here's some information about what is happening in our country..
Kickbacks, mistresses, and alias bank accounts are some of the reasons Filipinos ousted past President Joseph Estrada. But then again, according to
Estrada, he wasn't ousted - he just stepped down for a bit and Arroyo is temporarily filling the position. The current President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo was sworn in by the Philippine Chief Justice after the Supreme Court declared the presidential position vacant this January. But
Estrada is appealing to that very same Supreme Court saying that he never officially resigned. It is his hope that Arroyo will be declared an
"acting" not "permanent" president and he will be reinstated. Even though the Philippine political future is uncertain, the truth is that Arroyo
has taken office in a time of extreme difficulty for the Philippine people and for her role as president. President Arroyo seems to be a person with
a strong desire to unite the Philippine people and lead them by example. As the daughter of the late President Diosdedo Macapagal, she has a good
start because of the example her parents set for her. Even with their example of integrity, she will still have to make a great effort to achieve
her goals. Political change does not come without some difficulty, but without difficulty there is not much change. Our hope for the Philippines is
for there to be great political and economic success in this century.
here is an info. of feelings of the almost 60% of filipino's i think. This is from a site of williegalang.com...
Dazed and confused over the calls for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to resign
Saturday - July 09, 2005
© Reuters/Julius ReyesThe political situation here in the Philippines is deteriorating so fast this post could be quickly overturned by new
developments. But it’s a weekend, and Filipino political squabbles also take weekend breaks so substantial happenings in this soap opera will most
probably resume on Monday, July 11.
It’s disheartening how quickly a demolition job (engineered by the camp of deposed President Joseph “Erap” Estrada) against President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo can cause even the more prudent sectors of society to easily lose their patience and join the ranks of those hastily bullying the
President to resign. Macapagal-Arroyo has been demonized badly by the established media (some of them pushing for their own “hidden agendas”) for
wiretapped recordings that are most probably tampered with. Most of the President’s accusers have been exposed to having their very own “Hello,
Garci” conversations, but for some mysterious reasons, the media have been soft on conducting follow-ups and miserably failed to pounce on
opposition figures from Estrada’s bloc for the double standard. Is the media still afraid to probe the Estrada camp? I don’t know. Maybe it’s
the hidden agenda angle.
There is no strong evidence of a “master tape” yet, the surfacing of which could either vindicate or further drive President Macapagal-Arroyo down
to the ground. But the likes of former President Corazon C. Aquino, the Makati Business Club, and the duplicitous and disgruntled administration
cabinet members who resigned yesterday wouldn’t wait for the unraveling of the entire controversy and promptly joined the “Gloria, resign!”
bandwagon. To their credit though, they at least pushed for the constitutional order of succession, unlike the Estrada-Poe-Marcos underground and
their extreme left bedfellows who want to obliterate the democratic institutions and processes if they get hold of power.
If President Macapagal-Arroyo resigns and Vice President Noli de Castro is sworn in as the new President, do you think all these political ruckus will
stop? Do you think the Estrada-Poe-Marcos cabal and their showbiz mafia buddies will sit in their collective corners and stay quiet? Will the
supposedly spiritual Christian pastor and losing presidential candidate Eddie Villanueva stop calling for a takeover by a junta? Will retired generals
with messianic complex, like Fortunato Abat, put away their dreams of a power grab? I guess we all know the answer. Still, I’m hoping for sobriety
from all camps.
I don’t have plans to extensively “cover” the current crisis now that I’ve resumed posting again. However, I recommend the weblog of Manuel L.
Quezon III (quezon.ph...
) for his excellent, well thought-out, and frequently updated commentaries on the so-called Gloriagate scandal.