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 »
Thomas Jefferson
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@Chrissie

The dictator BS Aquino is also a very dangerous man because he corrupted the lower house and the senate. The legislature is his rubber stamp. He is still trying to control the judiciary and the other machinery and instrumentalities of the State. I too am for the ouster by resignation or criminal conviction of this political monster!!!

christy
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I know that I want this guy out…but what if they have Binay to take over then? Yikes! I am quite reluctant now that I think over it. We’ve had many impeached before, only to find ourselves under more terrible ones. How about oust the whole administration, the whole congress, whole senate…in fact, the entirety of their circus! Things will never change until these goons are out of their games. Solution: I am hoping some gun-crazy loons/anarchists-not-paid-to-do-it would get their way in the presidential buildings and just shoot ’em all up. In this way, this would stir things up- and… 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.

Chrissie
Guest

Are you kidding? I’ve never worn anything yellow ever since Aquino became president (even as early as when he decided to run for president); never even used a yellow hanky. I’ve never trusted him. It’s not just about the pork barrel, though I’m all for scrapping it. Aquino should resign.

harold
Guest

mark my word. PNOY will never resign as chief executive

Ilda
Admin

How sad for the Filipino taxpayers.

harold
Guest

we all have opinions. but the majority of Filipinos have the final say, not you.

Ilda
Admin

How do you know what the majority want?

joeld
Guest

@ Ilda, he doesn’t know. Actually he doesn’t know anything at all, he just follows the herd to the slaughter. These idiots are what’s keeping this nation decades behind what it should be. I wish they could just be erased.

Ilda
Admin

Looks like this guy is just reading from a script.

joeld
Guest

“mark my word. PNOY will never resign as chief executive”

Of course he won’t. Resignation as a chief executive, takes a lot of honor and delicadeza, tons of compassion for the Filipino citizens, and a functioning moral compass. Things which Pnoy doesn’t have any of.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Haha, this troll is really that desperate to get humiliated here isn’t he.
He really thinks that we’ll listen to his Yellow BS.

The only thing he’ll get here is humiliation, he better quit his hopeless cause since his propaganda is very ineffective.

Blackagar Boltagon
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“we all have opinions. but the majority of Filipinos have the final say, not you.”

(Fact: what you have said is ‘the majority of the MANIPULATED and DECEIVED Filipinos have the final say, not you.’)

(Sorry if we’re not drinking the Yellow Kool-aide unlike you do.)

o'hara
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Agree. Knowing how bullheaded, or should I say, pigheaded, BS is, hell will freeze over before he gives up Malacanang. He firmly believes all the propaganda spewed by the fawning likes of valte, lacierda, carandung, quezon, and the whole yellow caboodle. Dense much?

Solution: read christy’s post.

Ilda
Admin

Nice try, harold!

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Notice how minions are yellow.

John Bay
Guest

Bears a resemblance too!

Yeba
Guest

…and stupid (laughs shallowly on pranks that is, well, shallow) just like in Despicable Me.

But aww, the ones in the movie are way cuter and forgivable than the (despicable, ahem) yellow minions we have in the country, lols 😛

harold
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it is a suggestion for the next #millionpeoplemarch, not a try. dapat bantayan ito ng mamamayan

Blackagar Boltagon
Guest

(Nope, but more of a try. Why? Because your a paid Malacanang hack who keeps on dividing the people.)

(Deal with it.) 😛

Johnny Derp
Guest

Nah, I wouldn’t wear yellow since it is the color of FEAR, COWARDICE and WEAKNESS which your gay lover in malacanang is so fond of wearing. Besides, your president is already wearing something yellow….his underwear! LOL

TROLL HARDER

Blackagar Boltagon
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(TROLL comment detected.)

Gogs
Member

The only March where Noynoy would be a VIP and even Grand Marshall would be a ____ Pride Parade . I know one thing . The color at those things ain’t yellow .

o'hara
Guest

Eeeewwww! Yellow??? Disgusting! Excuse me while I throw up!

Yeba
Guest

Yellow reminds me of phlegm, of liquid snot, of pus that needs to be discarded from our bodies.

No yellow please. 😛

Hyden Toro
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test

Hyden Toro
Guest

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.

NeoGeo
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“Aquino and his cahoots are now trembling inside. They see an unfolding of EDSA in their midst.”

Let’s be honest here. The million man (LOL) marches were another example of Filipino fail. It was just a bunch of people, mostly from the smartphone generation, pretending to have an important moment in Philippine history.

You’ll need more than a bunch of angry bloggers and Facebookers having a picnic to come close to EDSA type fear.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Aquino EDSA was full of “hakot” demonstrators. They allied themselves to the Catholic religion, because of the Land Reform implementation of Friar lands. Two political opportunists, like Ramos and Enrile, were also there; to push their own agendas in grabbing power. Unfortunately, they were not able to do so.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Aquino and his cahoots will sow dissension among the Filipinos. to prevent their unity…

Hyden Toro
Guest

okay

Hyden Toro
Guest

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 »
harold
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many will defend pnoy so the thing you are suggesting is next to impossible. take a look a kris aquino, which is all over the commercials. isang iyak niya lang maniniwala na ang tao kasi totoo siya sa mga sinasabi nya. stop that hopeless cause of yours.

Ilda
Admin

take a look a kris aquino, isang iyak niya lang maniniwala na ang tao

That’s proof that the Aquino-Cojuangco clan could be using emotional blackmail to stay in power.

Blackagar Boltagon
Guest

(And you must stop this hopeless cause of yours because it adds nothing more than YELLOW PROPAGANDA.)

(Your cause is just TROLLING. Keep on lying since you enjoyed yourself being EVIL).

😀

Blackagar Boltagon
Guest

(Right, because you admit that Filipinos are stupid and gullible. They never use their BRAINS and they use EMOTIONS instead.)

(She’s the one who ruined James Yap’s life. And that, TROLLFAG, is a FACT.)

(Deal with it.)

(Deleting your SPAM-fillled comments will be the greatest thing EVER.) 😀

hydentoro
Guest

Not all Filipinos…dude…however, most of them. Kris Aquino will just open her legs…and votes will flow to her.

Johnny Derp
Guest

“Many will defend pnoy”
Oh really? Then can you tell us why his TRUE trust ratingis dwindling rapidly?
why does he keep hiring idiots like YOU to defend him?
Face it, your president is already doomed to fall and the truth is that idiots like you are only speeding up his downfall by spreading pathetic propaganda.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Kris”iamaslut” Aquino doesn’t deserve pity for what she did to her numerous ex-boyfriends and 1 ex husband.

Hyden Toro
Guest

A nymphomaniac will always there prowling for men to swallow..

domo
Guest

Pfft yeah right kriSTD a.k.a. the biggest bitch in the whole fliplandia. We’re not watching telebasura to just believe her showbiz-like fake cries you dummkopf. Btw malaki ba ang binayad sa iyo ni carandung? Balato naman o.

o'hara
Guest

“take a look a kris aquino, which is all over the commercials. isang iyak niya lang maniniwala na ang tao kasi totoo siya sa mga sinasabi nya.”

Hypocrisy, thy name is kristd errr…kris aquino!

Gullible harold…kawawa ka naman!!! lol!

barbero
Guest

harold you forces me out of my lurker mode.

Your right harold, am not surprise the majority of the failipinos believes what ever Kris endorses. Failipinos aren’t called the most stupid nation for nothing. Its just a manifestation of who really the failipinos are. STUPID!

barbero
Guest

monkey see monkey do.. how true..

barbero
Guest

If kris or penoy endorse eating shit – of course you harold and the Failipino will eat shit.

joeld
Guest

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.

Johnny Derp
Guest

This troll doesn’t even realize that lemmings are just like the yellows, they follow the aquinos till the lead themselves to fall off to their deaths.

The poor troll doesn’t realize that he’s outgunned here.

Blackagar Boltagon
Guest

(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.)

😀

Johnny Derp
Guest

Yep, 100% accurate. That’s pretty much what those moronic malacanang trolls are in a nutshell.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Although, he isn’t that close to destroying this site, he couldn’t even make a single dent in this site’s armor.
He’s like someone attempting to shoot a peashooter against a large gundam.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

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
Guest
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 »
Gogs
Member

Not gonna happen. “Harold ” has had a long presence in GRP under many names. Just like all throughout history there was Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub , the devil,.

Johnny Derp
Guest

He definitely had a long list of names that he used here that got vanquished by us GRP peeps.
He certainly is a persistent idiot isn’t he?
He still couldn’t take the hint that his propaganda isn’t working at all.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

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!!!

John Bay
Guest

Bunch of Liars!

br0man17
Guest
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
Guest
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 »
br0man17
Guest
Exactly! Why ask questions that we may ALREADY have an answer too. We know its happening but if we are here to just acknowledge that these things happen from a day to day basis then why talk about it all. Most of these people already know what needs to be done, however if its just here say and we dont act on the idea then its pretty much useless. Look at these people for instance, Malcolm X, Washington or Jone of Ark, these people saw oppression and took it upon themselves with action. Their enemies oppressed them and mistreated them… Read more »
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