Anti-graft group honors Ninoy Aquino in Makati motorcade
MANILA, Philippines – Around 150 motorcycle riders, bicycle riders, and cars participated in a motorcade around major streets in Makati City on Wednesday, August 19.
Adopting the slogan, "Never Again to Corruption," the motorcade organized by the United Makati Against Corruption (UMAC) aimed to commermorate the 32nd death anniversary of former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr, a staunch critic of the dictatorship of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
Aquino was assassinated at what was then the Manila International Airport in 1983, which ultimately led to the first EDSA People Power revolution that toppled the Marcos regime. (READ: 32 years after assasination: Knowing Ninoy)
The riders first met at the University of Makati then passed by the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall parking building to hold a noise barrage. (WATCH: Red flags in 'overpriced' Makati infra projects)
The group then proceeded to Aquino's monument in Makati to offer an "anti-corruption wreath."
UMAC spokesperson Raymond Kahiwat said in a statement sent to reporters that the activity is UMAC's contribution "to educate the young generation on the meaning of the death of Ninoy."
He added that the motorcade also highlights the group's determination to fight corruption in the Philippines.
UMAC is an anti-graft group that initiated the protests against suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr and his father, former Makati mayor and now Vice President Jejomar Binay. The Binays have been accused of overpricing several city projects.
One of UMAC's leaders, lawyer Renato Bondal, is among the whistleblowers in the ongoing Senate investigation into the corruption allegations against the Binay family. – with reports from Lito Boras/Rappler.com