Corona joins ‘Million People March’, heckledBy Matikas Santos
MANILA, Philippines – Impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona joined Monday the “Million People March” at the Luneta Park for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), popularly called “pork barrel”, but was booed on his way out.
“We are here to be one with the anger of the people because of the abuses being done to the fund of the nation,” said Corona who was convicted of misdeclaring his statement of assets and liabilities and networth (SALN) in 2012 by the Senate that acted as an impeachment court.
“The money and taxes of the people are being taken from them every month thinking that it would be used properly, but turns out it would end up in anomalies instead,” he said.
The amount that was lost should have ended up in projects like the improvement of government hospitals services and projects for schools such as classrooms, he said.
On Corona’s way out of Rizal Park, he was booed and was repeatedly called “Epal”.
People also shouted “Corona baboy [pig]” at his van as it was on its way out. One protester cried: “Your family stole our taxpayer’s money!”