Pols quiet on Twitter about #MillionPeopleMarch

The usually opinionated lawmakers were quiet on Monday, August 26, while the anti-pork barrel protests swept through the country

#MILLIONPEOPLEMARCH: Throngs of people troop to Luneta Park Monday to call for the abolition of the pork barrel. Photo by Paulo Alcazaren

MANILA, Philippines – The usually opinionated  lawmakers were quiet on Monday, August 26, while protesters nationwide call for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.

Understandably so. It is their discretionary fund.

Throngs of Filipinos joined protest rallies nationwide and it was all the talk on social media and news organizations Monday morning. 

While Twitter was abuzz about the rallies – at 5 tweets per second at its peak – Rappler scanned tweets from politicians who are normally active online. 

Before 4 p.m. Monday, we saw only a few speaking up about the pork barrel issue. Even those who earlier supported abolition calls were quiet on Twitter.

Magdalo partylist Rep Ashley Acedillo tweeted: “Mabuhay kayo!” 

Pangasinan Rep Kimi Cojuangco, on the other hand, said she wished she was a civilian so she could join fellow advocates of the Reproductive Health law at the Luneta Park protest.

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, on the other hand, took the time to answer a question on how he used his pork barrel.

Here are some tweets on President Aquino’s August 23 announcement that he was going to abolish PDAF. It turned out, he only meant reforming the pork barrel system.

– Rappler.com

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