Katipunan Kontra Korupsyon – Photos by Terzeus Dominguez

The Priority Development Assistance Fund is a discretionary fund provided to members of the Philippine Congress to fund local projects that fall outside of national-level development programmes. The “pork barrel” came under heavy public criticism and government investigation in 2013 when it was discovered that multiple lawmakers had misappropriated funds allocated to them in an elaborate scam centred on businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Students from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), University of the Philippines and Miriam College organized a rally along Katipunan Road on September 11, 2013 to protest against the scandal. Terzeus Dominguez, an ADMU student was present during the rally and shared with Subjectivities photos from the event.

Participating students and faculty gathering inside the Ateneo de Manila University before joining the larger group right outside campus gates.
Participating students and faculty gathering inside the Ateneo de Manila University before joining the larger group right outside campus gates.
Student body representatives known as the Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila (Student Body Council of Loyola Schools Students of the Ateneo de Manila University) lead rally participants to the gathering point a few meters outside campus gates.
Student body representatives known as the Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila (Student Body Council of Loyola Schools Students of the Ateneo de Manila University) lead rally participants to the gathering point a few meters outside campus gates.
In a rare collaboration among three universities in the area, students from Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila University, and University of the Philippines-Diliman have gathered together in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=14.642048,121.074721) in peaceful protest against the infamous Pork Barrel Scandal.
In a rare collaboration among three universities in the area, students from Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila University, and University of the Philippines-Diliman have gathered together in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines in peaceful protest against the infamous Pork Barrel Scandal.
“Scrap Pork”, referring to a call to the national government for abolishment of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or more well known as “Pork Barrel”, a fund allocated to senators and congressmen used for funding projects according to their discretion for their constituents.
“Makibaka, huwag magbaboy!”
One of the slogans shouted during the protest, roughly translated to “Cooperate [with the people], don’t be corrupt”. This is in reference to an old slogan during the height of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.
A student, wearing the head of a boar, signing passing motorists to honk their horns as a sign of support for the cause.
A student, wearing the head of a boar, signing passing motorists to honk their horns as a sign of support for the cause.

Terzeus Dominguez is a student at the Ateneo de Manila University and is currently taking AB Chinese Studies-Social Sciences Track under the School of Social Sciences. He is also an ad-hoc photographer and multimedia documentations handler for events of the Chinese Studies Program in the same university. Interested parties may contact him at tsdmgz@gmail.com.

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