GROUPS demanding the abolition of the pork barrel are planning another “Million People March,” this time in Makati City.
The Million People March@Ayala on Friday aims to tap Makati executives and employees who, according to Peachy Tan, spokesperson for the event, suffer the most from the massive misuse of taxpayer’s money.
“This an opportunity for them (workers) to air their voices, that’s why we’re bringing it near their location,” Tan told a press conference in Makati on Monday.
The first “Million People March” at Rizal Park in Manila on Aug. 26 drew 100,000 people.
The program will start at 5:30 p.m. but participants are expected to gather at the venue at around 3 p.m.
Harry Roque of Concerned Citizen’s Movement asked business operators to dismiss their employees early so that they can participate.
Roque said the event will also expose how the pork barrel survives, both in the national budget being deliberated by the House of Representatives and in the executive department funds.
He said the pork barrel is being allocated for various projects that remain mysterious to the people.
Peachy Rallonza-Bretana, who organized the first Million People March with the help of the social media, said they were not after numbers in the Ayala protest action.
“The number of individuals actively participating in the anti-pork rallies are growing since the first Million People March,” she said.
Bretana said the “time has come for the people to be wise enough how to fight and this will not be over unless we see some changes.”
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, spokesperson for the AbolishPork network, joined the public in expressing outrage over pork barrel abuses.
“We have a damaged government. We have a legislative in the pocket of the administration and a judiciary at the back of the administration when they are supposed to be co-equal branch of government,” Cruz said.
Other groups involved in organizing the rally include Philippines Internet Freedom Alliance, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, US Pinoys for Good Governance, Buklurang Manggagawang Pilipino, Sanlakas, Bayan, Pagbabago, Babala, and You Act Now.
Ritchie A. Horario