The barkers prematurely announced the arrival of Susan Roces, which led to a long dragging pause which forced chants and the repetition of Poe’s campaign song couldn’t disguise. The result was Tirso Cruz III and Rico J. Puno (a councilor in Makati) praising helicopters hovering overhead, and telling the audience to applaud themselves…
Susan Roces finally appeared, struggling through the crowd with the help of a human chain of men in cowboy hats. She’s dressed in white. It’s obvious that their logistical operations aren’t as fine-tuned as the ones organized for Edsa I and II….
Beaming, and radiant, her hair slightly tousled, she arrived at the stage at 6:35 p.m. She raised the hand of Renato de Villa, hugged Chiz Escudero. Behind her, the slogan, “Return the honor of the Filipino.”
I am here, just as I promised, that if you went to the streets, I would join you. Many, many thanks. We are united in aspiration and objective. Our aspiration, that we may be heard…. We know that if are united, we will be heard. We must not lose hope. I join you in your grief, in your resolve, in your patience and prayers… With the help of Almighty God, we will resolve everything in a peaceful manner. Thank you to all the youth that are here… We are conducting this struggle for you. I take pride in the youth that are here. I take pride in you because you know that cheating is wrong, and should not be condoned. It’s sad to know that you, the youth know this, but it seems the one’s we should hope to be exemplars do not know or show this. We are being fooled by these people. They are using every means to keep themselves in power. One of these means is charter change. We should not just accept and believe; we must study deeply if this will truly be beneficial, if it will truly help us. Your future is what matters to us. For my fellow parents, it is for you, our children, that we are preparing the future. We ask you, to study hard, to be good citizens and people, to imbibe and live out the Ten Commandments of God. Live out our pledge of allegiance, be Filipinos in thought, word, and deed, bring back the honor of the Filipino!
Let me add that there is nothing in her speech that can be objected to. She is still using her power responsibly. But the timing was off, diluted the impact of the speech, and was therefore a bit of a let down in rally terms.
Rigoberto Tiglao: The choice of Roces as the highlight of the rally proves that they cannot, and will not, accept the results of the last elections (meaning: they’re spoilsports).”But this is why such a thing as the constitution was invented, to help get down to the truth of what really happened; charter change is also a means to resolve differences in a very smooth and peaceful manner”.
Since we judge crowd size by the extent of the crowd (from what street to what street), take a look at photos from the BBC.