Yesterday marked the start of the 4-day celebration of the EDSA 1 Anniversary. It was kicked-off by a wreath-laying ceremony by GMA and FVR at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. But it looks like it started off on the wrong foot.
GMA was piqued by FVRâ€™s speech when he started talking about the â€œcontinuing greed, apathy, and corruptionâ€. GMA walked out, without delivering her speech.
According to the news (and Iâ€™m just trying to recall what was flashed on the TV screen), part of GMAâ€™s speech said, â€œThe world celebrated with us at EDSA 1. The world tolerated us with EDSA 2. But another EDSA revolution will make us a laughingstock of the world.â€ And then it adds, â€œit will drive investors away.â€
Granted that she is right, then GMA has only herself to blame. The true character of her regime has finally been exposed — it is evil. And the people have every right to denounce her evil ways to the high heavens.
How dare she belittle EDSA 2, especially because she was its main beneficiary. It only shows she never believed in the peopleâ€™s cause. She only saw an opportunity to seize power. No wonder she found it easy to pardon Erap after only a few weeks of being convicted of plunder.
I feel betrayed and insulted. But rather than losing hope and giving up on people power, it gives me more resolve to be part of the emerging people power, if only to show GMA that it is for real, and that it can once again transform our nation.
I said it before and I will say it again, people power is not about the efforts of a significant few. Rather, it is about the coming together of the insignificant many. Each one of us counts.
This coming Monday, February 25, 2008, 3 PM — you can be counted by joining the Black and White Movement together with Pres. Cory Aquino and Jun Lozada at the Baclaran church as we celebrate the spirit of EDSA 1 with a mass celebration.
The truth is our perpetual help. Sa totoo tayo. Now na!