A backgrounder of the origin of Million People March is that according to Raissa Robles, it started from the below status message posted by Ito Rapadas:
“What we need is a MILLION PEOPLE MARCH by struggling Filipino taxpayers- a day of protest by the silent majority that would demand all politicians and govt. officiials (whatever the political stripes, color they may carry) to stop pocketing our taxes borne out from our hard work by means of these pork barrel scams and other creative criminal acts. They don’t want to investigate themselves, they remain relaxed and unperturbed because they believe it will die down in time. Let’s make them feel that this time is DIFFERENT cause we are all sick and tired of it! PLS. SHARE IF YOU AGREE!”
Generally, runners are peace-loving people. They know that whining cannot help them move forward. They’d rather move silently in pain than make excuses. They know that pointing fingers does not solve any thing. These characteristics of runners can also probably best describe the silent majority. Silent majority are the people who skip reading bad news but rather work hard to be part of the solution than the problem.
So when these bunch of people flocked to a movement, it says a lot! More than stoning the culprits, this movement is the best time to make a stand, for our children, and for our fellow Pinoys who are in need of our statement. It’s not the taxpayers who get allegedly robbed; it’s our children, our fellow Pinoys who need assistance most that have been badly robbed.
Here are a few pics from runners showing their support for the #millionpeoplemarch / Million People March.
Jovie Narcise aka Bald Runner made a contribution to the Million People March movement by organizing an LSD (Long Slow Distance) to Luneta.
The Cebu City’s #millionpeoplemarch was a peaceful one. More than any thing else, it was to make a statement that we’re in one with this movement.
Bro. Carlo Bacalla, a Cebu runner now based in Thailand, shared a photo of him and biker friends showing support for the movement happening now in Philippines.
Some may say it was not successful. But we don’t fight with blings and whistles. We know better than that.
To borrow a triathlete and ultrarunner’s view of the Aug. 26, 2013 Million People March (#millionpeoplemarch) movement:
“Million people march, Cebu. No speeches. Just making one loud statement.” – K. Perez
Silent majority can be deafening.