"The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, But because of the silence of good people!" - Napoleon

Saturday, August 17, 2013

MILLION PEOPLE MARCH TO LUNETA

The Million People March to Luneta will be happening on National Heroes' Day, August 26, 2013 starting at 9 in the morning. It's a people initiative that gained momentum in Facebook through the effort of Ms. Peachy Rallonza-Bretaña. As of posting, more than 1,500 people are going to the event.





Notable personalities like Rafael Alunan III, Carlos Celdran, and Jim Paredes have expressed their support to the people's march to urge the leaders of the Philippine government to abolish the pork barrel fund, formally known as PDAF or Priority Development Assistance Fund. 

Ms. Peachy Rallonza-Bretaña said, "Because we the taxpayers who pay our full taxes from our wages are the real heroes who should be heard by these MAFIA senators and congressmen. We need this outrage, anger to reach critical mass."

It is the right time for the Filipinos to be heard once again as one loud voice with raised fists against the massive corruption in the country. This is not a single person's fight but a nation shoving the politicians, waking them up, urging them to scrap the pork barrel system! 




15 comments:

  1. SASAMA AKO DITO!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Pork barrel scam? Isn't that been there done that? It's been there long before I had muwang sa mundo and it has never changed. Why the anger now? Because you saw Jeanne Napoles' lifestyle on Instagram and all of a sudden you're outraged? Why the outrage? Because all of a sudden, someone less pretty than you are, someone tackier than you are is living the lifestyle you can only dream about?

    My problem with Filipinos, and I'm one of them, is wala tayong paninindigan for the sake of standing up for what is right. Everything is so superficial. Nothing runs deep in our veins like it used to when there were still people who truly care about the poor and people who truly felt indignant of graft and corruption. Gone are the people who can topple a dictator or a sleazy and stupid actor. These people are probably in their 50s, 60s and 70s who raised kids who are comfortable in their lives or brats who have nothing better to do than flaunt their lifestyle on social media.

    I'm in my 40s now. I was in my teens in HS when the People Power revolution was happening. I remember feeling confused and scared but proud of those standing up for our freedom. I remember crying while watching on TV how people with their arms banded together, in the face of tanks and guns, softened the hearts of soldiers. It's a very distant memory of feeling the Filipino pride because people cared.

    People carried on with their lives and with the change in administration after President Aquino's term, things went back to BAU...Graft and corruption until someone else cries. I have left the Philippines in my young adult life in search of a better opportunity. I just thought my career aspirations are better pursued in the US because I was not born with the right last name or with the right family connections. I pursued the American dream because success, or failure, in America is on your own merit. It is living in the US that opened my eyes. Every time I went home for a visit, I felt the disappointment of what I witness. On the surface, the Philippines seemed successful. There were more malls than I can remember, there were more luxury stores than 80% of the population can truly afford and there were more cars than our roads can handle.

    Yet poverty is still widespread and unabated amidst the seeming economic achievements and luxury in the nation. We still showed the slowest rates of decline in poverty rates compared to neighboring countries. Do I sound really bleak and pessimistic when our GDP growth is better than China's? Yes, because I see the indifference. People just don't care. My own friends are now all successful in their own rights in my home country yet I do not sense the need to care about social issues. I love my friends to death and they are truly good people but I just don't think it's in our DNA to care whether someone is living below the poverty line and what we can do about it outside of helping those in our household like maids and drivers. We live such comfortable lives in big homes, nice condos and driving luxury cars that we are immune to poverty right before our very eyes because it's right there. You can see it, you live with it and it's just normal. And that's the indifference I sense amongst Filipinos. Yet you feel indignant about someone living such a luxurious life because they have more than you do. I wish you feel indignant not because these corrupt people stole your tax money and lived lives better than yours but you feel indignant because the money was stolen from the poor, stolen from the kid who can't go to school, stolen from the small farmers bent all day to provide for their families. Can you feel indignant over what Napoles did for them? Can you march in the streets for them?

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  3. .... Can you march in the streets for them?

    i know I'm an outsider looking in and you might say, how dare I have the audacity to criticize the Filipinos when I myself is sitting comfortably in the US. I know and I am eternally torned about it because I feel helpless and useless. A very wise successful man in his golden years once told me to go back home and give back to the country I once love. But every time I think of giving it all up and going home, I feel the fear of becoming indifferent like the rest of the nation or hating it because sometimes it's difficult for one man to swim against the tide. You can say I'm a coward (because I think I am) and you can hate me for what I said, but next time you drive by any shanties all over Manila and the rest of the country, ask yourself what you've done for them. Maybe if you join the march on August 26th, you can march for them.

    “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” ― Elie Wiesel

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  4. very well said, Anonymous @3:35 AM!

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  5. Marami na pong march na ginawa, alay-lakad, takbo sa kalikasan pero walang nangyari. Alam na ng mga bulok sa gobyerno kung paano i-deal ang ganitong paraan ng pagpprotesta, "TOLERANCE". E pakialam nya ba sa inyo, wala din naman magagawa yan. Habang kayo ay nasa gitna ng araw at ulan punong-puno ng pawis at perwisyo sa mga mamamayan dahil sa traffic, ang politikong inyong tinutuligsa ay andun sa kanyang opisina at ini-enjoy ang perang kanyang kinulikbat. Hindi pa ba kayo natututo? Ibahin nyo na po yung inyong stratehiya. Manhid po sila kaya nga masasama at walang konsyensya. What do you expect from a devil?

    Lahat po ng concern ay dapat maghanap ng mga taong my takot sa diyos, may malasakit sa kapwa at may angking talino at ilagay sa pwesto sa susunod na eleksyon, mula presidente hanggang barangay chairman.

    Marcha tayo ng marcha pagdating ng eleksyon yung mga corrupt naman binoboto natin. Yung mga batikang politiko din naman na magaling na magnakaw ang nilalagay natin sa pwesto.

    Ngayon pa lang maghanap na tayo ng mga kwalipikadong Filipino, kahit walang dugong politiko at kumbinsihin sya na tumakbo sa susunod an eleksyon at mag-ambag ang lahat ng mamayan para i-build ang kanyang pangalan at simulan ng ipakilala sa taumbayan.

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  6. August 26, 2013 Monday will be our Luneta assembly/rally/meeting/demonstrations/whatever you call , the reason is pork barrel scam. Do you know what we are going to do there, what? any idea. Maybe shouting, somebody with mike telling us this scam, somebody declaring something, etc. ,But after this rally , are there anybody take note about the agenda and result of rally. who will take note of the happening,objective,something agreement,anything that will come up valuable after this rally.I am thinking that somebody who will prepare a program what You gonna do for that duration of meeting. I suggest the following Agenda:

    1.0 Since People are the Boss, we ask the Government to create a website that We People can access to see,view,check,figure out,enlight,informed,gain knowledge,educate, keep balalance, monitor our Yearly budget, On going Project and its progress, Completed projects, Assigned Checker/auditor/incharged of the project, budget per project and its location, project progress with photograph say for 25%/50%/75%/and 100% status. In this way People can monitor them those in charge if they are doing something fishy/rot. Hello Buddy something do you want to add on this item.

    2.0 You ( yung mayaman, may kaya) make small investment for this rally that we may used on other future rally, You purchase a computer system that will list down all attendees of this rally that will agree on our Objective Request List. He /She will check down the request we want to the government . He/she has the signature,names,SSS no. or GSIS no. or anything ID known. The list is barcoded that once insert to computer printer it will automatically go to software program, no need to encode. Every one will be subject for filling the form( name,birthday,address,birthplace only , fingerprint,photoshot and this record will be used for every rally He She will attend in the future, next time finger print only and his her record will appear automatically. This procedure will formalize and list down People request.need,want,required in our Government. In this way a soft and hard copy of our rally will be presented to everyone which must be publish to all netwok. Let them the In charge the President say will received the request and act upon it accordingly with faith in God.

    3.0 Somebody should be in charge with the Safety and peaceful of this rally . Please refer below:

    a. People should be line up. More line up with side spacing.front and back spacing please….
    b. People should bring umbrella, kapote raincoat, sandwhich pag nagutom, water,ordinary cellphone, small wallet with address, one ID, and small amount of money( dont bring much money).Small chair is Comfortable.
    c. Somebody( yung mayaman, may kaya ) to purchase miryenda for all people who will attend and signed the attendance sheet for this rally.
    d. There will be non uniform cops all over the place to check terrorist, bayarang tao para manggulo, snatcher,taong di matino,etc.Mobile patrol should be around at least 15.Check packet and bag in order to confirm no grenade, weapon on it.
    e. Snipping dogs are around and monitor the places.
    f. 8 container van with ventilation should be dispatch for police used and above it with a man and telescope monitoring the people.
    g. Somebody to put Arrow direction where people should run and cover in case of violent such as grenade thrown and blast.A simple reminder was place all over for emergency procedure.
    h. Volunteers for first aide are required to be around at least 8 groups with ambulance.
    i. three fire truck volunteer should be available.
    j. tolda with fan available para sa Computers.
    k. Intelligence should be active 2 to 3 days before rally in 100 up to 300 meters from circumference of rally point5.0 God bless. Remember put God first and He will guide YOU
    August 21, 2013 Wednesday.

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  7. https://www.anonyme.com/View/445267d4-f30d-418e-9d73-435d7d0b93e9

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  8. Poem-Patawad Bukas

    Paunang Salita

    ANG “PATAWAD BUKAS”, AY ISANG URI NG LIHAM NA INUKIT AT BINUO PARA SA ATING MGA ANAK AT KABATAAN NG BAGONG HENERASYON.

    ANG LIHAM NA ITO AY ISANG URI NG PAGLALAHAD NG KALUNGKUTAN AT KAWALAN NG PAG-ASA SA MGA TUNAY NA PANGYAYARI SA PANAHON NG ATING NAGING BUHAY.

    SA GITNA NG PATULOY NA KABUKTUTAN AT PAGNANAKAW SA KABAN NG BAYAN NG MARAMING PINUNO NG BANSA, ANG PAGLALA NG ATING PANG-EKONOMIYA AT PAMPULITIKANG KALAGAYAN AT TILA WALA NG TIGIL NA PAGBULUSOK PABABA NG ATING BANSA, KARAPATAN NG ATING HENERASYON NA TAYO AY TANUNGIN KUNG PAANO NATIN SILA IPINAGLABAN.

    TAYONG MGA MAGULANG AY NAGSUMIKAP NA PAGHANDAAN ANG KANILANG KINABUKASAN AY TILA NAGING INUTIL SA PAGLABAN IPANG MASUGPO ANG KASALUKUYANG KAGANAPAN AT KAHIRAPAN.

    KUNG ANG KINAHINATNAN NG BUKAS AY HINDI MAILARAWAN SA HINAHARAP NA PANAHON, TIYAK ANG ATING MGA ANAK AT KABATAAN NG BUKAS, TAYONG PINANGGALINGAN NG LAHI ANG MAY DAPAT PANAGUTAN.

    MULA KAY GINOONG MARCOS HANGGANG KAY GINANG GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO, HALOS KUMULANG 50 TAONG PINAGSAMA-SAMA ANG TILA NASAYANG AT NAWALA.

    ANG MULTI-COLONIAL NA KAISIPAN NA WALANG GABAY AT PANANAW NG MGA KATUTUBONG KARAPATAN AY MALAKING BAHAGI MARAHIL NG WALANG BUDHING PAGNANAKAW NG MARAMING HALAL AT PINUNO NG BAYAN SA YAMAN NG SINILANGAN NA NAGING DAHILAN NG TAGILID NA KALAGAYAN PANGKALAHATAN.

    ANG LIHAM NA ITO ANG MAGBUBUNYAG NG MGA NAKALIPAS NA KAGANAPAN, KATOTOHANAN AT NG MGA DAPAT MANAGOT.

    KAIBIGAN, DAMAHIN ANG BAWA’T YUGTO. BIGKASIN MO SA SIMULA, HANGGANG KATAPUSAN.
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    1. salamat sa pagbahagi ng iyong katha, Ka Popong. saludo sa iyo.

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  9. Patawad Bukas"
    Si Popong po ito
    Katha noong Ika-25 ng Hulyo, 2006

    I
    Umaagos ang luha kasabay nitong katha
    nakabuo ng tula di naman ako makata
    hapdi ng damdamin sa liham lang maipapakita
    sa panalangin umasa darating din ang pag-asa.

    II
    Sa aking mga anak at mga anak ng bayani
    sa maraming henerasyon nais kong magbahagi
    ngayon palang kapatawaran aking nang hinihingi
    Sa hirap na dinaranas ng lahing kayumanggi.

    III
    Sa aking pagkakatayo pinilit kong lumaban
    sa gitna ng panahon na aking ginalawan
    katunggaling higante galit sa kinabukasan
    karapatan ng anak madiing natapakan.

    IV
    Lahi ni Adan walang kalaban-laban
    nagsisikap makaligtas sa digmaan ng kahirapan
    subali’t sa pagkakagumon mahirap pang makabangon
    Ang petsa ngayon tiyak ang pagsangayon.

    V
    Makikisig sa lalawigan sa senado at kongreso
    matitikas na pinuno at halal na pulitiko
    konsyensya nyo at damdamin ay mabilis na yugyugin
    patawad bukas lahi nyo ang sisingilin.

    VI
    Argumento ng pulitiko mga lider sa gobyerno
    mainit pa sa apoy na animo’y impyerno
    nakakaya pang isubo pagkain ng diretso
    sa harap ng bayang wala na pati impatso.

    VII
    Katungkulang dapat di tamang nagampanan
    bayan ko ngayon baliw na ang kalagayan
    di kayo patatawarin budhi nyo uusigin
    kidlat ng langit ay inyong dadamahin.

    VIII
    Bilyon-bilyong pagkakautang mga kinurakot sa Bayan
    Malaki ang kinalaman at isang katotohanan
    dami ng daldalan, away kaliwat-kanan
    dami ng batikusan yumuko na ang bayan.

    IX
    Isang mata ay imulat sa dako ng kahirapan
    malinaw ang hugis ng hayag na katotohanan
    madaling masilayan mga uhaw sa kayamanan
    karma ng bukas naghihintay na sa kadiliman.

    X
    Manhid pa rin ang damdamin, lugmok na ang kalagayan
    sinusuka na ng lipunan tila di pa rin nalalaman
    gumising nalang sa parehong kaisipan
    may panahon at pag-asa pa, o sige na kaibigan.

    XI
    Di naman lahat patuloy na nagkalat
    marami din namang lumaban sa alat
    subalit malakas ang asin ng dagat
    nahirapang kumilos gamitin ang dapat.

    XII
    Mataas man ang alon sa malawak na karagatan
    tutupad sa pangako ng patuloy na pagsagwan
    hahanapin ko ang lunas hahanapin ko ang bukas
    nais ko sa pag-ahon kahirapan ay kukupas.

    XIII
    Patawad bukas, patawad mahal kong bayan
    patuloy ang gahaman sa yaman at kapangyarihan
    Pilipinong lahi di tumigil magbakasakali
    patuloy sa paglaban at walang pasubali.

    XIV
    Hindi man nagtagumpay sa aking panahon
    sa kinabukasan nyo walang sapat na pabaon
    huwag ninyong tularan ang aking kahapon
    May mapait na aral dulot ng dapit-hapon.

    XV
    Sa bingit ng pagpanaw mahigpit na habilin
    Iginuhit ng kasaysayan ay dapat alamin
    kung ang kinahinatnan di pa rin mailarawan
    buksan itong liham ng maunawan.

    XVI
    Ibahagi ang bilin sa inyong kinabukasan
    Ipagpatuloy ang laban sa dulo man ng walang hanggan
    Ipaunawa ang akda sa makabagong mandirigma
    Patuloy na tumayo sikaping wag sumala

    XVII
    Sa liham ang tinuran, di isang karuwagan
    kundi katapangang maglahad ng katotohanan
    walang budhing magulang dito nyo malalaman
    basahin nyo sa simula hanggang katapusan.

    * * *Popong* * *

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    1. mahigpit na yakap sa yo, Popong.

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