Insider: P11 Million Paid to Anti-Marcos Burial Protesters, P2.1M Wasted

More than 11 million pesos have been paid to protesters who joined the anti-Marcos burial rally on Saturday at the Luneta Park, according a Metro Manila congressman who has knowledge about the issue.

In an interview with Bombo Radyo, the congressman who is still a member of Liberal Party, but plan to switch party soon, said eleven million pesos was released by a major political party to fund leftist groups who organized the protest rally. The congressman who works as insider asked not to disclose his name during the phone interview.

“I was tasked to organize at least 500 people from Metro Manila but I told them I cannot because I had a series of appointments and my office was already fully booked. I did not tell them (party leaders) that it will be difficult to organize people from the capital because most are in favor of Marcos’ burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani,” the congressman said.

“So they asked leftists groups to bring people from Tarlac. Eleven million had been released to pay each person from P2,000 to P5,000. Each person was paid P2,000 before living Tarlac, but only 1,2000 were able to attend because of transportation problem. Those who paid a total amount of P2.1 million were not able to attend. Whether the money was really paid to people or kept by the organizers, I don’t know. The only thing I was able to verify was the 11 million pesos because I was among those who signed the voucher”, the congressman added.

The lawmaker did not mention a name, but hinted that some of the main organizers were among the attendees.

Personalities who attended the rally were were former Commission on Human Rights commissioner Etta Rosales, Senators Risa Hontiveros and Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, and Reps. Edcel Lagman (Albay) and Teddy Baguilat, Jr. (Ifugao).

“Most of the attended the rally were students and jobless people”, the congressman added.

The lawmaker said the target was to gather at least 2,000 people, but because of heavy rain, the plan was not materialized. /Liza Sulpicio/

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