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Filipino workers overseas hold protests vs ‘pork,’ corruption

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MANILA, Philippines–An alliance of overseas Filipino workers on Monday launched simultaneous protest actions against the pork barrel system as tens of thousands of gathered at Rizal Park in Manila Monday morning for the “Million People March.”

According to Garry Martinez, chairperson of Migrante International, its chapters, members and affiliate members across the globe “found different ways and various forms to participate and show their outrage against corruption in the Aquino government.”

He said protest actions were held by OFWs in Asia, North Africa, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand and Europe to condemn President Aquino’s “hypocrisy and deception in his recent double-speak on the abolition of the pork barrel when his P1-trillion presidential pork and the P26-billion congressional pork remain in the 2014 national budget.”

Martinez said Migrante International initiated simultaneous global protests also to demand accountability and the prosecution of all those involved in the P10-billion pork barrel scam masterminded by fugitive businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

The group also called for the re-channeling of the pork barrel to provide free, more accessible and more efficient services and welfare assistance for OFWs in distress, he said.

“For the OFWs, it is only fitting that protests culminate today, National Heroes’ Day,” he added. “Dubbed the modern-day heroes, the OFWs are claiming their stake in the call to abolish Aquino’s pork barrel.”

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  • ruben_bush

    Please be careful with the photo you place in your story. The photos of the people protesting in Bangkok are NOT in anyway connected to Migrante. These are ordinary Filipinos who are angry with the corruption of our government officials and they would like to call for transparency and for the enactment of the Freedom of Information Law.

    • ruben_bush

      Thanks for removing the photo. Malaking embarassment sa mga friends namin sa Bangkok na i-associate sa grupong Migrante.

  • bangopuwet

    If this is really Migrante, then this is a communist group trying to force itself to the mass to further their cause. We don’t need you, BAYAN Muna, KMU, Gabriella and all communist groups to join us.

  • joboni96

    masasabi ko lang ay mabuhay kayo at
    congrats for a successful rally

    but you’re barking at the smaller tree
    the biggest tree is happening in camp aguinaldo

    where collaborators gasmin, del rosario and cohorts
    are scheming with the imperialist to trample our constitution

    surrendering our sovereignty to the imperialist
    who will lead us again on the road to national tragedy

    warring with the intsik switik sea/island grabber
    in our territory

    hindi lang pagnanakaw tulad sa pdaf
    kundi susunugin ang pamayanan natin ulit

    the same tragedy when the u.s. imperialist warred with
    spain in 1898 and japan in ww2, in our own country

    mangangatog tuhod ng mga gorilya sa u.s. embassy
    when we can organize a bigger rally to reclaim our sovereignty

    • desi derata

      Shut up, commie. Roll out the red carpet for your red masters.

    • BIGButo

      Utak

  • desi derata

    Hey Migrante,

    I have not heard from you regarding the abuse by the Philippine Embassy officials on the sex-for-flight white slavery.

    Are you in connivance with those animals?

  • magiting78

    Cno naman tong migrante na to OFW ako pero hnd ko kilala tong mga kumag na ito at wala ako alam n nagawa ng mga ito s OFW….epal n namn…

  • superpilipinas

    Way to go…Migrante. Far from homeland but united in spirit. Keep it up. Please post pictures of the protests on media or social networks

  • Manong_Kwarog

    Well, there you are again…..please naman huwag na kayong sumali…….we all know your agenda…..that is to grab this government and present it to your master…China!!!!

  • drefaura

    .we got rained out here too in front of the PH consulate; otherwise, all is good.we stood it out, freezing rain and wicked winds..



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