the Ayala District calling on chief executives and entrepreneurs to join the call to abolish the pork-barrel system.
Photo Number 3- A protester wearing a paper crown has a poster demanding that those who were involved in the pork-barrel scam be penalized.
Photo Number 4- Protesters held a banner that had a message of 're-channeling funds to public hospitals and other basic services'.
Photo Number 5- Young college students from an all-girls' school came out to join the said mass action.
Photo Number 6- An old man sit on the floor near the mass action with papers containing messages that appealed for helping the poor.
Photo Number 7- Some 'call center agents' marched with a streamer calling for a 'tax-holiday protest' to pressure the government to abroaget the pork barrel.
Photo Number 8- Some protesters waving banners about the August 26 mass action that took place at the Luneta Park. That was the very first massive protest-action demanding the abolition of pork barrel.
Photo Number 9- Another banner against graft and corruption.
Photo Number 10- A protester made himself a mascot to protest against the pork-barrel system. The man wore a pig costume with a t-shirt asking for the abolition of the pork-barrel system.