KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS:Lack of alternative doomed ‘people power’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 13:21

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom…” (Psalm 90:12, the Holy Bible).

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“PEOPLE POWER” CALLED ON JANUARY 30, 2015:  For a few hours as evening crept in last Friday, January 30, 2015, many people got excited by calls mostly aired in social networking sites like Facebook asking them to go to the EDSA Shrine in Mandaluyong City, the site of the original people power revolutions (1986 and 2001).

Whoever was posting those calls said Filipinos had to go to EDSA once more, to express their indignation against the wishy-washy treatment given by President Aquino to the 44 officers and men of the Special Action Force who were mercilessly killed in Maguindanao on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

But whatever it was, almost everyone who read the posts knew why there was another invitation for an EDSA gathering on that Friday—to start off another people power revolution to compel President Aquino either to step down, or to be ousted, from the presidency, considering the overwhelming perception of his countrymen that he has long ago lost his right to continue being president.

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CALLS FOR PEOPLE POWER FIZZLES OUT: Yet, as Friday night wore on and Saturday, January 31, 2015 slowly dawned on the country, it became clear that only a handful heeded the posts and calls for all of us to converge at the EDSA Shrine. As the sun broke through the clear skies on Saturday, there was no doubt at all that the attempt to call for another people revolution, this time against the country’s second President Aquino, miserably failed.

The question that is now uppermost in the minds of many is this: how come not many Filipinos joined the January 30, 2015 convergence at the EDSA Shrine? This is inexplicable, since the hatred and contempt against President Aquino arising from the massacre of the SAF officers and men in Maguindanao were clearly shared by millions and millions of Filipinos, not only in Metro Manila but in the entire country as well.

And it was a hatred and contempt not just from so-called netizens (or Internet users here and abroad), but from people from all walks of life, in the different regions of the country, who took time out to express their indignation, either through offering of  flowers and lighting candles in police facilities like Camp Crame in Quezon City, or through messages sent to radio and TV programs, and in newspapers and other printed media.

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LACK OF ALTERNATIVE PRESIDENT DOOMED PEOPLE POWER: So, why was it that only just a handful of Filipinos went to EDSA on January 30, 2015? There would be many reasons why this was so, but the way I see it, it was principally because there was no acceptable alternative on who will replace the President in the event he will feel compelled to step down, or is forcibly ousted from power.

I believe that not many relished the thought that Aquino would be replaced by Vice President Jejomar Binay, largely as a result of the relentless exposes against him and his family in the course of the investigation being conducted against him by Senators Aquilino Pimentel III, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Antonio Trillanes IV. Binay is to be Aquino’s legal successor, under the 1987 Constitution.

Then, again, many also did not like the idea of Sec. Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, or of any other political leader, succeeding Aquino. Truly, it is providential and favorable to Aquino that Filipinos do not see anyone of the present crop of leaders as worthy of being installed president in the event he is ousted. Maybe, Aquino should now give a serious thought about the implication of all these!

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