(Continued from “Gloria Resign?”)
Gloria not resigning. Recent history continues to repeat itself in the Philippines: an embattled president dogged by scandal and corruption now faces — and refuses — intensifying calls to resign, with various opposition factions now massing in the streets to protest her defiance. She now faces impeachment, which, like the last impeachment, will prove to be more of a political than a factual exercise.
The way it’s going, however, it looks like the mob organizers aren’t even going to give Gloria the time that Edsa II gave Erap: they want her out now. The problem is, if you’re indignant with Gloria for her presidential indiscretions (as I am), and if you really want her out now, look at the people you’ll have to march alongside at Edsa-Timog and Ayala Avenue: Jinggoy and JV, Imee Marcos, far-left socialist groups like Akbayan, Ronald Lumbao. It’s no less distasteful associating with them than it is with the current incumbency.
From other Filipino news sources and weblogs:
- ABS-CBN News timeline.
- PCIJ: End game.
- Sassy Lawyer on Erap’s continued dreams of power and Cory Aquino’s call for Gloria to resign.
- MLQ3’s “Crisis Mode” category has updates.
- Great stuff from Micketymoc: Susan Roces Rejection Letter and Swing Vote.
- Ganns: Girl, Is You Crazy?
Is it to be EDSA 4, then? The way this is going, they should probably institutionalize EDSA rallies as the established Constitutional mode of presidential transition. That way, they can have biennial marches in the streets to force the incumbent president to resign, then install the vice president, or whomever the revolutionaries are clamoring for at any given moment. Advantages: it’s perfectly in keeping with the Filipino “fiesta” spirit, and you won’t even need a COMELEC anymore, just a cleanup crew to pick up the mess on EDSA the next day. Someone pass a bill, and make that the aim of the next Con-Con!
Update: “The meter stopped running.” Heh heh.