Just one more melodramatic post on this topic …
I can’t find words to describe how exhilarating it was to stand on the Edsa-Ortigas flyover today, with ******* and her folks, to watch President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo get sworn into office at the Edsa shrine. We had a perfect view of all the the famous politicians and personalities of the uprising.
The crowd gave a joyous yell when Chief Justice Hilario Davide appeared on stage with his arms raised as if in triumph. As Gloria began to recite the words of the oath, despite the standard formula, the mass of people at EDSA again and again broke into cheers of joy. “I, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President of the Philippines.”
With each word, we felt the utter momentousness of the event sweep over us. We stood on the threshold of hope and change, witnessing history as it happened before our eyes. I hope the Philippines never forgets the lessons it has learned from EDSA 2001. Lord guide us.
(Unless another major political crisis breaks out, this will be my last blog entry for a while: maybe a few days, so I can take a break from being constantly online for news and updates. Then I’m back to my normal workaday blogging. But maybe with more political tidbits. Why doesn’t someone sign my guestbook so I know you’re reading all this!)