On May 20, given notice that two major groups of public school teachers were planning to hold protests two weeks before the opening of classes to press their petition for a salary increase, the Department of Education warned the teachers that their planned action would “greatly affect the delivery of basic services to our learners.”
I would like to take issue with the Inquirer’s Oct. 6 editorial titled “Crossroads,” specifically its claim that the second Million People March in Ayala last Oct. 4, succeeded “where it counted most” by stepping up the pressure against the pork barrel.
By Randy David
One does not need to have a Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or e-mail account to realize how vastly different today’s demonstrations are from those that led to the downfall of the Marcos regime 40 years ago. Organizing “mass actions,” as they were then called, involved a lot of planning, coordination, and negotiation among the core groups that initiated them.
By Neal H. Cruz
Today is the day. Today the prayer rally against the pork barrel will be held on Edsa, site of two glorious People Power movements that toppled two Philippine presidents and that have been replicated in other countries, particularly in the Middle East where one is now raging in Syria.
By Amando Doronila
The call for another Million People March (MPM) to protest the abuse of the congressional pork barrel fund was shut down before it could take off.