An angry netizen posted a video on Facebook showing tons of garbage that militant groups left behind after their protest rally at Mendiola in Manila on Tuesday, May 1. The protesters accused President Rodrigo of breaking his promise during the elections that he will end contractualization, also known as Endo (end-of-contract). Watch video below.
“Dito tayo ngayon sa Mendiola, tingnan nyo naman yung mga basura na itinapon ng mga nagra-rally. Tama ba ito? Inilagay lang dito sa ilog. Ito ba ang gusto nilang pagbabago? Ang basura, tinatapon kung saan-saan lang. Yan, yung mga ginamit nila.” JP Mortel Fajura said while filming a Facebook live video showing the tons of garbage.
(We are now here at Mendiola, look at the garbage that the protesters left behind. Is this right? They threw them to the river. Is this the change they want? Throwing garbage everywhere. Here are their materials they used.)
“Nakakainis lang, pinayagan na sila ng ating gobyerno na mag-rally dito sa Mendiola pero ang basura, nagkalat!. Ito ba ang ipinaglalaban nila?…Kita nyo naman, baka sabihin fake news tayo. ‘Train Law, basura daw,’ pero tingnan nyo kung san nila tinapon.” The disappointed netizen added, showing a placard used by the protesters.
(It’s annoying. The government allowed them to protest here in Mendiola but the garbage is everywhere! Is this what they are fighting for?…Look here, they might say this is fake news only. This placard reads, ‘Train Law, garbage!’ but look where they threw this afterwards.)
The video is 20 minutes long, but Fajura was patient enough to record the tons of garbage on both sides of Mendiola. Aside from the protest materials, you can see also newspapers, plastic cups and bottles, food wrappers, among others that can cause flooding in Manila during heavy rains, if they are not collected immediately.
According to authorities, there were around 5,000 protesters that day. Among them are are members of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Nagkaisa Labor coalition (NAGKAISA), along with Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark) and Workers’ Resistance against Tyranny and for Human Rights and Courage and militant group Bayan.