#TalkThursday: What’s next for #MillionPeopleMarch?

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Rappler talks with Dean Tony La Viña and Nicole Curato on what's next for the #MillionPeopleMarch movement.

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks with Dean Tony La Viña and Nicole Curato.

On August 28, Monday, the country saw what a simple Facebook post can do.

#MillionPeopleMarch brought together groups and people from all walks of life using two things they held in common: anger at the misuse of the pork barrel and the people’s heavy use of social media.

On August 17, after weeks of the alleged multi-billion pork barrel scam being on the news, friends Arnold Pedrigal, Peachy Bretana, and Zena Bernardo Bernardo created a Facebook event page inviting netizens who want to abolish the pork barrel to what they called a “massive ‘pocket picnic.'” Pedrigal said the event was inspired by artist Ito Rapadas’ Facebook post that urged Filipinos to march against the pork barrel.

The gathering aimed to gather one million people in Luneta park for a historical first: a social media driven rally that was leaderless, not organised around personalities.

On August 26, police estimated tens of thousands protesters attended the Luneta rally. As of 8pm August 26, there were more than 140,000 social media mentions.

With so many people joining the movement, it begs the question, what will happen next?

Nicole Curato, Assistant Professor of Sociology in the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and Tony La Viña , Dean of the Ateneo School of Government will discuss the question with Rappler.

Watch it live below.


– Rappler.com

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