The critical time was from last night to this afternoon. The President was able to accomplish several things: stem the perception of panic on the part of her government; get the public support of the United States; get officials to publicly express their loyalty to her; holding the PNP, prevent the erosion of her control over the AFP.
The Catholic Church steadfastly kept the opposition and the Left at arms’ length.
Susan Roces refused to be drawn into the fray and be the Joan of Arc of the opposition.
The opposition kept the same bumbling fools on TV and the radio, without, on the other hand, gaining anyone new or credible to buttress their ranks. They presented themselves as more interested in an Estrada restoration, which kept other oppositionists from boldly moving; the Left muddled its message, as usual, and jumped the gun.
No tipping point was reached. Tommorow, the President will look very presidential indeed at the independence day ceremony (no parade); the best the opposition can threaten is a possible prayer rally at San Carlos seminary tomorrow.
For now, all is quiet, and unless anything else happens, that’s it for now. For a look back on this series of posts, click the “Crisis Mode” category of entries.