MANILA, Philippines – They call it an expression of outrage, not a revolution.
On August 26, 2013, tens of thousands joined #MillionPeopleMarch at the Quirino Grandstand to protest the Priority Development Assistance Fund. There were tents, pig snouts and rainbow bubbles instead of the burning effigies that characterize street protests. Moments were memorialized by selfies. Vendors made a killing on umbrellas and aluminum blankets. Sunglasses mirrored cloudy skies.
There may have been advocacy groups and the occasional rubber-slippered protestor, but the thousands that turned a muddy parcel of land into a demonstration of middle class outrage were retired government employees, celebrities, students, extended families, nuns and priests, matrons with coiffed hair and a slew of the social media savvy.
Many are clear, the PDAF must be abolished. Their solution is good governance. They are taxpayers, they are offended, they will take a stand.
The million is rising, they say, and it begins here.
Watch a documentary on the #MillionPeopleMarch below.
(Video by Patricia Evangelista, Nico Bagsic and Den Victoria)