You know where I stand. Anti Arroyo. Edwin Lacierda gives a good summary of why we are where we are, as does Randy David in his column today. One thing is sure, as Ricky Carandang tartly puts it: Little Sister is watching. And yet, as Red’s Herring says, we still have to plead, shout, and demand that the nation wake up. In the darkness, people like Paeng are daring to light candles. But he remains a rare case of someone taking citizenship seriously. Philippine Commentary, who knows a thing or two of martial law, is beating the drums: but does it take former prisoners to warn of looming imprisonment of all? Must we rage, rage, against the dying of the light, as Vincula asks? Or are petitions, as The Public Thing proposes, one of the many acts of resistance that have begun?
Yesterday, Butch Abad said to us, “the democratic space is shrinking, and as it shrinks, the option for democratic, peaceful protest, resistance, and a resolution to this crisis is vanishing, too.” A Uniffors manifesto at the beginning of this most recent chapter in the Arroyo crisis calls for a common dedication to a democratic, post-Arroyo regime. Something Philippine Politics believes in, too. Can such a dedication hold, in the face of what is, in essence, already government by a junta? A junta composed of the President, her cabinet, and the Philippine National Police.
The President provoked this: let there be no uncertainty about this. Even loyal allies such as Max Soliven, as Hillblogger predicted, cannot stomach her attempting to rule with an iron hand.
Yet there are those whose families are divided: Pulsar has an extremely engaging account of how he and his parents prevented his sister from joining the Ayala rally. I understand where he and his parents are coming from; I admire the passion of his sister.
And there are those who disagree: who are Pro Arroyo.
Salamankiero has several posts, though this summarizes his views quite well.
Go Figure echoes Solita Monsod. Pro-Arroyo by default, or simply discerning?
AlterNation101 proposes a boycott of media he considers partisan.
There are those supremely indifferent: notes from the peanut gallery is a perfect example.
There are those trying to keep a neutral view on what’s going on: Torn & Frayed; Filipino journalist big mango; and the Sassy Lawyer: but neither are they serving as propagandists of the present dispensation or its enemies. They remain proudly independent without being cowardly.
Meanwhile, there’s news that something is going on at Marines Headquarters…
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