Edsa 3’s Slow Death

It turns out that events last night may have formed a crucial node in this national drama. Pro-Erap conspirators in high places tried, by bribery, to provoke defections in the Philippine military and start an armed revolt against President Macapagal-Arroyo’s government. They failed; not one general defected, and the military still stands firm with Gloria. She is confident that she will be able to overcome any attempt to unseat her.

The Iglesia ni Cristo sect, after a meeting with President Arroyo, has shifted loyalties. Their previously pro-Erap-biased radio and TV stations have stopped favorable round-the-clock coverage of Edsa 3, and the sect leaders may instruct their members to stop going to the rally.

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