Inertia: Sustaining the EDSA Movement

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  1. mlq3 says:

    thank god for this entry.

  2. willshakespeare says:

    ..and thank you, sir. it’s an honor.

  3. cvj says:


  4. First off, fantastic post!

    I agree with you when you say Lozada hit a point – the youth are especially guilty IMHO – when you say that our inertia is carried by anger.

    From my point of view, it’s this frustration with how people are so easily swayed by anger and by how momentum almost always fails to pick up, that keeps people like me on the fence. I guess there are others like me: I’m angry; I want to march all the way to Malacanang to lynch Czarina; but I want to lynch those leading this particular march too. Enough of the circus!

    I demand transparency and accountability not just from those in national office, but also among those still in government who broke the “no politicians speaking today” rule at the inter-faith – for the love of the Philippines, please stop using me for your own political ends. I don’t know about you, but when Erap spoke over the strains of Huling Huli, it made me sick.

    Anyway, I’m sure there will be another rally in two weeks’ time, as long as the momentum keeps up.

    Dapat lang.

  5. BrianB says:

    Hi, will

    I responded to you via I wasn’t addressing the post to you but to other people. I like this entry and I thought it represented our generation well.

  6. Sonnie says:

    EDSA 1, we were admired, EDSA 2 we were laughed at because the democratic process was terminated. Do we have another people power in the making? I hope our democracy will not become mobocracy

  7. Hi Will,

    People here in Cebu are not really 100% for Arroyo. They know she’s dirty. Many actually believe Lozada. They just don’t see any viable alternative after another People Power, not De Castro or anyone from the trapo opposition. And talk about radical transitions don’t hold much traction. Militant groups here have trouble organizing and are lucky to be able to gather a thousand in a “big” protest. Cebu, after all, was the first island to be colonized by the Spanish invaders in the 16th Century. It is one of the country’s more conservative provinces.


  8. sparks says:

    What a gem of a writer you are sir.

  9. hawaiianguy says:

    Keep up the advocacy! Your site speaks volumes to those who are silent, or silenced by power obssessed, corrupt, and evil leaders.

    People power, Edsa rebellion or whatever they call it is the last and most viable check against a regime gone mad, and still going.

    The people who are against corruption, deception, cheating and lying of this govt must continue to be vigilant. Letting off their guard will only allow evil to go on, unchecked.

  10. niña says:

    the problem i see with people power NOW is that most politicians e.g. the trapos, are/will be using it for their own agenda/s. i am paranoid for that to happen and if we oust pgma, who would replace her? de castro? another pgma fanatic nonetheless. i am not for pgma (i’d be damned if i were) and i am not sure if people power would be recognized by courts as legal. it is extra-constitutional in nature, yes, but will be 100% valid? because erap claims that the people power during his time (the one that overthrew him) is unconstitutional and that pgma’s succession after him was illegitimate. so if pgma gets ousted this way, would she cry the same tunes as erap? how about doing it legally e.g. through the courts? 🙂 or would that be too passive? :):):)

  11. willshakespeare says:

    believe you me, we are trying all avenues: ombudsman, impeachment attempt, impeachment attempt, impeachment attempt, protests, CBCP calls, marches for peace (Sumilao), International condemnation (extrajudicial killings)… there was even an attempt to file a suit against Czarina arroyo for crimes against humanity.

    succession really is the problem, isn’t it? dictators clinch their power based on no real succession (Suharto, Thaksin, Lee Kuan Yew, etc.). ive read and championed the people power through plebiscite… though in practice i dont know how it will happen, seeing as Comelec is run by the Executive.

    we are slowly becoming a real monarchy, and not just an elected one.

    we have no choice but to resist in any way we can. unless, you have a proposal for a new system of government, or perhaps some other alternative? (im not being sarcastic)

  12. niña says:

    last i heard the senate was moving to change the 1year ban on impeaching a president. hope that works although the lower house is full of pgma-fanatics so if ever the ban is removed, were still not sure if an impeachment complaint will push forward.

    should pgma resign (which for me is the most ideal) and if de castro is declared incompetent to rule (is this even possible?!) and if manny villar were to take kabayan’s place instead, would we be happy?

    pgma could save us from rallies and people power if she resigns by herself. heck, she’ll save the entire country if she does!

  13. Hi Will,

    I’ve added some thoughts on that previous comment of mine trying to explain why not enough people are joining protest actions in this post:

    At this juncture, I’ve concluded that one factor for the lack of spontaneous participation by the people inspite of their convictions against the present regime includes (1) some tactical mistakes on the part of the anti-GMA coalition itself and (2) the composition of the present protest movement.

    For one, as sir Wenceslao wrote in his column, instead of convincing people of the need for joining street protests “it seems like the fashion of leaders in the recent wave of protest actions against the Arroyo administration is to bash those who refuse to join them in the streets…”

    I take exception on Jun Lozada and Cory Aquino’s statements against the CBCP in particular. They deride the Church’s neutral stance and for not leading calls for the president’s ouster like in 1986 and 2001. What the two personalities forget is that the Church only joined the wave of protests in the two previous uprisings only after the demise of the Estrada and Marcos regimes were assured because of the apparent strength of the protest movement. I think Lozada and Aquino’s statements only assured that many more people who are still loyal to the institutional church will avoid joining mass actions.

    And then there was the thing about letting Estrada join the stage to rile against corruption with his erstwhile opponent in the previous EDSA uprising, Cory Aquino…

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