'Million People March' not pushing for PNoy impeachment
MANILA -- Political satirist Mae Paner, popularly known as "Juana Change," on Thursday clarified that she and the other people behind the second Million People March set in Makati on Friday are not pushing for the impeachment of President Benigno Aquino III.
In an interview with radio dzMM, Paner said they are focused on "abolishing not a leader but the system."
"It's the pork barrel system that we want to let go," she said.
"Kung maaalis yun, hindi ba kahit na natapos na ang 2016, kahit sino pang pumalit, hindi ba ang sistema magiging mas maayos? Sinasabi nga namin sa tuwid na daan, tuwid ang pamamaraan," she added.
Paner said the organizers of the protest action, which was first staged in Luneta last August 26, are still pushing for the same things -- abolition of the whole pork barrel system, transparency and punishment of the guilty.
She explained that they were not satisfied with Aquino's supposed abolition of the lawmakers' Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), noting that it may just be called by another name.
She added that other existing lump sum funds are still considered pork barrel. These include the President's Social Fund and the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
"Tinanggal lang niya yung ayaw niya o feeling niya yun lang ang PDAF... Pero hindi niya tinanggal ang lahat. Ang panawagan ay abolish the pork barrel system, as in everything," she said.
Paner said the whole pork barrel system only breeds corruption and patronage politics.
"Masyado kang malapit sa tukso," she said of Aquino's discretionary funds.
"Di pwede yung remedy-remedy lang," she added.
Meanwhile, Paner also appealed for patience from motorists and commuters who might be affected by the heavy traffic that will be caused by the protest action tomorrow.
Paner said this would only be a "small inconvenience for a bigger cause."
The assembly time for the Million People March in Ayala will be at 3 p.m. The main program will follow at 5 p.m.
Performers include Lolita Carbon, Cookie Chua, Bayang Barrios, Jograd dela Torre, Darryl Shy and others.