August 26, 2013

National Heroes Day with ‘Million People March’

The “Million People March,” which started as an online campaign against the Priority Development Assistance Fund, aims to gather a million people on National Heroes Day, Monday, August 26, 2013.

Let's work together, stand up and be counted .. for our country for our future and for the greater good.
The initial plan of a peaceful rally in Luneta is a national campaign as enraged netizens agreed to hold similar protest actions in various convergence points across the country.

According to Noemi Lardizabal Dado, "there are no “central organizers” for the event, some of them met last week to talk about several issues involving the “picnic protest.”


"This is NOT a duplicate event. I created this event page for our network of friends interested to meet up on August 26 and assemble at the Luneta Grounds of the Quirino Grandstand for the August 26 facebook event as posted "MILLION PEOPLE MARCH TO LUNETA AUGUST 26: SA ARAW NG MGA BAYANI. PROTESTA ng BAYAN!!!"


Let's meet up. Many groups will be present on this day. I am only one out of many concerned citizens . I took it upon myself to ensure the safety of those that I invited . Together with a group of concerned citizens (who do not wish to be named), we aligned our messaging and logistics. There is no organizer except that, there is the Facebook admin (Peachy Bretana) and Kiko Acero who will speak to media.

The KEY MESSAGES for August 26.

1. The PDAF or Pork Barrel Fund be scrapped.
2. All the Government Officials who are found to be involved in the malversation of the Pork Barrel Funds issued to them as well as all private individuals involved be held liable civilly and criminally for such following the proper legal procedure before the proper 
legal venues.

HASHTAG: #ScrapPork

MEETING PLACE

Entrance is at the Carabao part by Roxas Boulevard. The protest area is on Burnham Greens across the Quirino grandstand and Rizal Monument

Time: 9:00 AM at our designated places in Luneta (See sector map )
Ends at 2:00 PM

COLOR THEME: any desired color. 

See me at Sector 6AB (see sector map) Since I want to be easily spotted, I will wear Teal sun hat and light blueTop. I will also bring a flag to wave so you can easily spot our network of friends.

Hashtag is #ScrapPork

(Updated as of Aug 25 7AM)

REMINDERS

1.There is no central organizer, it’s a citizen’s gathering; all are welcome
This is a peaceful gathering, so always be respectful of others and let’s cover each others backs

No central stage but small pockets with apple boxes for each group who wants to set up one; Each group would be in charge of their own activities

2. All picnic goers are expected to clean up after themselves, so please bring garbage bags

3. Look after your valuables

Rizal Park, including the Burnham Greens (grassy area of the main gathering), is a NO SMOKING AREA; drinking of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited
If you are bringing young children, you may consider putting a label on their wrist with contact information in case they stray away from you

4. Look after your own group and make sure we maintain proper decorum and discipline

5. Let’s show the world that we can all gather in a peaceful, harmonious, cooperative and caring way.

LOGISTICS present:

1. Video wall in the center- for hashtag #ScrapPork

2. Command Center and First aid station beside Video Wall- for general announcements, two police with radio for any reporting of incidents

3.. Ambulance on both sides of Quirino Grandstand

4. 700 marshals

You can also assign a marshal for your group and ask additional instructions from the command center.

5. 2,000 police officers to protect participants from criminal elements and "ensure peace and order is maintained." ( they will be on standby , not on meeting place)

6. K9 unit

7. Around 50 portalets, donated by various participants and private companies, will be installed around the park. Ambulances from Red Cross, Department of Health and Rock Ed Philippines will be on standby on all sides of the park to attend to health concerns of participants. (Via Rappler)

8. "This is a rally that will not have one stage, to be taken over by the next opportunist. this is a multicolor rally as it is one that will allow for flags and banners. " (Via Radikalchick)

9 . "Wear what you want, come in any color, come as an individual or as a member of the group, bring a flag especially if you expect students from your school, or more people to gather around your stage. " (Via Radikalchick)

10. "the goal should be to actually go and make your voice count and make your presence felt. " (Via Radikalchick)

"you and i can go, without an organizational banner or t-shirt defining us, and with only our own families and friends. we can even walk in by ourselves and sit with any group at all, and understand what they mean when they say scrap pork." (Via Radikalchick) http://www.radikalchick.com/why-should-you-go-the-august-26-rally/


WHAT TO BRING/WEAR:

1. Comfortable clothing and footwear (rubber shoes or slippers)
2. Extra shirt / face towel
3. Cap / raincoat /umbrella
4. Sunblock / insect repellant
5. Drinking water, snacks/food; pack extra to share with friends and/or donate to volunteers and marshals (please use reusable water bottles)
6. Garbage bags
7. Banig/mats, chairs, pillows
8. Portable radios and/or televisions
9. Friends and your conviction
10. Commitment to be the change you want to see

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DECIDE TO GO:

1. Go in a group; bring officemates, schoolmates, barkada, like-minded friends and family

2. Bring music, entertainment, karaoke

3. Conduct small teach-ins/discussion groups

4. Visit other groups at the picnic, talk with them, exchange (friendly) views and make new friends and connections

5. You may Sign the petitions at the change.org table near the video wall
Bring food and water to share

6. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ScrapPork – let’s trend worldwide on 26 August

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE FROM HOME:

1. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ScrapPork – let’s trend worldwide on 26 August

2. Monitor media and do call ins, text and/or tweet to share your sentiments on the pork barrel scam; if you tweet, Facebook or Instagram, remember to use the hashtag #ScrapPork

3. Text or call friends at the picnic with any important or breaking news

4. Have a protest party in your house, church, or meeting hall and invite friends to monitor the event on television

5. Join the Unified Action at 10am, 11am, 12nn and 1pm by having a noise barrage in your area

Determine your meeting area. There is an open space for no banner area. If groups want to go to that area, they have to leave their banners in the D to G area. The command center /First AID will be beside LED VIdeo wall area (5A) Enter by the carabao area along Roxas Boulevard. This side will be closed to traffic though so drop off point is at the corner of South Drive/Roxas Boulevard (Look for me Sector 6AB)

Together let us express our grievances on August 26, 2013, National Heroes day, 9:00 Am at the Luneta grounds of the Quirino Grandstand in a peaceful protest and stake our claim on a little piece of our historical park. 

The Filipino people deserve an explanation.

Public officers must account for and respond to this pork barrel mess.

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