August 26 One Million People March… Only The Beginning, I Hope

I’m writing this in a rush and will be headed out to cover the August 26 Million People March in a few minutes.

While I’ve read so many articles on what people say it is or will be, I am still trying to resist any attempt to frame it in any way.  As of now, the only way I can describe it is a collective physical expression of outrage over a number of issues — only one of which is Pork Barrel Corruption.

I think the biggest scapegoat that people are trying to banish is the government that they created by their misguided actions and the passive participation with anything with a cute slogan.

What the gathering really outlines is the fact that most Filipinos haven’t understood this one simple idea: You get the government that you deserve.

It seems the only time that people participate in democratic governance is when (1) there is an election and (2) when there is a scandal.

Of course, I really don’t need to be at Luneta to see this event because TV networks are going to cover this and most people can probably watch the whole thing unfold in the comfort  (as well as safety) of their own homes.

But then again, nothing beats seeing things “live” and unframed by the television.

(Note: I’ll will be on Twitter  throughout the whole thing, so follow me if you want to.)

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Post Author: Paul Farol

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ella
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well, I hope more people, like me, will go to Luneta not because of inggit because of the way the Napoles’ live. I go to Luneta because I am so mad that the taxes that I had been paying and continue to pay is not going to where it is supposed to be going. I go to Luneta because I want government people to spend the taxes I pay for service to the poor and not put it in the pockets of the privilege few. I go to Luneta because I want corruption to end. I want good government and… Read more »
siomai
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The march would not be possible without the support of our president. Else, only a few will come to the event.

Orlando Solano
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I agree with you that the people deserve the government they get. But this is true only when the electorate is mature and literate enough to understand the real issues of governance. In the Philippines, where 70% of the people live in poverty, the voters are easily swayed by the hollow promises of the policiticans during election time, not to mention all forms of vote buying schemes offered to them. Votes are mostly based on the popularity of the candidate and not on integrity and the candidate’s capability to deliver results. Thus, most of these policticans, once voted to their… Read more »
libertas
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I go so that it might kick start noynoying aquino into listening, thinking, working and doing.

He is in last chance saloon, hence the panic announcement but he has already lost credibility and trust.

Only his idiotic one-line trolls are left, and they make him seem even more pathetic.

Tick tock

Leb
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I don’t think going to Luneta will stop or end corruption. Not even a march by millions of people. Nothing can ever stop corruption but it can be minimized or controlled to a certain extent. It can be reduced from the level of ‘business as usual’ to ‘risky business’. I can suggest lots of ideas, which has already been said by others years and years ago, to solve/contain corruption but I would just summarize it for space saving purposes. A determined people and a no-nonsense leadership will be able to confront the corruption issue and finally get a hold of… Read more »
libertas
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The gathering/scandal has already achieved a modicum of success by creating a heightened sense of awareness, education, and a more circumspect view of politics which hopefully might translate into more personal responsibility over time, and contribute to a positive change in electoral apathy. Only time will tell.

People at the rally/march are angry at pnoy aquino for his inaction and hypocricy. His sudden about turn on pdaf is fooling no-one.

libertas
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Ironic korina ‘miss piggy’ sanchez here. (No mask required)
“Any comment on mar roxas increase in 2014 pork barrel, korina”
“Oink,oink”

libertas
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Pnoy aquino trying to piggy back on the peoples initiative ideally demonstrates the weakness and opportunism of a ‘leader’ who is only used to being in the rear, and licking ass.
Now his ass is being kicked.
A pathetic attempt by a pathetic individual.

siomai
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Renato Corona has the guts to go there. Siya nga ay guilty sa corruption (non declaration of wealth) tapos against siya sa pork barrel? Tama lang na i-boo siya.

siomai
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Lol! And the attendance is not greater than 100K. Is that what you call people? Ang EDSA ay mas marami ang dumalo.

barbero
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If I were you I wouldn’t put my hopes too high (I personally don’t believe it). Possible outcome 1)Give pork barrel a new name and pop a stupid news (aannounce lang ng ABS na nabuntis si mariang makiling ni juan mario ala na yang PDAF issue na yan) 2)Martial law

IASK
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“What the gathering really outlines is the fact that most Filipinos haven’t understood this one simple idea: You get the government that you deserve. It seems the only time that people participate in democratic governance is when (1) there is an election and (2) when there is a scandal.” Can you really expect people to be on monitor 24/7? If the people deserve the government they get because they do not monitor, then how about other nations that have equally or even less democratically active citizens but with better government? Or do you mean “because our government is elected through… Read more »
MidwayHaven
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Um, Aquino didn’t disclose anything yet.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Hi all! I just came home from the “million” people march and I think people who did the headcount actually counted the same people more than once. Whoever came up with the idea of tagging the thing as “million” people march ought to be shot in the head and buried in the middle of field in front of Quirino grandstand. It was a whole lot of nothing, except for the short part where Jograd Dela Torre (if anyone remembers who he is) sang a rather catchy tune. I left when Jim Paredes came up on stage and sang something —… Read more »
suckmedck
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@siomai: one word BOBO
you are a blinded yellow zombie, and i pity you for that. no wonder, this country is not progressing. you are easily fooled.. god bless the philippines

corey richard
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Please let me know when the one million BIKINI march is set for. All this other stuff is a waste of time. Filipinos are too complacent to do S H I T about anything here. This is a Country that has no clue what democracy is and really needs to be under control of a firm leader which it hasn’t had since Marcos

Peace Walker
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Guys, siomai must be “bida kapamilya”/”eduardo”/any other iteration of blind PNoy fanaticism. I thought he got wiped from GRP’s visitor record.

Hyden Toro
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Some of the opportunist politicians, like Aquino, will jump on the million march bandwagon. Identify themselves with the marchers, and claim it as their own. The best solution is to eliminate Aquino’s Pork Barrel. And his power to allocate these Pork Barrel to politicians. It is used as a source of large scale corruption.

Carles Xabier
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He said that he’s going to abolish pork barrel. In fact, he’s going to give money only to his cohorts. I’m sure the opposition members will either receive a little or nothing at all.