This entry was revised at 11:36. Scuttbutt from sources close to Cory Aquino originally suggest things are headed down the long road of impeachment. This is without prejudice to those who have already called for the President’s resignation. Recall during President Estrada’s time, there were strong calls for his resignation, but this didn’t stop most people from preferring the impeachment option. Others, though, suggest that Cory is firmly for resignation, but that the President’s resistance indicates impeachment is the only battleground both sides can agree to.
Once again, reading the public mood might suggest that this is how the majority of people feel. At the very least, it keeps things within the system, affords a chance to prove, definitively, whether the Presidents acts of omission or comission are truly politically punishable (impeachment is a political process, after all), affords the President’s critics a chance to sway public opinion while giving the President a chance to plead her case. The tacit alliance which I suggested both here and on ANC last night, between Cory Aquino and Susan Roces, I can say with a (slightly) higher degree of certainty (according to some of the same sources) does exist, at the very least, Roces is remaining her own person, and refusing to be baitedl whether this indicates a shared resolve between the two widows to keep things peaceful, I don’t know, no one seems in a position to (publicly) categorically state there’s such an agreement.
This doesn’t bode well for the Ramos solution of charter change; but meanwhile, if the President has to concentrate on her defense, it means former President Ramos might have a virtually free rein to run the government.
This situation affords the country a breathing room, while rendering even more politically inconsequential, the Communists and the Estrada loyalists. It may be that signals from the various camps will reflect a growing consensus that impeachment is the only rational way out of the impasse at present.
Today the President’s allies have continued hitting back against the Liberl Party, and the opposition, in turn, had some sort of Muslim group proclaiming loyalty to Gen. Abat. So far the Cory camp has been silent.