OFWs hold protests abroad vs pork barrel

MANILA – Overseas Filipino Workers abroad held their own protest actions calling for the abolition of the pork barrel system, in solidarity with the Million People’s March protest today, Aug. 26.

Photo by Junar Elmedo /Bulatlat.com
Photo by Junar Elmedo /Bulatlat.com

OFWs in Hong Kong already jumpstarted the protest with a picket at the Philippine Consulate last Aug. 22.

OFWs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia/ Photo from Migrante Partylist/ Bulatlat.com
OFWs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia/ Photo from Migrante Partylist/ Bulatlat.com

On Aug. 24 Filipinos in New York held a “public information session” followed by a picket protest led by NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA.

OFWs in front of the Philippine Consulate in New York, USA. Photo by Bernadette Elorin /Bulatlat.com
OFWs in front of the Philippine Consulate in New York, USA. Photo by Bernadette Elorin /Bulatlat.com

On August 25, OFWs from the US, Canada, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates also held simultaneous protest activities in their respective countries.

Photo from UNIFIL-Hong Kong /Bulatlat.com
Photo from UNIFIL-Hong Kong /Bulatlat.com

OFWs in Taiwan posted their “selfie protests” in social networking sites. In Thailand and Vietnam, OFWs launched a “black armband protest” against the pork barrel.

Photo by Rey Asis /Bulatlat.com
Photo by Rey Asis /Bulatlat.com
Photo by UNIFIL-Hong Kong /Bulatlat.com
Photo by UNIFIL-Hong Kong /Bulatlat.com

“Protests have gone global and will all culminate on August 26. OFWs are finding ways to participate and show their outrage against corruption in the Aquino government.

OFWs in San Francisco, USA. Photo from Migrante Partylist /Bulatlat.com
OFWs in San Francisco, USA. Photo from Migrante Partylist /Bulatlat.com

We call on all OFWs around the world to coordinate other protest activities with Migrante chapters around the world,” said Garry Martinez, chairperson of Migrante International. ()

Photos from Rey Asis, Junar Elmedo, Bernadette Elorin, Migrante-Hong Kong and Migrante Partylist

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