MILLION PEOPLE MARCH #2: LOZADA CALLS FOR PNoy TO RESIGN / IN MAKATI THOUSANDS GATHER VS PORK, DAP
Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada JOSEPH AGCAOILI
MANILA, OCTOBER 7, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Matikas Santos - A former whistle-blower called on President Benigno Aquino III to resign during the second Million People March Friday.
“If he has any decency left in him he should resign,” Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada told reporters in an ambush interview.
“He has the courage to dare his critics to impeach him? Pass the Freedom of Information bill then to impeach him will be easy,” he said.
Thousands of people from militant groups and various sectors marched to the Ninoy Aquino statue at the intersection of Ayala avenue and Paseo de Roxas in Makati to call for the abolition of the pork barrel system and the Development Assistance Program (DAP).
The militant groups blamed Aquino for the scandal involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, commonly referred to as the pork barrel scam, that siphoned billions of pesos through bogus non-government organizations created by detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, tagged as the alleged mastermind.
“We are holding Aquino ultimately accountable for the entire pork fund mess. It is his power to push for changes in the system yet he stubbornly refuses to do so and instead promotes the system of pork,” Fr. Joe Dizon, convenor of the Abolish Pork Movement, said in a statement.
Recently, additional fund allocations for lawmakers from the DAP was exposed by Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada which he alleged was used as incentive for senators to convict former Chief Justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial.
Lozada, who in the past blew the whistle on the NBN-ZTE deal under the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said that the anger of people against the pork barrel system was becoming like a wild fire.
“Forest fires start as small grass fires that could sometimes last for weeks. The fire intensifies when strong winds begin to blow,” he said.
“Just like what is happening in our country today, the feelings of the people are already kindled. Once the winds of truth blow it will ignite the fire,” Lozada said. “Malacanang should not wait anymore, they should speak the truth and not wait for the fire to ignite the feelings of the people.”
Thousands gather at Million People March 2 By Jamie Elona INQUIRER.net 8:07 pm | Friday, October 4th, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of anti-pork protesters gathered at the Ayala Triangle in Makati City Friday to reiterate their demand for the abolition of the pork barrel system.
Police and militants differed in their estimate of the people who attended the second Million People March.
Senior Superintendent Manuel Lukban, Makati Police chief, said there were about 2,800 protesters, which included the office employees who joined the rally while Renato Reyes Jr., Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general, estimated 10,000.
“I think they’ve reached their maximum number,” Lukban said in Filipino.
“If you notice, the area on both sides has not been filled up with people,” he added.
Lukban said no untoward incident has been reported to authorities.
The groups gathered in parts of Makati as early as 1 p.m. and converged at the Ayala Triangle for the program.
Lukban said roughly 300 police officers were deployed to maintain peace and order, and to ensure the smooth flow of traffic even as several roads were closed to motorists.
Some of the policemen were on board motorcycles as they moved around the rally site.
Chief Superintendent Erwin Villacorte, Southern Police District (SPD) director, for his part said that they were confident that this day’s rally against the pork barrel system would be peaceful just like the first Million People March was in Luneta last August 26.
Villacorte said that they would keep an eye on militants and would enforce maximum tolerance.
Originally posted at 6:31 p.m. INQUIRER.net
Songs, fiery speeches kick off Million People March 2 in Makati By Kristine Angeli Sabillo INQUIRER.net 5:44 pm | Friday, October 4th, 2013
Anti-pork protesters gather in Makati City on Friday, Oct. 7, 2013 for a second “Million People March” to reiterate their demand to abolish the pork barrel system. Although the crowd was much smaller compared to the first Million People March in Luneta, calls for the immediate scrapping of the fund by the government were as fervent as when they were first heard. Noy Morcoso III / INQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines — With the arrival of thousands of protesters at Ayala in Makati City, fiery speeches and socially-relevant music kicked of the anti-pork barrel rally.
Jograd Dela Torre was among the first to perform his song “Kawatan,” now dubbed as the national anthem of the anti-pork barrel movement.
This was followed by Vencer Crisostomo of Youth Act Now who rallied the crowd to continue to protest against the numerous anomalies in government.
“We called for the abolition of the pork barrel but it was retained…We called for the punishment of those who are accountable but there is special treatment,” Crisostomo said.
“All the reasons to protest are here…We’re not going to stop until we succeed (in achieving change for the country,” he said.
In a bid to sustain the energy of the crowd, Chikoy Pura of the Jerks sang a series of rocking songs including “Rage,” which tackle the issues of poverty and oppression.
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