Hundreds in Philippines gather for anti-graft rally
MANILA (AFP) - About a thousand people staged a street protest in the Philippines on Wednesday in the second Internet-fuelled demonstration in three weeks against alleged large-scale corruption by members of parliament.
The rally at a Catholic shrine featured a religious mass to oppose "pork barrel" allocations given to legislators, which protesters condemned as a major source of graft.
"We're just ordinary Filipinos who want to hold a vigil here. We are here to call for the abolition of the pork barrel system," protest leader Junep Ocampo told AFP.
He and a small group of friends had sent out the call for the march via the popular social network Facebook a week ago.