MANILA – Deposed chief justice Renato Corona on Monday joined the "Million People March" protest against the pork barrel funds but was heckled by several participants.
Corona was accompanied by his wife Maria Cristina, and several relatives and supporters. They were all wearing white like most of the supporters who are joining today's protest.
The former chief justice began his march towards the Quirino Grandstand from Manila Hotel.
In an interview with dzMM, Corona said he supports the call for the abolition of the pork barrel.
"Nandito ako para makiisa sa galit ng taumbayan dito sa mga nagaganap tungkol dito sa kaban ng bayan at sa mga buwis na kinakaltas buwan-buwan sa mga working class natin at government employees na akala natin ay napupunta sa magagandang paraan ay yun pala ay hindi pala doon at kundi napunta lamang sa mga kung ano-ano," he said.
"Iyon ang kinalulungkot natin, kasi itong pork barrel natin na ito, na alam ng sambayan na ginamit ito sa pagsira at pagbuwag ng mga institusyong demokratiko," he added.
Corona also accommodated several protesters and supporters for a photo opportunity. However, he was later heckled as he was making his way through the crowd.
"Iyan ang malaking baboy, si Corona!" shouted one of the protesters. Some called Corona "epal" and "magnananakaw."
Corona reportedly left after being heckled by the crowd.
Corona was the first chief justice to be ousted via an impeachment. His failure to disclose his dollar assets in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) led to his removal from the Supreme Court. – with ANC; Ruby Tayag and Noel Alamar, dzMM