01 October 2013

The 2nd 'Million People March'

Million People March 2
After the Million People March last 26 August against the abuses of the pork barrel system was over, many Filipinos are asking what will happen next? How can we continue to push for much needed reforms in our government?

There are follow-through activities after that event, but many did not pan out mainly because most of the organizers have personal agendas that are too obvious to many Filipinos.

There were priests who want to push their anti-RH law stand, Ferdinand Marcos loyalists who want to campaign for the son's 2016 candidacy, left-leaning extremists who want nothing more but to sow hatred against hard-working and profit oriented workers and politicians who want to project an image that they are against the pork-barrel system when they use the same funds in their last term. These are just a few of the not-too savvy move that organizers tried to inject in their so-called anti-pork rally that tend to dilute the whole purpose of the movement.

Hence, it surprises no one that these pseudo rallies and street gathering only attracted a handful of disillusioned participants. What you see in these 'fake' rallies are homemade signs that are often drawn by campaign workers themselves, not people at home. Sometimes the crowds are even made up of campaign workers and volunteers, so that the TV cameras don't capture an empty room. They'll be dressed so they appear to be moms and dads, factory workers and teachers, but that can be just an illusion.

Fortunately, organizers of the original "Million People March" decided to do another gathering on 4 October 2013 at Ayala corner Paseo de Roxas, 3:00 to 5:30 P.M.

The objective of the "Million People March" has nothing to do with the RH Law, the return of the Marcoses into power, the campaign of the dying Marxist ideology nor the promotion of cronyism and political dynasty in Congress. Its main purpose is to scrap the pork barrel system, account for all pork spent and investigate as well as punish those who misuse the pork.

Here is the complete statement on these objectives by the organizers:
"SCRAP THE PORK BARREL SYSTEM. We define pork barrel as all state funds subject to discretionary use and/or allocation by officials in all branches and in all levels of the government. We urge all Filipinos to push hard for the scrapping of the pork barrel system, and at the same time, to continue the discourse on the best alternative to take its place -- an alternative that will fully serve the interests of our people as a whole, and will ensure that public money is strictly and absolutely for the use and benefit of all Filipinos, and not just the greedy few.

ACCOUNT FOR ALL PORK SPENT. We challenge all government officials, officers and employees who received, allocated, or otherwise made use of these discretionary funds to publicly make an accounting of the same. We call on all Filipinos to demand such action from all levels of government and to maintain utmost vigilance until these public servants have accounted for all of the pork, down to the last centavo. We encourage fellow Filipinos to launch and share their initiatives to press for transparency in all levels of government and in all kinds of government transactions .

INVESTIGATE AND PUNISH THOSE WHO MISUSE PORK. The pork barrel scandal goes beyond the Napoles scam. We Filipinos must sustain our demand on the government to show its determination to prosecute and punish not only its political enemies but also its own allies and appointees involved in the misuse of discretionary funds. We must continue letting our voices be heard until the guilty are convicted with finality and jailed, to serve as examples to those who may want to follow in their footsteps, that public money must be used solely and exclusively for the benefit and in the best interests of the Filipino people."