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Protesters, some dressed in their Halloween costumes, march towards the Philippine Senate to demand the scrapping of the government funds intended for development projects by lawmakers known as "Pork Barrel" fund Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The "Pork Barrel" scandal was exposed following the surrender of Janet Lim Napoles, a wealthy businesswoman who allegedly stole huge amounts of government development funds in conspiracy with powerful lawmakers. Napoles is set to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Nov. 7.

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Protesters, some dressed in Halloween costumes, on Wednesday march towards the Philippine senate, south of Manila, to demand the scrapping of government funds intended for development projects. Janet Lim Napoles, a wealthy businesswoman who allegedly stole huge amounts of government development funds in conspiracy with powerful lawmakers, is set to appear before the senate on November 7.

A vendor sells pig masks during an interfaith prayer vigil calling for the abolishment of the "pork barrel" funds under the Priority Development Assistance Fund at the Edsa Shrine in Quezon city, Manila

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A vendor in Quezon city, Manila sells pig masks on Wednesday during an interfaith prayer vigil calling for the abolishment of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, also known as “pork barrel”, a discretionary fund in the Philippines available to members of Congress.