I’m really sorry mlq, but I am not convinced about the public getting what they wanted. Perhaps the government thought they were giving the public what they wanted. Remember, even then the country was split. The Marcos loyalists were a significant portion of the population and the government was afraid of them (what percentage of the population were Marcos loyalists? Just to have an idea, when Danding and Imelda run for President in 1992, they both rode on the Marcos loyalist vote. However, since they run on separate tickets, the vote was split. Had they run on a single ticket, they could have captured MalacaÃƒÂ±ang by a comfortable margin). As for the rest of the country, it was willing to give the new government the benefit of the doubt, if only to move along. It’s like what you mentioned about people initially lining up to pay their taxes during the euphoria after Batista was toppled by Fidel Castro. Those lines must have really shrunk after reality set in and the government didn’t live up to expectations. It’s like Victor Yushenko idolized initially, as if his government couldn’t do anything wrong soon after the “Orange Revolution”. Yet now, slowly, the country is beginning to go sour on the Orange Revolution and rumors are beginning to surface about Yushenko being removed from power. But that how it is. People are initially willing to sacrifice, to give the benefit of the doubt, until they begin to see that results do not match expectations. So what real leaders do is to seize the initiative, before they are overtaken by events. Cory Aquino and her advisers hemmed and hawed. They didn’t know what initiative to take because they never had a plan. And they tried to be all things to everyone and they ended up pleasing no one. I don’t believe for one moment that the public had any complicity in what the Aquino government did (or more accurately, did not do). A portion of the public wanted to extend goodwill…Yes. But the public never expected “politics as usual” to make such a comeback after Marcos. The public never expected to have such superficial and meaningless centerpiece programs enacted, just to have some kind of accomplishment to show. The burden is on the politicians to come up with concrete results. And if the public is dissatisfied or disillusioned with those results, it is their right and prerogative.