Facebook protest against funds misuse sparks call for major Philippine rally
MANILA (AFP) - Anger in social media at the misuse of Philippine state funds has snowballed into calls for a rally expected to attract thousands, an organiser said on Sunday.
Calls for a "million people march" scheduled for Monday began circulating on Facebook and Twitter about two weeks ago after local press reports of a scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund.
The fund is money allocated for lawmakers to be used in development projects. Critics see it as funding "pork barrel" projects which have traditionally been a source of corruption.
At the centre of the controversy is a woman who allegedly connived with legislators to siphon off some 10 billion pesos (S$289 million) from the fund.