Filipinos also stage 'pork' protest in Canada
VANCOUVER, Canada - Their numbers may be far from the hundreds of thousands in Luneta, but kababayans in Vancouver didn't let this stop them from supporting the 'Million People March' in Manila against the Priority Development Assistance Fund, or 'pork barrel'.
"Itong protestang ito ipinapakita natin ang power natin. Yung galit ko, mga taong galing sa atin, magtatrabaho dito, iniwan pamilya para lang magtrabaho ipadala pera tapos makita mo yung mga politicians natin, dios mio, walang ginawa kundi magpayaman. It makes me emotional," said Treenee Lopez, president of the Global Pinoy Diaspora.
Kababayans turned a Sunday picnic into a protest. They say President Aquino's announcement on the scrapping of pork barrel was not enough. They called on kababayans in different parts of the world to stay vigilant.
"President Aquino so called scrapped the pork barrel only after we have planned a mass action, because of the pressure coming from the people he has to abide…accountability, transparency and prosecution. Baka nakakalimutan ng mga tao at gobyerno na ito ang susunod na dapat gawin. Hindi lang gobyerno, pati ang paka-vigilante ng mga mamamayan," said Freddie Bagunu said.
Various speakers shared their sentiments on the pork barrel issue. They gathered signatures to prove that despite being abroad, they are one with fellow Filipinos back home in disgust over abuses in the use of taxpayers' money.
"Nandoon pa rin ang puso ng mga Pinoy, hindi naman natin makakalimutan ang ating mga kababayan na naiwan sa Pilipinas," said Tony Calderon of One Fil-Coop.
Bagunu added, "Patuloy tayong maging vigilant. Tayo ay mga Pilipino, narito lamang para mag hanap-buhay. Ayaw natin bumalik doon sapagkat mahirap. Ma-swerte tayo sa Canada, we are comfortable here why do we have to do this mass action? Kasi nga po ang puso namin ay nasa Pilipinas pa rin."
They vow more protests will continue on the pork barrel issue.