Napoles as flashpoint, what’s next for #MillionPeopleMarch?

The Philippines saw what a Facebook post can do on Monday, after tens of thousands of people held nationwide rallies against pork barrel abuse in what came to be known as the #MillionPeopleMarch. It was a historic first for being a leaderless, social-media driven rally organized around issues and ideas instead of personalities. But people are now asking: what’s next? UP Diliman sociology professor Nicole Curato says the challenge now is to identify concrete objectives. For Ateneo School of Government Dean Tony La Viña, the latest developments — including the surrender of Janet Napoles — provide a clearer focus. He says it’s now moving towards prosecuting and holding those involved in the scam liable. He adds, “It’s easier to target than try to target something very abstract like pork barrel. You’re actually directing your efforts at getting some very high up personalities to be snared in this.” They agree one of the key first steps is to pass the Freedom of Information Act.

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