“We are united by one, divided by no one.”
Members and supporters of Anonymous Philippines, the group behind the recent hacking of numerous government websites, took their online protest at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday to stand against pork barrel system and other corruption scandals that surfaced of late.
The members of the group decried the government’s inability to solve the perennial problem of corruption and the slow progress of persecuting the people involved in the pork barrel scam.
“Mahiya naman sila sa mga nagbabayad ng buwis [They should be shameful of themselves]!” said A.F., a female wearing a Guy Fawkes mask used in the movieV for Vendetta. “Kahit kaming mga kabataan, ultimo candy na binibili namin sa tindahan may buwis [Even the youth pay taxes, even when we buy candies at the store there’s tax]!”
The event was part of the “Million Mask March,” a global Anonymous protest against censorship and government corruption. Similar protests also happened in Singapore and Indonesia.
In an estimate by the Quezon City Police District, around 60 to 70 people join the march. The group was only allowed to protest a few meters away of Batasan Pambansa’s North Gate, which frustrated the protesters.
Apparently, the lawmakers are on break until November 18.
Anonymous Philippines is one of the leaders in the online protests against the Cybercrime Law last year. Now, they intensified their clandestine actions against the government by defacing at least a hundred government websites just last weekend.
Among the websites that were hacked was the Office of the Ombudsman, Insurance Commission, and Optical Media Board.
The protesters, however, denied that the ones who actually hacked the websites joined the rally.
The group swore that the fight is not over and they will not stop until they see something will change, especially in the issue of the pork barrel and the overall discretionary funds of the government.
“Di ito titigil hangga’t hindi nagbabago ang sistema [This will not stop until the system doesn’t change],” a male protester said.
More actions must be expected before the year ends, another one said. JHOANNA BALLARAN