Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr., left the crowd earlier to check his bank whether the money has been deposited properly, a fellow activist who is unsatisfied on how Reyes managed the group told Pinoy Observer during the 100th birthday celebration of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
On Friday, the head office of Liberal Party has reportedly released at least P8 million to finance the anti-Marcos rally, and Reyes was said to be the chief protest organizer.
The militant leader reportedly visited LP’s headquarters at Quezon City the day it released the budget.
Ruben (not his real name), said that Reyes was supposed to wait until the protest is finished, but because of heavy rain, the activist leader decided to go to BPI-Binondo branch to check if money has been deposited to his account.
Ruben wasn’t sure how much Reyes was paid, buy hinted that the militant leader could have earned at least P800,000 for the rally.
The source, who has been working with Reyes in the past five years, said that the activist leader have a list of dates where leftist groups can stage protest. Ruben cited ASEAN summit, labor day, SONA, visits of important foreign diplomats, and some important anniversaries that the government declared as holiday.
“He told me several days ago that he wanted to have a 1 week Boracay vacation after this major event. I think he achieve what he want now. He made enough budget”, Ruben said.
Ruben admitted he also made money but said he received just a fraction of what leaders like Reyes are making.
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“I receive what many are receiving. Just to feed my family for a couple of days”, the activist said.
On Monday, Members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and Campaign against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (Carmma) attempted to go past the barricade of policemen, who were armed with shields and truncheons, in a bid to “gate crash” the ongoing 100th birthday celebration of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos inside the LNMB on Monday.
Fortunately, the tension quickly subsided and no one was reported hurt during the incident..
Bayan and Carmma decried the 100th birthday celebration of the former President.
“Si Marcos ay hindi tunay na bayani. Ang tunay na bayani ay ang sambayanang Pilipino (Marcos is not a hero. The real heroes are the Filipino people),” said former congressman Neri Colmenares.
“Si Marcos ay magnanakaw at mamamatay tao (Marcos is a thief and a murderer),” he added.
The anti-Marcos protesters held a caravan from Quezon City to Taguig City amid the downpour to condemn President Rodrigo Duterte’s accommodation of the Marcos family, who reportedly plans to return portion of the ill-gotten wealth to the government provided, however, that the family be granted with immunity from lawsuits. /Guido Barcelona/