The Latest One Million People March: It’s Aftermath and Its Lesson in Division

We have again another wave of people flocking into another major thoroughfare (Ayala) in protest of the Pork Barrel scheme, or is it more about the Napoles Pork Barrel scam? Let us try not to get confused. With such a wide range of participation ranging from T-Shirt vendors to the supposed “original” #scrappork organizers, what is more prevalent in the social media in the following days was the supposed hijacking of the latest Million People March (MPM). Indeed being a consolidation of sorties would eventually result in a myriad of colors ranging from yellow to red. Some seem to be more irate than the others saying that a call for ouster or resignation wasn’t the intent of the rally. But who is to say which belongs where when it looks to me that everyone seems to have been invited to the party. This supposedly being a democratic exercise, you would think that everyone was free to come in his or her own costume and effigy.

Despite the noisy lessons in division, I would think that the rally was about the abolition of the Pork Barrel and all of its variations that may include the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). What is good about these democratic exercises, no matter how nuanced they may be is that they do raise such an awareness that our levels of sophistication has increased. People are more aware and discerning of the practices of government; the latest being that DAP might or might not be Pork. There are simplistic notions that if it smells like pork and tastes like pork, then it must be pork. Notwithstanding, the admission of the administration that the DAP could have been misused, makes it subject to similar flaws that is noted from the original pork which I wrote about in my short blog “The Pork Ball From Different Angles”.

Besides the distractions, scapegoating and public lynchings that is being dished out at the public, the administration with no less than the President is being called to account. The public could not help but be annoyed about his arrogant responses to the ramifications of his possible faults. This attitude could only backfire at him as well at his cordon of allies. With so much division being noted in these recent rallies, what is undeniable is the indication of the Liberal Party’s eroding political capital. Trust is in high demand and the president’s cache is fast being depleted.

What is more worrisome is the lack of a coherent response from government in ways that would assuage the public’s desire to be heard. It is clear  that the citizenry wants all forms of qualified pork barrel to be scrapped. It is clear that the President has the ultimate responsibility to make good on his promises of “Daan na Matuwid” that is centered on the eradication of systemic corruption. This of course includes corruption and all its instruments being the pork barrel. In my last blog entitled: “Million People March: 4 Clues as to Whether or Not we are Actually going Anywhere”, the evidence of traction could be seen if our movement is progressing along its steps. These steps go from the general to specific. Namely Principle, Policy, Process and Procedures.

I am quite happy to see that people such as Inday Espina-Varona has been trying to sustain the movement from MPM through the use of the social media. The agenda tends to be clearer when they are stated rather than implied. It also gives a semblance of traction by bringing the issues to proper debate.

While I am not one with those who are calling for the President’s ouster (yet), I also believe that the President needs to face the issue head-on. We have done ousters and impeachments before and we’re still in the same corruption riddled state after twenty-seven years! I am not sure that this drama even works. Even with a celebrated impeachment we were not able to eradicate corruption. I was really hoping we could actually get somewhere by now, and so was the promise of B.S. Aquino. Sincerity is marked by action, rather than words. I am sure that if we were able to abolish pork barrel in this administration it would be a heralded achievement that could redeem his eroding popularity. It is time for our people in government to either step-up or step-down lest our concerned citizens occupy another major thoroughfare soon enough.

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John is a Senior Management Consultant for Strategy and Planning and has consulted with some of the most famous local and international companies. He has a combined experience of 15 years in the area of Enterprise Development and Corporate Strategic Planning. He has been a Professional Manager, a Management Consultant a Development Economist and an NGO Executive Director.

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John is a Senior Management Consultant for Strategy and Planning and has consulted with some of the most famous local and international companies. He has a combined experience of 15 years in the area of Enterprise Development and Corporate Strategic Planning. He has been a Professional Manager, a Management Consultant a Development Economist and an NGO Executive Director.

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Chrissie
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I’m for Aquino’s ouster because I can’t find it in my heart to trust a president who spent the first half of his term utterly destroying the country’s democratic institutions for the singular purpose of waging an irrational and bitter war of personal vendetta, and who promised to take us to heaven but who took us to hell instead. We give second chances to those who show remorse and the commitment to amend their ways, which this president does not even hint at considering his arrogance. Of course, though, I understand that we are in a democracy, and if majority… Read more »
harold
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We must wear yellow shirts in the next big march that will happen. With that, we tell the president that we need him to abolish the pork completely.

Hyden Toro
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test

Hyden Toro
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Aquino and his cahoots are now trembling inside. They see an unfolding of EDSA in their midst. Aquino cannot answer the Pork Barrel scam. Because he used Pork Barrel to buy the shifting loyalties of opportunist politicians.
What we need is a French style revolution. Bring back the French Guillotine. And, let us cut the heads of these Politician scums of this nation, at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo. Drag Aquino out of Malacanang, kicking and screaming. Then, burn him on the stake. He is a plague like the bubonic plague.

Hyden Toro
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okay

Hyden Toro
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wtf

christy
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I think what is actually needed is changing our rally tactics. Just crying out “Resign (name)” would not help if these same guys who set this one up would replace him with another fool. I think that when we call out for his resignation, we should either: accompany it with the slogan that says to have a new leader (specify name you wish to call out) who is deserving of this position or give them blood-chilling threats if ever they replace this last fool with a Binay/or the rest of PNoy’s cohorts. By just simply crying out “PNoy Resign!”…this is… Read more »
joeld
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Defend Pnoy? What a load of bull crap!! Ano siya, hari?

What is the pint of dragging Kris Aquino in the discussion? You really believe what comes out of her mouth? “He gave me STD, huhuhuhu” believe that now?

I kid you not, the Aquinos and people like you brought this country decades behind since 1986. You are not worth calling Filipinos, or humans for that matter, lemmings pa puede.

Blackagar Boltagon
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(My fellow subjects, here is the truth about the one who is named ‘harold’:)

(‘Hi guys, my name is harold and I’m just here to TROLL on everyone. I’m a proud Abnoy cocksucker and always get a paycheck from Mr. Ricky Carandang, all for the sake of DESTROYING this site and even this country. I love being stupid and make all Filipinos stupid just like me and my gay lover Abnoy! Hey, GRP losers, get to me LAWLAWLAWL’ XD)

(And then harold would never reply back. Why? Because what I’ve said is accurately 100% TRUTH.)

😀

Thomas Jefferson
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May I suggest to the moderator to either warn and/or delete the ridiculous yellow malacanang trolls from their divide and rule game. Wish we could do the same in the coming rallies… Police our own ranks and get rid of the yellow followers of perdition who are doing divide and rule as a malacanang tactic just like they did in Cebu. Thanks and more power!

christy
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To the one called “harold”. You share that backward mindset like the rest of the ilk in that sheltered Malacanang Palace. My mother just came back from the Philippines today. Hearing about how much my relatives back home barely bringing home some bacon isn’t all something you’d want to hear. I am often now hearing relatives and friends getting cancer, getting heart attacks, blah, blah…and all this depressing shit. Then, what used to be my old hometown now crowded with commercial buildings (Talamban, Cebu), now gets floods over there. Now, is this the shit you wish to hear everyday? Even… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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I was watching Jessica Soho’s State of the Nation on GMA channel 15. Some senators have all the nerve to say that the PDAF and DAP are constitutional. They are preempting the Supreme Court on this. The PDAF and DAP are conduits of massive graft and corruption plus money laundering. So do you believe that a people’s initiative to abolish PDAF/DAP is feasible? Down with the yellow political monster in malacanang!!!

br0man17
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Another EDSA 3 right, if this were to happen this would be our 3rd revolt. Its gotten to the point where things like this happen predominantly with country without fail all the time. How many people do we need to remove in government and then put in another corrupt official? I sometimes read these post, but lets be honest, this is banter without action being taken, we post our hatred our cries and annoyances of this so called government daily but is there any change? At this point in time, to peacefully put an end to the corruption is impossible,… Read more »
Gerry
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This essay is from a guy who is supposed to have credentials and be a ‘go-to’ guy for advice/consulting? When he states that he is not even sure if the MPM/EDSA rallies of past and present work, and then states the obvious: “after 27 years we have the same corruption riddled mess”, he has answered his own question, and does he even realize it? (the answer is a resounding: NO, the MPM/EDSA’s do not work.) It CAN be difficult to see things for what they are the first time around (unless you are a ‘string-puller’/person of power or a discerning… Read more »