A woman from Anao town in Tarlac who claimed to be one many protest organizers during the September 21 Martial Law anniversary rally, told local radio on Monday that until now, her groups is still waiting for the payment.
A certain Sally said her group of 200 people from her small town of Anao, left to Manila at around 9:00AM on Monday through 10 jeepneys which they hired.
Sally, a member of leftist group Gabriela, said that she was promised to receive 300,000, by a local politician who is also a member of Liberal Party.
“Binigyan ako ng P60,000 dahil sabi ko wala kaming pambayad sa jeep at syempre kailangan din namin ng budget sa pagkain. Pero nong pumunta ako kinabukasan sa opisina niya para kuhanin yong natirang P240,000, sabi ng sekretarya wala daw siya at nasa maynila pa raw. Hanggang ngayon, isang linggo na ang lumipas di ko pa rin siya makontak. Sinisingil na ako ng mga tao”, Sally said.
The organizer also told the radio that each protester were promised to received P1,000, and the rest of the money will go to her. Sally expected to make at least 30,000 but until now, she said, she receive nothing.
The radio advised her to name the politician only offline to avoid any broadcast problem.
She also said that like her group, there are other groups from her town who also joined the September 21 protest and waiting for the payment.
“Karamihan sa mga sumama yon din lang ang inaasahan. Ang problema kase e yong paghihinalaan ka ng mga tao na ginastos mo na yong pera”, She said. /Nikki maliksi/