#MillionPeopleMarch tops local Twitter trends
MANILA -- The hashtag #MillionPeopleMarch became the top local trending topic on the microblogging site Twitter on Monday as Filipinos continue to troop to Rizal Park for the anti-pork barrel rally.
"Million People March" refers to the rally scheduled on August 26, which is a holiday because of National Heroes' Day.
The social media-spawned protest calls for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, more commonly known as the pork barrel.
The hashtag #MillionPeopleMarch is the No. 1 trending local Twitter topic as of writing, with several Filipinos using the microblogging site to voice out their reasons for taking part in the protest.
Celebrities also joined in promoting the event, with most of them posting photos of themselves in the middle of the action.
I am Mylene Dizon, Pinoy ako. I pay my taxes, on-time and in full. You, my government, owe me an… http://t.co/HkEroM66B9
— Mylene Dizon (@MissMyleneDizon) August 20, 2013
— Jhong hilario (@jhongsample) August 26, 2013
— isabelle daza (@isabelledaza) August 26, 2013
I am going to the #MillionPeopleMarch.
— kean cipriano (@keancipriano) August 26, 2013
— Ping Medina (@PingMedina) August 26, 2013
#MillionPeopleMarch let's stand for what is right!
— JAMICH (@ilovejamich) August 26, 2013
FACT: if u gave EACH PERSON at #MillionPeopleMarch TEN of the highest bill denomination we have, it will still be less than what they stole.
— Mo Twister (@djmotwister) August 26, 2013
— Isabella Magalona (@saabmagalona) August 26, 2013
May our voices be heard and may this be a step forward for our nation. Be safe, stand firm. #MillionPeopleMarch
— Cesca Litton (@CheckLit) August 26, 2013
— Miriam Quiambao (@miriamq) August 26, 2013
From what I understand, Philippines is a rich country with bad people managing a lot of that money. It changes today. #MillionPeopleMarch
— Mikey Bustos (@MikeyBustos) August 26, 2013
A number of political figures were also spotted at the Million People March including deposed chief justice Renato Corona, who reportedly left after being heckled by the crowd.