Tens of thousands protest in Manila park against "pork barrel" funds
MANILA (REUTERS) - Tens of thousands of Filipinos angry at official corruption marched through the centre of Manila and other cities to demand the abolition of a misused fund for legislators' pet projects, the biggest protest aimed at Benigno Aquino's government.
Protesters, responding to a call to wear white, ignored intermittent rain to converge on Manila's largest park to express indignation at the misuse of "pork barrel" funds under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The money was frequently channelled to projects to impress voters, though many have turned out to be non-existent.
Despite the economy's strong fundamentals - growth in the first quarter was the fastest in the region - corruption remains a chronic problem hindering sustained economic development.