Why some young students joined Million People March
MANILA - Thousands of students took part in the "Million People March" against the pork barrel in Luneta on Monday.
Among them is 19-year-old Gio Fuentabella from De La Salle Dasmariñas.
Gio admits feeling both nervous and excited before marching to the Quirino Grandstand, this being the first rally he has ever attended.
However, it is the feeling of social responsibility that compelled the teenager to join the protest instead of enjoying the holiday like some of his classmates.
"Naiinis ako, nakakainis talaga! Kasi naman developing nation pa tayo at maraming naghihirap, tapos ninanakaw lang ng ibang yung pera natin," exclaims Gio.
Leading the De La Salle Philippines contingent is Brother President JJ Jimenez. He believes that it is only fitting for people to gather and express their dismay over the continuing abuse of power and corruption in government.
"Kasi yung ordinaryong mamamayan naman, wala silang kapangyarihan na gumawa ng mga batas, ito lang ang kanilang avenue para marinig," says Jimenez.
In Luneta, the students formed discussion groups and shared their thoughts and insights on the issue of pork barrel. Gio listened intently.
Students from other schools such as St. Scholastica, UP, PUP, and UST were also scattered in Luneta park.
Although there wasn't any unified program to bring the groups together, they were nonetheless unified by their rage against the pork barrel, which has come to symbolize corruption and patronage politics.