MANILA, Philippines – Only a few hundred attended the gathering at the Edsa shrine Wednesday, the follow-up activity to the hugely successful #MillionPeopleMarch.
Organizers say it’s not in the numbers.
Church leaders denounce the acceptance of corruption as part of the political culture.
Bea Cupin reports.
ADAMSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT
Parang kung hindi sila mag-raraally iisipin ng gobyerno: wala lang yan sa tao. Parang yung rally yung way lang talaga na nangingi-alam yung tao. (If they don’t stage rallies, the government will think it’s not a big deal anymore. Rallies are a way for people to show that they care.)
But the “prayer vigil” isn’t as peaceful as organizers hoped it would be.
A little after “inter-faith prayers” begin, Anakbayan, Piston, Migrante, and Kilusang Mayo Uno marchers arrive with placards.
One police officer rips a protester’s placard apart.
An altercation ensues.
Syempre sa bawat storya naman ay merong mga kontrabida, may mga bida. Di natin maiwasan ang kaguluhan. (Of course, in every story there’s a villain and a hero. We can’t avoid the conflict.)
The event ends with prayers and music, and wraps up by 4pm.
Economist Winnie Monsod urges citizens to hit politicians where it hurts the most — during the elections.
We can shout and scream, etc. But unless we act in a manner that is going to show them na talagang galit tayo, eh di tuloy pa rin ang ligaya nila. (But unless we act in a manner that is going to show them that we’re really mad, they will continue happily fooling us.)
While the venue and the characters are different from last month’s Million People March, the message is the same: citizens will not let it go until government fixes the pork barrel system.
Bea Cupin, Rappler, Manila. – Rappler.com