Makati rally draws huge crowd
More than 50,000 people are gathered at the heart of Makati’s central business district for the interfaith prayer rally, most of them demanding President Arroyo’s resignation following damning allegations of corruption over the aborted NBN-ZTE Project.
Ayala Avenue is packed with people from all walks of life and of different political persuasions. The mass began at 4:30 p.m.
Reminiscent of the pre-EDSA 1 protests here, confetti rained from buildings. When the student contingents arrived, they were wildly applauded.
I marched with concerned citizens from Bel-air through Paseo de Roxas avenue: former transportation and communications secretary Josefina Lichauco; Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar; Gina de Venecia, wife of former House Speaker Jose de Venecia; her sister Marichu Maceda; Precy Psinakis, daughter of ABS-CBN and Meralco’s grand old man Eugenio Lopez; and civil society member and Assumptionista Bettina Legarda.
UPDATE (6 p.m.): Whistleblower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada just arrived. He was greeted with thunderous applause and cheers. Fellow whistleblower, Jose “Joey” de Venecia III, got the same reception when he arrived 20 minutes earlier.
Spotted in the crowd were the wives of detained military officers: Delia Miranda, Aloy Lim, Pong Querubin and Mazenith Cordero.