The Million People March Against PDAF

Many called for the total abolition of pork barrel while others were for its reform. TheLOBBYiST asked some of the protesters and bystanders about their particular stand on said issue and their suggestions.

The outrage that started on social media brought thousands of netizens to Luneta on Monday, National Heroes’ Day.

Dubbed as the “Million People March,” the gathering was in protest against the abuse of government funds especially the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Many called for the total abolition of pork barrel while others were for its reform. TheLOBBYiST asked some of the protesters and bystanders about their particular stand on said issue and their suggestions.

Edgar Dagdag, a concerned citizen from Pampanga, wants to scrap the PDAF and said that funds should be directed to social services instead.  Sister Adelaida of the Priory of St. Scholastica shares the same sentiment. According to her, the PDAF should be scrapped totally and the same thing should happen with the President’s pork barrel. 

On the other hand, Sam Blaseño, a street vendor, thinks that the pork barrel only needs reform.  Like Blaseño, Marlon Rivera is also for the reform of PDAF as he believes that funds must be monitored and accounted for. Rivera also added that the problem really is the flawed mechanism, “a failure of check and balance.” Meanwhile, Jocelyn Atuna from Los Baños said that more than the abolition or reform of PDAF, she calls for the corrupt government officials to pay for their crimes. 

Despite the lack of a formal program, people came to Luneta to be counted. Whether alone, with their families, friends or their respective organizations, their presence signifies indignation on the ongoing corruption in government.

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