‘Million People March’ part 2 set this Friday-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
MANILA -- The call for the abolition of the pork barrel system will continue as another Million People March rally was set to be staged on Friday, October 4, at Ayala, Makati.
Scrap Pork Network, a group formed by unaffiliated individuals and some organized groups who supported the August 26 rally in Luneta, will lead the event.
Patricia Tan, Scarp Pork Network spokesperson, said they don't have an estimate of the people who will attend the gathering on Friday, but they are inviting everyone to join the rally.
"It's an open invitation so we don't have the fixed number we're targeting, because for us tinutuloy lang namin kung ano 'yung panawagan from Luneta," she told Sun.Star in a phone interview.
Assembly time is at 3 p.m. while the "Million People March @ Ayala" main program will start at 5:30 p.m.
Tan confirmed that there are artists and representatives from the business, youth, labor and religious sectors who will speak on stage.
Tan said, "We will have concrete calls to the public, government and the President. We will have speakers who will explain what pork barrel is. May na-create kasi na impression na ang PDAF 'yun lang ang pork, we want to clarify that. Kahit wala na dun' yung PDAF (sa budget), we know that the pork is still there."
Aside from those attending the event in Manila, other groups in the provinces will be sending in their videos of support and messages to scrap the pork barrel system.
Tan said they hope the government will listen to the public sentiment.
"We're hoping that Million People March in Ayala will be the last protest against the Pork Barrel kasi dapat makinig sila. They need to scrap it and we need to see concrete measures na ang iniimbestigahan ay hindi lang miyembro ng opposition but even the allies of the administration. Dapat may accountability sa mga nagkasala," she said.
People who will attend the program are advised to bring candles for the candle lighting ceremony.
The Supreme Court will hear the oral arguments on the constitutionality of PDAF on October 8 while its abolition in the 2014 national budget has yet to be decided. (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)