Celebrities rally in Million People March-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
LOCAL celebrities made sure their voices will also be heard at the Million People March in Luneta on Monday, as public demands the scrapping of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).
Veteran actor Leo Martinez, who came with friends Noel Trinidad and Jun Urbano, said they attended the event to show their outrage on the "pork barrel" system of the government.
"I came here on my own with some friends. (I'm here) to show anger, to show disappointment on our senators and congressmen," said Martinez.
Actress Irma Adlawan was also in Luneta to show support to the people's demand for transparency and accountability from our government officials.
Adlawan said, "(Ito ay para) bigyan sila ng warning na tama na. Matagal na nilang ginagawa ito pero ngayon sobra-sobra na, talamak na at kitang-kita na ng lahat ng tao. Hindi na dapat tayo tumahimik at magsalita na ang lahat ng Pilipino, mula sa baba hanggang pataas, kailangan na tayong may gawin."
APO Hiking Society member Jim Paredes, meanwhile, shared that he volunteered in the event because he wants to "clean up this government. We deserve a better government, no more pork, transparency and jail those na nagnakaw."
Martinez also had the same sentiment as Paredes on what should be done to people who are guilty of unscrupulously using the people's money.
"After this I hope there is a case filed against these people. That there will be a trial and conviction and I want to see them behind bars," said Martinez.
Paredes said he came to the event as a volunteer and shares the sentiment of the people. He hopes the government will act swiftly on the matter.
Paredes said, "I expect the government to listen to its people. I expect the government to wrap up to abolish pork. I understand some pork has been set aside for hospitals and scholars, ituloy na natin yun pero after that wala na."
He added that the Million People March somehow mirrors Occupy Wall Street, a protest movement in New York City, which fights against financial greed and government corruption.
When asked to react on some comments on social media that the protest movement in Manila will not trigger change from government, Paredes replied, "Nothing happens if you don't do anything. You know, I'm sick and tired of complainers. Complain all you want. Ano kayo entitled? Manigas kayo no. Magmartsa din kayo. Naiinis na rin ako sa kanila actually."
He added, "I feel a sense of duty whether I'm famous or not, whether anybody listens or not. I'm a foot soldier in the reform movement."
Other celebrities who joined the protest are actor Robin Padilla, his wife Mariel and brother Rommel, television host Bianca Gonzales, actor Pen Medina, comedian Arnel Ignacio, actress Mylene Dizon, and director Jose Javier Reyes. (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)