Some Makati roads to be closed for pork protest
MANILA -- Makati City will close down Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas on Friday, October 4, for the protest action against the pork barrel system.
Starting at 10 a.m., the stretch of Paseo de Roxas from the corner of Ayala Avenue to Sedeño Street will be closed to traffic for the setting up of the staging area in front of the Ninoy Aquino statue.
At 2 p.m., both lanes of Ayala Avenue from Makati Avenue up to Herrera Street will also be closed to traffic for the people's assembly dubbed the "Million People March at Ayala."
Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.
The assembly time will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The main program will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Peachy Rallonza Bretaña, one of the organizers of the event, earlier said that unlike the first Million People March in Luneta last August 26, there will be speakers this Friday.
"Magkakaroon ng stage, kasi magkakaroon ng speakers. Kailangan malaman ng tao: 'Ano ba ang definition ng pork barrel?'" Bretaña said.
She said people will not stop from holding similar protests in the future until the government is able to heed their call to abolish the pork barrel system and set up mechanisms that will promote transparency. -- With report from ANC