In Bacolod City and neighboring areas, protests are being held, accompanied by the usual statements from the military and police.; today, forces that usually ignored each other join forces to protest in Makati City. Apparently even the Speaker’s province mates will be rallying.
Tomorrow, journalists, the public, and officials will be adding up the numbers in the provincial rallies and engaging in trying to predict whether the Sunday rally at Rizal Park will be a shocker -or a dud. If attendance does not meet media expectations (or the public’s) expect this Palace trial balloon to become the official party line and even campaign platform.
The President is certainly doing her best to deflate expectations for this coming Sunday. What she expected to do prior to the Speaker’s ultimatum to the Senate she’s finally done, which has led to her to drop even the idea of a convention, something being characterized as folding and which has apparently upset her allies in the House. The Palace has always believed in surveys, regardless of what it says in public (which is aimed at setting aside surveys it doesn’t like).
Is there anything significant in the Voice of America publishing a story on the President’s retreat, while world media has mostly ignored the story? Well, Time Magazine had a brief story.
Official hostility to the rally seems another exercise in brinkmanship. For example, going beyond saber-rattling about soldiers or government workers attending the rally, and suggesting there might be a terror threat (not just in Metro Manila, but elsewhere). The police have had to contradict the military (literally a good-cop, bad-cop routine) since the country’s gotten a black eye from terrorism jitters as of late.
In the blogosphere, Uniffors lists the latest government saber-rattling versus the Sunday rally. As Ellen Tordesillas recounted, the Palace wanting to join in made people’s toes curl, and not with pleasure.
A Nagueño in the Blogosphere recounts some interesting comments on constitutional change by people who live under the parliamentary system.
Newbreak’s statement on the latest suit filed by the President’s husband.
And because ’tis the season: Wishlist! Ho, ho, ho!