Student, youth groups to spearhead ‘Friday the 13th’ Luneta rally, religious sector backs protest

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By Joey Natividad

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region, 13Sept2013 (BicolToday.com) – Students from Metro Manila’s universities will be spearheading the scheduled Sept. 13 #Abolishpork rally at the Luneta, organizers said.

The big rally will be joined by the religious sector, including members of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), the Roman Catholic Church, and other protestant groups.

UCCP Bishops expressed their indignation over the depth of corruption involving people’s money by government and public officials. They signed a joint manifesto which also cast doubt on President Aquino’s handling of his presidential pork barrel, considered as “risky”. (see related article)

At the #Abolishpork Movement’s meeting at the Sto. Domingo Church last Tuesday (Sept. 3), representatives of the groups,Youth Act Now and Youth Revolt, were the ones who proposed to have a rally at the Luneta, from 3-6 p.m. on Sept. 13.

According to YOUTH ACT NOW Spokesperson Victor Villanueva, they are expecting students especially from the universities along Taft Ave., Intramuros and the University Belt to come en masse.

“The students are shocked at the extent of the corruption and want to express their stand against the pork barrel system. We hope to be with our parents on that day who are just as concerned as we are about the money they are paying as taxpayers,” said Villanueva in a statement sent to BicolToday.com.

Religious organizations have proposed an interfaith service to kick off the rally. A concert right after the rally is also being proposed by some musicians.

The #Abolishpork Movement and the Sept. 13 rally are the offshoot of the Sept. 3 meeting attended by anti-pork barrel groups, netizens and concerned individuals at the Sto. Domingo Church.

The group issued a call to action demanding the abolition of the pork barrel system, the prosecution of all those involved in the pork barrel scam, and the rechanelling of the pork barrel funds to social services. [BicolToday.com]

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