Please visit The Black and White Movement Blog for continuous updates on the Caravan for Truth, Justice and Reforms which is supposed to reach Metro Manila today. The Caravan, composed of individuals from the provinces, has been on the march for some weeks now from Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. The government, however, is intent on thwarting its arrival. This effort is meant to commemorate the Edsa People Power Revolution, and to call for continuing reforms in the system.
My Arab News column for this week is People Power Needs Certain Givens to Be Recognized. Incidentally, Seth Mydans quotes me in an article in the International Herald Tribune. Other pundits focus on the People Power phenomenon as well, from Patricio Diaz and H. Marcos Mordeno in Mindanews, Manuel Buencamino (tangentially) in the Business Mirror, to Amando Doronila in the Inquirer.
In other views, Gail Ilagan has another remarkable commentary on how an impoverished mentality is as dangerous as poverty itself (this is another must-read; and suggests to me a publisher should look into putting together the trenchant social commentary coming out these days). Renato Constantino Jr. advises Joseph Estrada not to seek restoration, but more drastic changes. The Inquirer editorial castigates recent public pronouncements as “pure terrorism”.