We Do Not Need an EDSA Right Now.
February 17, 2008 7 Comments
I was closely watching the ZTE-NBN senate hearings on TV and have been tuning in to DZMM to listen to the live feed from the senate. I read this scandal on the papers almost daily like a tabloid series. Truly, listening to senate hearings, to politicians bashing each other on national TV has become a national pastime.
Amid these issues, we see President Arroyo continuing the presidential routine, going to all scheduled functions except that of the PMA’s. She has not been discussing the issue much in public, except assuring the public that she is taking the issue seriously.
Last Friday, there was a protest rally in Makati attended by thousands of Filipinos coming from various militant and political groups, expressing distaste over GMA’s administration and asking for her immediate resignation. Today, a mass was hosted by Fmr. Pres. Cory Aquino for ZTE whistleblower Jun Lozada, also attended by thousands of people. The mass set the tone of the groups; an EDSA has indeed begun.
From the way I see it, and from how pre-EDSA 1 activities happened 22 years ago, an EDSA revolution is now brewing, getting more and more support from the middle class and the business sector. Ironically, PGMA has control over EDSA, so an EDSA revolution in a literal sense cannot happen again.
But EDSA is beyond the avenue anymore. EDSA is a political term used to denote a revolution of the people. And EDSA exists in the minds of men and women who wish to change a regime filled with allegations of graft, corruption, nepotism, and extra-judicial killings. EDSA became the term for a people power revolution – a revolution started by men and women who see the need for change.
But unlike the EDSA that ousted Marcos and the EDSA that ousted Estrada, this EDSA revolution may take a longer time – more days, even months, assuming that it will be successful. We see that distaste exists here in the metropolis, but we cannot dismiss the fact that PGMA is well supported in the provinces, thanks to her battalion of mayors, governors, and local officials who has been successfully supported by the administration. Given this, our concept of EDSA must expand, since Metro Manila cannot oust a president anymore. If these people want to succeed in ousting PGMA, they should start soliciting support from the provinces. With what we see, the political institutions of imperial Manila are in full force protecting status quo. So if they want to have a successful revolution, start with the provinces. The EDSA revolution battle plan of the opposition has to expand to the provinces.
I am not for GMA. I used to support her programs myself, but I still admire the woman, and I know others do. For a woman to endure all this, sleep at night, and wake up on time is such an admirable act. But I do not support her ouster. She has 2 years left, let her finish her term. The opposition and other cause-oriented groups should just continue to fiscalize and make her accountable through the institutions set by the constitution. Trust me, many Filipinos do not like street parliamentarism because it impedes the flow of daily life. If they continue to do it, the people’s anger will be towards them. For an EDSA revolution to be successful, EDSA must be traffic free.
Let us all pray for the country, our leaders, and each other. We do not need an EDSA right now.