Pictures of Edsa Dos.
A lot of people who supported edsa dos 5 years ago, have changed their views lately. Pero wag mo raw silang tawagin na hypokrito.
Me, I supported Edsa One, but not Two.
UPDATE: Sabi ni MLQ3:
Edsa Tres had no leaders on the front lines, and no clergy to counsel peaceful protest. It became an attack on the Bastille that failed.
Edsa tres had no military support too, that's why it failed.
But that being the case, our fate will be decided in only one of two ways: a coup, or charter change. In both cases, most civilians will be on the sidelines as things play out.
Coup, huh? hindi na "people power" ang tawag, unlike edsa one and two? I guess bawal nang gamitin ang Edsa TM.
-- Defending Edsa Dos (posted: August 20, 2005)
UPDATE: UPDATE: From Randy David:
IT is amazing how People Power, a form of non-violent political action that Filipinos accidentally developed in their struggle against a dictatorship, has suddenly become an embarrassment to its inventors. Rather than draw strength and renewed commitment from its remembrance, those who mounted it, only feel disgust now. Its prime beneficiaries—those who came to power on its wings—fear it above all. Instead of heroism, they associate it with recklessness. Instead of the sacrifice, they only see the bid for power. Unable to praise it, they denigrate it. Such is the tragedy of people power.
A group of activists from Akbayan and Laban ng Masa dutifully showed up the other day at the People Power Monument, with placards bearing the single message: "Spirit of Edsa betrayed by Gloria." Implicit in that note at least is a continuing belief in some Edsa spirit, however we may understand it. In contrast, Malacanang would rather forget all about Edsa. Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye says "the people are losing faith in people power," dismissing it as "reckless gambles at power." How perspectives shift with time!
"Reckless gambles of power"???? UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE!!! HINDI BA KAYO AT ANG BOSS MO ANG NAKINABANG SA EDSA DOS, MR. BUNYE???
More from Ellen Tordesillas. I recall Ellen writing a best-selling book detailing Erap's excesses, so Ellen's not exactly an Erap supporter here (Just like Arroyo-critics JB Baylon and Conrad De Quiros).
But compared to Erap, I guess Arroyo's worse.
(I myself was VERY anti-Erap before and did not vote for him in the 1998 elections, but I found out later na mas malala at hypocritical pa pala yung mga kaaway niya. "Sugal, alak, babae"? Puh-lease. So yung galit ko kay erap, lumipat sa kaaway niya--which is really nakakagulat because I never liked erap from the beginning anyways.)
And Mike Arroyo remembers Edsa Dos.
Last Friday was the fifth anniversary of Edsa Dos that installed Arroyo in Malacañang without having been elected to the position. Not a word from Malacañang extolling the spirit of Edsa Dos as was their practice the last four years.
Hah, I agree. Nung Jan. 20, 2005, Malacanang released a press statement in observance of Edsa Dos 4th anniversary, where Arroyo, in a radio interview, said Edsa Dos' message was about "fighting graft which has also already corrupted our culture."
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said today’s observance of the 4th EDSA Dos anniversary is an opportune time for Filipinos to talk about how the country fared economically since she took over the national leadership four years ago.
EDSA Dos refers to that fateful day on January 20, 2001 when then President Joseph Estrada left Malacanang in response to the Filipinos’ demands for his resignation on account of his alleged involvement in massive graft and economic plunder.
Estrada was then on impeachment trial by the Senate. The day before, his majority Senate allies blocked the opening of the Jose Velarde bank documents that first person witness Clarissa Ocampo said were opened and personally signed by him in her presence.
In an interview over radio station DZEC, Mrs. Arroyo said EDSA Dos’ message then and now remains basically the same: "We have to fight graft which has also already corrupted our culture" and which has made the country an economic laggard for decades now.
More from Ellen:
Since Arroyo wants to abolish People Power with her Preemptive Calibrated Response, we would like to remind her how she extolled it on Jan. 20, 2001 at the Edsa Shrine when she took her oath before then Chief Justice Hilario Davide. Her words:
“..I pray that we will all be one – one in our priorities, one in our values and commitments, and one because of Edsa 2001.
“People Power and the ‘oneness’ of will and vision have made a new beginning possible.
“As we break from the past in our quest for a new Philippines, the unity, the Filipino’s sense of history, and his unshakeable faith in the Almighty that prevailed in EDSA ’86 and EDSA 2001 will continue to guide and inspire us.
“I am certain that Filipinos of unborn generations will look back with pride to EDSA 2001, just as we look back with pride to Mactan, the Katipunan and other revolts, Bataan and Corregidor, and EDSA ’86.
“People Power has dramatized the Filipino’s capacity for greatness.
“People of People Power, I ask for your support and prayers. Together, we will light the healing and cleaning flame.”
The whole speech is posted in Bunye’s website: www.news.ops.gov.ph
The speech can also be accessed here.
UPDATE: Tignan nyo yung nakalagay ngayon sa website ni Bunye dated Jan 20, 2006. Heh.