Anonymous Philippines storm Batasang Pambansa vs pork barrel

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“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]!”

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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

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  1. a group who called themselves “anonymous philippines” claimed responsible for the hacking of various government website…

    ANOTHER PROOF THAT IT IS ONLY US WHO CREATE MORE DAMAGE TO OUR COUNTRY…PULLING AND HURTING EACH OTHER…

    EACH ONE OF US MUST BE THE SOLUTION NOT THE OBSTRUCTION

    destruction we make to our government property creates nothing good but purely DAMAGE TO US…TO OURSELVES…

    PDAF/DAP MONEY IS NOT THE PROBLEM…IT IS THE OFFICIALS WHOM WE ENTRUSTED THE GOVERNMENT FUNDS…THESE MUST BE OUR FOCUS OF ATTENTION…TO PUT BEHIND BARS CROOKS…WE’VE DONE IT BEFORE AND WE CAN STILL MAKE IT…A BIGOTE IN JAIL…AND PROBABLY A PANDAK, POGI, SEXY AND OLD MAN (upon due process – proven beyond reasonable doubt) will all join in one cell…

    if this group will continue to its destructive acts…we are going to nowhere…

    REMEMBER WE HAVE TO HELP EACH OTHER NOT TO PULL EACH OTHER…
    TAMA NA ANG “CRAB MENTALITY”