Social media users dominate Million People March

Posted at 08/26/2013 5:42 PM | Updated as of 08/27/2013 9:28 PM

MANILA - Dark-skinned, sweating, and "amoy araw" (stinking) are often the trademarks of common protest participants that people get to encounter.

But at Monday gathering in Luneta, fair-skinned and well-dressed Filipinos accounted for the majority of people who joined the protest against misuse of pork barrel funds.

Most did not bring posters or flags in the protest, but they had with them their smartphones and tablets, constantly giving status updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Two retired employees, Melo and Bobby Tinio, were among those who attended the event.

Mrs. Tinio said she learned of the event through Facebook.

AJ Saliba, meanwhile, brought with him his wife and two daughters after learning through Facebook that a gathering was set today at Luneta.

According to his daughter Stephanie, her father is the most active member of the family in using Facebook.

"Siya po yung nagsabi sa amin na mas maganda nga daw na makita namin iyung mismong event so mas matindihan namin kung ano meron sa pork barrel," she said.

There's also Abner Manlapaz from Valenzuela City, who came in a wheelchair, dragging himself through the puddle despite his disability.

Thea, who is gay, wore a mini skirt, trying to experience for the first time how it is to be in a protest, and a middle-aged woman who never lost her fashion sense while going through the crowd.

Carmen Palileo-Katigbak, who is 84, said she is never too tired to join a protest like this one, especially if it's for the country.

But why do they really hate pork?

"Bagamat ang itsura ko po ngayon ay sumasalamin sa pagiging pork, pero nakikita naman po natin na kung anong pork po na ito ay ginamit lang po ng tama, most likely hindi po namin ito aayawan" said Jeffrey Quodala, who was one of thousands who defied the gloomy weather and voiced out their opposition against the unjust use of pork barrel funds.