Of coups and other Pinoy pastimes
By lunch time, the television sets at the Training Center's dining rooms were all glued to the media coverage of the "events at EDSA." The TV stations cancelled their regular programming to devote full coverage of the "unfolding" events. By merely listening to the hysterical running commentary of the broadcasters, one would conclude that a million people have showed up at EDSA, or that Malacanang had been overpowered. The broadcasters kept on talking about an impending, forthcoming, expected, looming event - but none happened. They kept on talking about rallyists, about throngs of people, but their cameras couldn't show the bodycount. The roads were deserted. All that media hype was just that - hype. In fact, the coverage bordered on egging on a confrontation just so that they could report something exciting.
By afternoon, the TV stations resumed their regular programming. They probably figured out that cartoons were definitely more exciting than the so-called events unfolding at Ayala. It turns out only about 15,000 people showed up and most of these were core leftists (who rally about anything and everything everyday), Erap loyalists, and Brother Eddie's religious flock. By 7pm, the crowd had been dispersed. All that posturing by the opposition people have gone to naught. The people did not come.
Here's why. At least here's why I did not go:
1. As much as I think the President had done something wrong, and as much as I believe that there are more than 1 million people who are just as capable to become president, the people clamoring for GMA's resignation or removal from office has not been able to propose a viable alternative.
2. I may not like GMA, but I abhor, detest, hate ERAP even more. I love Cory, but sorry, I just can not stomach seeing her beside Erap cronies. It simply is not right.
3. If GMA cheated and she did not win the elections - then she placed second. The supposed winner is now dead. Had there been a protest and a recount, it would have taken this long to determine the actual results of the election so GMA would have been proclaimed just the same. People did not vote for De Castro for President. Many did vote for GMA for President.
4. I truly just want this country to move on. I am sick and tired of all these power struggle.