(photos by JM Dumlao)
Fun was had today, mostly talking about everything from socio-political issues to the most random personal issues with the girls, JM and Candice. I love days like these. It's the National Heroes' Day and holiday hence the free time spent at the Pancake House in the local Lim Ketkai Mall.
After that quick, refreshing time with the girls was the rally that called for the abolition of the Pork Barrel or the Priority Development Assistance Fund. If you have been following this national sociopolitical mess on TV and the newspapers and even the radio, you'd probably know what I mean. Throw in the name Napoles and yep, I am pretty sure you know that all that did was give the Philippines a bad name and throw it right up to the top of the list of countries with the most cases of corruption. As if we already need enough things to destroy the country's image with all the sociopolitical scandals we've had in the past. Here are images from the rally I've gathered and taken earlier this afternoon. It'd probably help to click on the collage and enlarge it. That aside, this was held in Gaston Park, Cagayan de Oro City and not where more than 80,000 people gathered in Metro Manila's Luneta Park. It's a small rally against PDAF attended mostly by middle class families, NGOs (non-government organizations), religious groups, university organizations and others. This is about 1/4th or worse, 1/10th of the people that attended the event at the Luneta Park in the country's capital.
I might have missed the CDO for Peace Rally/Walk for Peace (in CDO) after the bombing incident at Rosario Arcade, but I was present to witness this one. Who knew listening to talks and fun, improvised production numbers between the talks was...fun? But in no way am I an activist---let's set the record straight here. Most of the time, I hate politics but if it runs across innocent masses of people, that's the time I'd join in whatever sociopolitical cause the majority rally upon.