[caption id="attachment_39103" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Members of Anonymous Philippines hold dialogue with police officers, who later allowed the protesters to march near the vicinity of the Batasan Complex. (Photo by Ellson Quismorio)[/caption]
Members and supporters of hacking collective group Anonymous Philippines went “offline” to march to Batasang Pambansa complex Tuesday noon in protest of the rampant corruption of public funds in the country.
After a confrontation with police officers who blocked the group after it gathered along Quezon City Circle, the group was allowed to continue with their “Million Mask March” near the vicinity of the House of Representatives.
Wearing Guy Fawkes masks, members of the group said they are protesting the unbridled misused of billions of public funds by several lawmakers who reportedly got hefty kickbacks in exchange of their pork barrel.
On Facebook, more than 1, 300 out of more than 5, 600 individuals invited have confirmed that they will be participating in the protest.
The group has discouraged other protesters from using banners which would identify their organizations, in effort to keep the protest “anonymous.”
The protest gained publicity after the activist group hacked at least 39 local and national government websites on Nov. 3, displaying their message on most of the hacked websites.
“The government, in many ways, has failed its Filipino citizens. We have been deprived of things which they have promised to give; what our late heroes have promised us to give,” the group said.
The Million Mask March is a global protest of members of Anonymous collective from United States, Indonesia, Australia and other countries where members also have agreed to hold their own rallies.
“You can sleep, sit, go on with your everyday routine just like a herd of sheep and watch as the government laugh at you. But if you see what we see, if you feel as we feel, and if you would seek as we seek… then we ask you to stand beside us,” the Anonymous members said.