‘Million People March’ set Monday-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
AMID the worsening scandal on the misuse of Priority Development Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers and senators, and the expose on the audit of the Commission on Audit with regards this, a protest action (Million People March Davao) has been set in Rizal Park, Davao City on Monday, August 26, starting 9 a.m.
The gathering will coincide with the million people march in Luneta Park, Manila, and although it does not aim to gather a million people since Davao only had over 1.5-million residents, it seeks to contribute to the air of protest.
Its broad objective is to probe and prosecute those who are found guilty of scamming taxpayers’ money through the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
"It's the Dabawenyos’ response to the call to stand against pork. There are no official organizers. We're spreading the word through social media," said Jon Joaquin, managing editor of Mindanao Daily Mirror in a Facebook chat Tuesday.
The event was set up following questions by journalists if there is anyone organizing a mass-up on National Heroes’ Day against corruption.
The invitation for the Davao event has been posted in Facebook.
“Let your voice be heard,” the Facebook event, entitled “Million People March Davao”, read.
In Manila, the event dubbed, "Million People March to Luneta August 26: Sa araw ng mga bayani, protesta ng bayan" aims to gather one million people to join the protest for a "massive pocket picnic" at 9 a.m.
Like in Luneta, Joaquin said the protest here has "no real organizer, no set program and that it will be spontaneous."
In a national daily, it posted that aside from scrapping the pork barrel, the group says that it also wants erring senators and congressmen to be investigated and charged, with full media coverage in order to publicize their wrongdoing.
The protest was by Peachy Rallonza-Bretaña, Bernardo Bernardo and Arnold Pedrigal after a certain "Ito Rapadas" suggested protest action in social media.
It said that the protest action is completely crowd-sourced, non-partisan and has no formal organizing group to allow anyone to participate and voice out their sentiments regarding the controversial PDAF.
The groups have their discussion for the event through social networks, primarily through Facebook.
Other groups in Iloilo, Zamboanga and Cebu are also planning to hold similar event on Monday.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 21, 2013.