Sunday, March 19, 2006

The Aborted Walk in the Park

We thought it was going to be a walk in the park. Some of us were even planning to watch “V for Vendetta” after the walk. But it was not to be.

As soon as we stepped out of Aristocrat restaurant, a group of about 50 policemen blocked us demanding that we present a rally permit before they allow us to cross Roxas Blvd. towards Baywalk.

We argued that we were not holding a rally, we had no intentions to hold a program or deliver speeches, we had no placards or streamers, and we had no bullhorns or any sound system to call attention to ourselves. We simply wanted to walk at Baywalk, just as ordinary citizens are allowed to do. We did not need a permit for that. Besides, there were only about 22 of us plus a 3-year old child. How difficult would it be for them to stop us if they thought we were making trouble at the Baywalk?

They argued that they received intelligence report about our planned action for that day. (I wanted to say it didn’t take much intelligence to figure it out; it’s all published at our blog site – www.blackfridayprotest.blogspot.com). They insisted that the presence of media people was proof of the planned action. And that the T-shirts some of us were wearing which emblazoned the slogan: “Patalsikin na. Now na!” showed we were planning for more than just a walk.

Even assuming they had intelligence report of a huge rally-like gathering, the reality on the ground should have alerted the police commanding officer that this was not the rally they were anticipating. 22 people and a child can hardly be called a rally that could disrupt normal activities at the park. But the commanding officer stuck to his script… yes, it was almost like he was reciting his lines in rote, unmindful of whatever arguments we would present.

What about the presence of media? When GMA decided to take a Sunday stroll at Baywalk with her daughter and grandchild to project an image of stability, there was media too. And there were about 25 of them as well, if you count all of their security people. Did they get a permit for that walk? Are they now so paranoid that they fear 22 people and a child strolling along Baywalk and being covered by media would project instability? We have no control over what media decides to cover.

What about the printed slogan in our T-shirts? What about it? Is it now illegal to wear T-shirts proclaiming your convictions, even if it’s a political one? Do they find the slogan “Patalsikin na. Now na!” seditious? If they do, I suggest they ban Nike too. Their slogan, “Just do it!” when directed to the disaffected within the military is more seditious.

We decided to exercise our rights – we will cross Roxas Blvd, even if it meant doing so, one or two at a time.

And then it happened. While Dinky and I were waiting for the light to turn green at the pedestrian crossing, they arrested us. The charge: illegal assembly.

They brought us to the Manila Police headquarters along UN Avenue. It took more than 3 hours for them to prepare their affidavit of arrest. Either they were waiting for instructions from higher authority on how to “handle” the situation, or they were maliciously delaying the process so that the office of the inquest fiscal would be closed by the time the affidavit was ready. This would give them reason to detain us over the weekend.

By 11 pm, we were transported to the fiscal’s office at City Hall for inquest. I could sense that the fiscal found no basis for the charges. But she did not want to embarrass the arresting officers, and did not want to risk being reprimanded for a possible “politically incorrect” decision so she decided to play it safe – recommended “for further investigation”. Meanwhile, SOP dictates we remain in the custody of the police. Our lawyers argued. After consultation with her chief fiscal, she finally decided to release us, pending filing of formal charges.

I am convinced that, aside from the capable skills of our lawyers, what kept us from spending time in jail over the weekend were the presence of friends who staked out at the Police headquarters and at the City Hall and, of course, the presence of President Cory Aquino. She was with us the whole time. She did not need to call anyone or to say anything. Her mere presence exerted moral suasion on people to do what is right, or at least, to desist from doing wrong.

The intentions are clear – intimidate people from participating in even the most benign form of protest. Absolutely no activity critical of GMA will be allowed.

The methods are becoming increasingly more brazen, bereft of any attempt to cloak their actions with civility and some semblance of upholding the law. It’s almost as if the police have been given a blanket license to violate the basic rights of citizens. It’s de facto martial rule – promulgated with such arrogance that they feel they don’t even have to declare it.

And for as long as people who are convinced GMA should go, remain uninvolved, the abuse of our civil liberties will continue to escalate. It is our silence that emboldens them to raise the bar of oppression a notch higher.

It is time to stand up and speak out. Join us in the coming Black Friday silent protests. Invite your friends, too. Send a blank email to BlackFridayProtest-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to receive a regular bulletin of our upcoming actions.

Perhaps, the T-shirt slogan is timely after all. Patalsikin na. Now na!

God bless and save our country!

enteng



77 Comments:

Blogger Jose Rizal Jr. said...

gush, feeling ko GMA is now really threatened; and sa palagay ko, no one can stop her in using any of her people just to protect her presidency. she will hold on to her post kahit ilang beses nyang iviolate ang human rights. i can't wait to see her fall... kapal ng mukha nya!

anyway,.. next friday naman.. ibahin nyo ang nakasulat sa t-shirt. ito naman " PANGALANAN MO NA! NOW NA!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:32:00 PM  
Blogger Artemio de la Cruz said...

The illegitimate President Gloria Arroyo is a disgrace to the Philippines democratic way of life. The chilling effect of de-facto martial law has disastrous reaction to our civil liberties. To all patriotic Filipinos, don’t let Gloria Arroyo and her disgraced regime take away of freedom. We must unite and defend the republic from repressive government. The Gestapo police crackdown of political dissenters from all sectors of the society is a sign of a dying regime. Massive peaceful resistance will lead to the fall of corrupt and abusive Arroyo regime. RESIST POLITICAL REPRESSSION!

Monday, March 20, 2006 3:36:00 AM  
Blogger carlosceldran said...

"We simply wanted to walk at Baywalk, just as ordinary citizens are allowed to do."

Bullshit. Why are you now trying to switch your intentions? Sudden loss of nerve? If you are going to do a flash mob/rally/protest, OWN IT! Don't pretend otherwise. Such a spinelesss move on your movement's part.

By the way, your taglish slogan is just stupid. Change it if you want us to stop laughing at you.

Monday, March 20, 2006 7:22:00 AM  
Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

i've linked to this blog, is that okay?

Monday, March 20, 2006 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger derek tulipas said...

"TIGILAN NYO NA! NOW NA!" yan siguro ang mas mabuti nyong gawin para di kayo iiyak iyak dyan pag nakanti ng konti.

Monday, March 20, 2006 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger OpenMinded said...

I have a personal suggestion aside from this "baywalking" which is now considered illegal.

I agree with all those who suggested that at the very least we must have an Election ASAP, and that there must be a runoff to produce a “majority” president.

Not only that we need to amend the Election Code to effect a run-off, we must also Fully Automate the Election. Otherwise, it would be impractical as to cost and time.

Full Election Automation to me means: precinct level and online casting of votes. The integrity of online voting can be assured by:

- qualified voter personally appearing during the registration process
- centralized database to avoid duplication of identity and biometrics

The no. of possible candidates is limited only to the capacity allowed by the system hardware.

A candidate don’t even need to use money and campaign as their faces are pasted on screen for the voter to finger on, and votes are counted real time! Results are possible minutes after each voting cut-off time.

Then, a multilevel runoff is possible, say, top 100!, then top 10, then top 4, finally, top 2.

We can do this NOW if we have the will. How? Volunteerism.

I am willing to lend my PC and internet connection to my local precinct for this purpose.

We can do this even without the necessary amendment to the constitution because this is a voluntary effort. While the result to this would be unofficial another effort would make it so.

Remember, we will be doing this outside the infrastructure of the rotten electoral system? We might be able to establish a Parallel Government! All the Good Soldiers will do is to SHIFT LOYALTY. No bloodshed.

GMA could then continue her administration with her moroonic band of idiots in the newly built fully guarded Esperon Jail at Tanay, Rizal.

Monday, March 20, 2006 1:38:00 PM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

It just proves that this movement has no "principles" as what they're claiming. Mga walang bayag (sorry for the word). Here's why...

Before the so called walked in the Park. It's posted in their website as they planned Black Friday Bulletin #3 - Baywalk Makapili Protest.Designated time and place of flash protest for March 17:
BAYWALK, Roxas Blvd - 6:30 to 7:15 PM
Plan of action:
1) Wear BLACK. BRING ALSO HAT, SHADES, AND IMPROVISED HOOD similar to the hooded witness of DOJ (see attached photo).
2) Assemble in front of the Aristocrat Restaurant, Roxas Blvd. between 6:15 to 6:30pm
3) Wait awhile for other groups in black. Take a snack, if you wish, while waiting for others to arrive
4) At 6:30pm, cross Roxas Boulevard in single file towards Baywalk.
5) Put on your "Makapili" hooded outfit and mingle with the regular Friday strollers on Baywalk.
6) When the signal is given, line up single file along the road and face the street.
7) Do the "thumbs down" sign to passing vehicles.
8) On cue, disperse quietly.

Then after they we're arrested, quoted: "We simply wanted to walk at Baywalk, just as ordinary citizens are allowed to do."

What the hell....paano kami maniniwala sa ipinaglalaban nyo, eh di nyo naman kayang pangatawanan....It's clear TO PROTEST ang intention nyo.

Monday, March 20, 2006 2:22:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

jester in exile - of course, please do. Thank you!

Monday, March 20, 2006 2:29:00 PM  
Blogger cvj said...

Funny how people in the GMA camp talk about spinelessnes and lack of principles. Come to think of it, they know from where they speak.

Monday, March 20, 2006 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Hi cvj, glad of your visit. Yes, they certainly do. And have you noticed? They are becoming adept at mobyism. And I wonder when they'll all get together as a group and "rally" on the streets for their president.

Monday, March 20, 2006 2:48:00 PM  
Blogger manuelbuencamino said...

Carlos Celdran,

It did make the PNP look ridiculous didn't it?

Owning Up would have spared the PNP the embarrassment.

You and the PNP were the ones who Owned Up to the desperate attempts of the dwarf by the river to silence dissent.

The joke is on you and we can't stop laughing.

Monday, March 20, 2006 2:55:00 PM  
Blogger cvj said...

i doubt that will happen. if and when the junta comes, they will be the same bunch saying "let's move on" so the country can "move forward".

Monday, March 20, 2006 2:58:00 PM  
Blogger Jher said...

funny how people who do not agree with you automatically gets branded as "people from gma camp".

still doesn't answer why the defense "we are simply walking, what's wrong with that" when the clear intention was to do a protest as the blog title here says.

ohhh junta... scary. is that another word for "caretaker council"?

Monday, March 20, 2006 3:58:00 PM  
Blogger Ma Bantot said...

Let's move on na! Let's all make bowel movement! Pautotin ang pandak!!!

Monday, March 20, 2006 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger acidboy said...

i don't get it... so was not "owning up" the strategy to confuse the otherwise already confused pnp's? if that is the case then it is a strategy that is as ingenious as the trojan horse. if its hindsight... no comment na lang ako.

Monday, March 20, 2006 4:16:00 PM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

jher, still doesn't answer why dinky said the "talsik" doesn't refer to anyone in particular when Enteng pretty much referred to her by name a while back.

Failure of nerve?

Monday, March 20, 2006 5:05:00 PM  
Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

helga,

a couple of ideas:

1. wear protest shirts when malling, hanging out at some bar or something, but people together shouldn't have the same slogans or colors so that there wouldn't be any reason to call it a "lightning rally"; wear the black ones on organized protests
2. wear a protest parody shirt (e.g., "Black ang kulay ng T-shirt ko!")

information dissemination, i should think.

more power!

Monday, March 20, 2006 5:07:00 PM  
Blogger Gerel Roa said...

Going for a walk in Baywalk with kids and friends and going there to protest without a permit (as I think is the law nowadays) are two different things! Nadamay pa tuloy yung bata! If people wants to make a protest, then have the balls to stand up to it and admit it to hell with the consequence! Ang tatapang in the internet, on text messages, then pag nagkahulihan na, "naglalakad lang pu kami".

Me and my friends still enjoy our freedom to go around literally in packs, but I think this "Aborted Walk in the Park" is skewing up the facts.

If I want to make a protest, I will say it out loud and I will not be afraid or cower behind the back of a three year old. If I want to have my voice heard, I'll speak my mind and do everything I can for it to be so.

The only thing wrong about what happened is how the PNP and the justice system handled it. They should have more balls to file the charges then and there.

I hope people stop trying to be like the people in EDSA '86. It is clear that right now, the "oppression" is in the mind of individuals who would like to grab power.

If we really want change, then change in the person sitting on the "throne" is irrelevant.

Cheers!

Gerel Roa

Monday, March 20, 2006 5:09:00 PM  
Blogger makabayan88 said...

Takot na ang abusadang panda- sa may Pasig....

Sabi nga: "Guilty conscience needs no accuser."

Nakakatulog pa kaya si ate glue?
I wonder....

Monday, March 20, 2006 5:21:00 PM  
Blogger john marzan said...

"The pattern is obvious. When a government has lost the debate, it resorts to repression." -- malaya editorial.

http://www.malaya.com.ph/mar20/edit.htm

the admin sees what's happening to thaksin in thailand, and they're afraid -- so they overreact with the CPR.

Monday, March 20, 2006 7:25:00 PM  
Blogger cvj said...

"It is clear that right now, the 'oppression' is in the mind of individuals who would like to grab power." - Gerel Roa

I wonder how many of the anti-anti-GMA's seriously believe the above is the case? If yes, then it's probably a matter of clarifying the situation for them. If not, then it's clearly a case of free-riding on the part of the armchair critics.

Monday, March 20, 2006 8:17:00 PM  
Blogger enteng said...

At starbucks, we sipped our coffee and hang out for a while, as is the right of every paying customer.

At MRT, we rode the train to Ortigas, waited for friends at the station, as is the right of every commuter who bought a ticket.

But before we quietly dispersed, we did the thumbs down sign as our way of expressing our disapproval of 1017 and other repressive measures of this ever-menacing fascist administration. Last I heard, it is still guaranteed by our constitution.

No programs. No speeches. No distribution of leaflets. No public inconvenienced. NO RALLY.

Last Friday we tried to do the same thing. We wanted to walk along BAYWALK, just as ordinary citizens are allowed to do. And to do the thumbs down sign before we disperse, just as free citizens are allowed to do.

But they did not let us.

Now, who's to blame?

Monday, March 20, 2006 9:10:00 PM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

I'm not a pro-GMA nor pro-caretaker council of a so called whatever movement. I am a Filipino citizen who respects the rule of law.

I'm just sick and tired of people yaking about rights repression when they themselves don't understand the real meaning of a democratic society. Wait ti'll Ka ROger takes over the entire achiepelago, then we'll see.......

Monday, March 20, 2006 9:36:00 PM  
Blogger enteng said...

Why not just say "Patalsikin si GMA?"

1. A slogan must have a sound bite. "Patalsikin na. Now na!" not only rhymes, but also syllabicates better. It appeals to the young and the middle class - our target audience.

2. The flash protest was designed to entice the reluctant middle class - those who believe GMA must go, but not prepared to join the usual rallies. It's low-risk (at least before last Friday), low-involvement, and non-confrontational. "Patalsikin na si GMA" is too confrontational for the audience we want to involve.

3. We thought the slogan should outlive the current crisis, and can be applied to any corrupt leader at whatever level and at whatever time.

GMA admitted she talked to a Comelec official. We know who she was referring to, even though she never bothered to name him.

We say "Patalsikin na." You know who we are referring to, even without us naming her.

All this macho talk about owning up even at the risk of being jailed to prove courage comes easy from those whose only encounter in the struggle is through the keyboard.

It's difficult enough to fight for our rights in this fascist regime, given the unabated repressive measures. Why handicap yourself further by getting incarcerated, and losing your ability to carry on the fight?

We fight to win the battle, not to win the applause of those in the sidelines.

Monday, March 20, 2006 9:36:00 PM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

"Why handicap yourself further by getting incarcerated, and losing your ability to carry on the fight?"

I rest my case. :)

Monday, March 20, 2006 9:55:00 PM  
Blogger Buduy said...

Hay, napakahina ng grupong ito!!! The exchange rate is so fuckin stable and boring today despite the rockus last Friday, how the hell are speculators like me gonna make money from you guys. Can't you do a better job of destabilizing the Philippines. This is the first time I'm seeing the Central Bank actually think about defending the dollar. If this blog is so popular why are there only a few who actually comment tapos puro galit sa inyo pa. Then pare parehong tao pa, tapos yung nag dedefend, kayo kayo din. Ano ba yan! Enteng claims to be a sales and marketing guro, I'm sure he can use his expertise to hype up this group and get more people to support it. C'mon guys, some of you claim to be in IT. Use your processing intelligence to get this moving. OK one of the comments said I need to give productive statements so here are a few marketing gimmicks you can do;
1. Pay squatters, I'm sure if you have a budget for shirts, you can buy some ramen noodles to feed the poor and have them join your rallies.
2. Make posters like the magdalo but design them better, and not newsprint paper please and by the way, own it and to quote one of the comments "have some balls".
3. Paint the walls like the NPA. Be more creative though than "Pabagsakin GMA-US Govt" in red paint. Lagyan niyo ng konting artistry.

OK ayan ha, productive comments.

More power!!!

Monday, March 20, 2006 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger john marzan said...

still doesn't answer why the defense "we are simply walking, what's wrong with that" when the clear intention was to do a protest as the blog title here says.

at bawal ba yung balak nilang gawin na protesta? you know, i thought it was "safe" and "non-confrontational" yung black friday protest, enteng... you lie, YOU LIE!!! ;)

ayoko nang magsuot ng itim at maglakad sa baywalk while giving the thumbs down sign, baka damputin pa ako eh.

I'm just sick and tired of people yaking about rights repression when they themselves don't understand the real meaning of a democratic society.

i think you and garcillano and your president are the ones who don't understand the meaning of the word DEMOCRACY.

i mean, kung pati yung ginawa nila na yan ay pagbabawalan mo pa, it shows na pathetic talaga ang admin na ito. sige bagong bayani, kung nabubwisit ka sa blog na ito, doon ka na lang sa PHILSTAR at Sassy lawyer blog magbasa.

Hay, napakahina ng grupong ito!!!

yup, kaya dapat silang ipakulong LAHAT!!!

Monday, March 20, 2006 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger Buduy said...

I dont agree na dapat ipakulong ang grupong ito, please dont misunderstand me. This group provides me with fun because of the boring happenings here in Singapore. Sinusuportahan ko nga eh, by giving productive comments. I hope they make use of them. I am a loyal fan of Lucio Tan and he predicted that because of groups like this the peso will hit 100:1. Wawa na lang kayong nakatira sa pinas and windfall for people like me that make money from the suffering in our country. OK guys, lets make the Pinoys suffer some more. Kulang pa kasi eh. Ok, ok, just because I stay here in Singapore, I am shielded pero wala eh....there was a company here that thinks I should run an MNC here so wala ako magawa....naghahanap buhay lamang. So I will continue to support groups that destabilize and I can make use of in getting my own self interest. Anyway I will just be like my idols such as people we already know like Marcos, Cory, FVR, Erap, GMA, even Joma and ALL the people who claim they are doing something for the people, of course they refer to themselves in reality since they think they are the people. I can also claim that 80% of the people, in other words, "80% of the people I know and that can profit from me". Haha, I can also produce signatures. I'll just ask the maids here to sign 1,000,000 different times and give them 1 peso for each signature. Punta lang ako sa Lucky Plaza, ok na, eh di may loyal following na ako with proof pa just like this group. OK tulog na ako. Unlike the guys who run this group, who claim to have day jobs but seem to be focusing on something else. If the people who used my services or are stockholders in my company found out that I wasted my time during the day on things like this, why the hell would I make you run the company or invest in your company in the first place. Anyway, another story na yan. Goodnight.

Monday, March 20, 2006 11:22:00 PM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

buduy, good suggestions, let me add some more -
4. Get some colegialas to line up along Taft Avenue and shout the slogan in an irritating high-pitched chorus "Patalsikin na! NOW na!" the way it was meant to be said! Bahala na sila to make ihip-ihip the usok of the bus.

5. Get someone with a bit more gumption to throw a cream pie at Ate Glue's face. Aim low.

6. Nasa Singapore ka lang naman, Buduy, why don't you make sunog the Lucky Plaza? Then those icky maids won't be able to remit their pera! They'll just make gulong-gulong in the Gulong-gulong park and watch the smoke drift way up high... and our economy sink so low!

7. BlackFriday protesters - why not join Wowowee - Ibalik ang Saya? There's your chance to tweak Gloria's nose further - get your slogan read by the remaining Wowowee home partners, do your thumbs down on air, and reach more people in the process! That is, if you can dodge the stampeding crowd out to get more tickets.

Destabilizing a country - it's easy if you know how!

Monday, March 20, 2006 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

There's a simple explanation to why all the Glo lovers have come to roost here, cluck, cluck. They, and the rest of the Luli internet brigade have been so alarmed at the fact that a little group like ours has been able to steal their thunder and make their president take real notice. Plain and simple jealousy. You guys just can't stand it when we rock your safe, little, corrupt, pseudo-elite world. It is so disturbing when 22 people can discumbobulate your imagined superiority.

We are doing far more than just typing letters off a keyboard. We do not hide behind anonymity. The very fact that we are seen actively out on the streets in defiance of this regime is far more courageous than all your blubber. If you really believe in your regime, have the courage to get your asses off your Lazy Boys and rally for the little woman, will you? Since you're all oh so very proud of her. Get yourselves seen on TV, wave at yo mommas in your Gloria Forever tees. Only then will you really have the right to your say.

Monday, March 20, 2006 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

Helga.... now your supressing my freedom to express my own opinion, let me just quote you "Only then will you really have the right to your say." What do you mean by that..... Are you saying that just becouse i don't show myself in front of a TV camera, i don't have the right to say what i feel is right....Where's your so called democracy. Your directly attacking my credibility by saying "pakawala ako ni GMA, na tauhan ako ni Luli. May ebidensya ka ba..stick to the facts and issue. Ano na ang pagkakaiba nyo sa taong gusto nyong patalsikin. Kung gusto nyo nang personalan, sige ito personalan na...bakit hanggang ngayon 17000+ pa rin ang mga suporters nyo (signature campaign in your website) to oust PGMA?, eh milyon ang papulasyon natin, bakit youth and middle class lang ang target nyo eh majority nang populasyon natin mahihirap?. Di ba sila ang ugat nang pinaglalaban natin, ang mga pobreng mahihirap na palagi na lang ginagamit nang mga burgis at elitistang tulad nyo. Imbes tulungan natin silang maging self-sufficient and self sustaining, imbes na bumuo kayo nang grupo na magtuturo sa ating mga mahihirap na kababayan para magsikap, eh ginagatungan pa natin. At ang mga middle class, yuppies na siyang target nyo pala, eh pag napikon sa ekonomiya nang Pinas eh mag-aabroad na lang yang mga yan to seek greener bucks (sa iba...di ko po kayo nilalahat, majority lang). Anyway this will be the last time i'm posting any comment since hindi naman pala welcome dito ang opinion ko.

By the way, i don't hide behind anonymity. My name is Gregorio "Greg" De Guzman, i'm 30 years old, currently working in a major telecommunication firm dito sa Pinas(excuse me if i won't mention my company name to protect their interest). Wala akong kotse, nag-MRT lang ako..Sa paranaque ako nakatira, graduate ako nang Mapua. May asawa at concern sa kinabukasan nang mga anak ko. Asiwa na sa mga tulad nyo na mahilig magdunong-dunungan, wala namang malinaw na pangmatagalang plataporma, na ang libangan ay magpatalsik nang magpatalsik nang mga presidente (as if hobby na nila). Malapit nang mawalan nang pag-asa sa Pinas at naghihintay na lang nang H1B visa papuntang America kasama ang buo kong pamilya. Na kahit labag sa aking kalooban na makipagsapalaran ay wala naman akong magawa sapagkat gusto kong bigyan nang magandang buhay ang mga anak ko na matagal na pinagkait nang aking bansang sinilangan dahil sa walang katapusang iringan sa Pulitika. So are this enough information (sorry i can't give my exact address, para na rin sa kaligtasan nang pamilya ko, pero kung malakas intel. nyo wala naman akong magagawa), bahala na kayo, i'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 6:25:00 AM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

Greg de Guzman has a point there. It's easier to accuse naysayers of being "members of Luli Arroyo's internet brigade" or some other crap like that, or being paid hacks in Gloria's employ, rather than take a good hard look at what exactly you're inciting the "middle class" to do and wonder why there are so few takers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 6:31:00 AM  
Blogger cvj said...

"now your supressing my freedom to express my own opinion" - Gregorio "Greg" De Guzman

How can make that assertion and then proceed to post a 450 word rant? It's not like your being detained by the police. Anyway, you haven't said anything that hasn't been said by open letters of that genre before. Bumenta na iyan.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 7:56:00 AM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

cvj - may context ang statement nya.

"Get yourselves seen on TV, wave at yo mommas in your Gloria Forever tees. Only then will you really have the right to your say," says Helga.

"Now your supressing my freedom to express my own opinion... What do you mean by that..... Are you saying that just becouse i don't show myself in front of a TV camera, i don't have the right to say what i feel is right.... Where's your so called democracy?" says Greg.

Sino ba si Helga to dictate who has the right to their say? After the events last Friday, you'd have thought na natuto na sya.

It's actually quite illuminating - apparently, for some people here, some have more free speech than others. Helga paints dissenters as members of Luli's Internet Brigade and believes they have no right to free speech. John Marzan would rather exile opposing views to other blogs.

cvj, remember when you asked me if I believed a certain political outcome could be possible if the opposition "just shut up"?

Not me, cvj, not me.
;)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:10:00 AM  
Blogger cvj said...

micketymoc, that reaction is clearly a case of 'oppression [being] in the mind of the individual'. Helga, John, and you have every right to say what others can do with their misguided ideas as long as they don't use the instruments of the State as a means for repression. You're using the right arguments against the wrong targets.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:27:00 AM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

cvj - "'oppression [being] in the mind of the individual'."

and you just answered your own question. ;)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:32:00 AM  
Blogger Tarantula said...

ano ba ang nangyari sa america bago naging matino? ano ang nangyari sa apat na presidente doon? dapat ganun din mangyari sa atin. kahit noon pa man ay may mga Aguinaldo at Bonifacio na na nagkakabanggaan. Nakakalungkot ang lahing pinoy, hindi nga talaga tayo puro. para tayong halo-halo sa tag-araw. marami tayong kalahi na walang karangalan at dignidad. lagi na lang kinasangkapan ang bayan, ang masa pero ang habol lang talaga ay pera at kapangyarihan. hayaaan na lang natin silang mabusog at sumabog ang tiyan sa katakawan. hayaan nyo may-araw din sila...greenspider

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:15:00 AM  
Blogger Gloria_Alis_na said...

bagong bayani, yang pinagsasabi mo di dapat sa ginamit mong pangalan. grabe naman at nasikmura mo ang pinagagawa ni Gloria. i'm sure pag nagbasa yan ng mga kamag-anak mo pinagsasabi mo ikinahihiya ka nila. magising na sa katutuhanan tol!!!
yang pinasasabi mo hindi para sa kinabukasan ng iyang mga anak. pagnagpatuloy si gloria walang kinabukasan anak natin tol!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:20:00 AM  
Blogger greggie villanueva said...

I just created a blog dedicated to all the Filipinos that believes on NOW NA.

The website is http://nowna.blogspot.com.

This is for all the Filipinos that believes on NOW NA, SOBRA NA, TAMA NA, BABA KA NA.

Thanks,

Greggie

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:26:00 AM  
Blogger greggie villanueva said...

I suggest that we produce stickers which will print in BOLD letters NOW NA.

This will mean that all freedom loving Filipinos would want the great pretender in Malacanang to resign, NOW NA.....

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:35:00 AM  
Blogger greggie villanueva said...

The stickers NOW NA shall be prominently displayed in all the cars or vehicles in Metro Manila and in the Philippines which will read NOW NA....thanks

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:39:00 AM  
Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

greg,

what about us commuters and pedestrians? not all of us have wheels.

nice idea, by the way.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger Jher said...

"Cluck, cluck... Luli Internet Brigade... Plain and simple jealousy... You guys just can't stand it when we rock your safe, little, corrupt, pseudo-elite world..."

I love you Helga. Idol na kita. Very eloquent! Buti na lang marunong din kaming mag ingles.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger cvj said...

jher, lame.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger lahingbughaw said...

Enteng:

Pabili ng T-shirt. Ibebenta ko dito sa Japan

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Jher said...

cvj - oh were you expecting a more thought provoking, mind-boggling, earth shaking reaction from helga's reply? teka ask ko muna si luli baka may suggestion sya.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger cvj said...

jher, not really.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Jego said...

It was a clear victory for the B&W movement. You should be thanking the Gesta- I mean PNP.

Sana you stuck to your script. "We were on our way to Baywalk to do our thumbs-down sign, then we'll go see a movie." and "Yes, the T-shirt does refer to GMA." Maybe next time if the PNP is stupid enough to pull the same stunt again.

I still don't believe in your movement, though. 'People power' encourages military adventurism whether you like it or not because of precedents that have been set in our recent history. In fact I'd like to see the B&W make a clear statement about whether or not it's in favor of any form of military intervention. But you were well within your rights to hold that thumbs-down thing.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger greggie villanueva said...

To Jester_in_Exile

For our friends who doesnt have wheels, I suggest that the sticker be placed prominently in your breast to show your disgust and resignation of someone up there in Malacanang. NOW NA..

NOW NA must be our battlecry. We should spread the word to all the 80 Million Filipinos.

Let us not allow someone to trample our rights. If this Administration is asking the Military and the Police to keep off from Politics, the Military and the Police should also keep off from the people who are against the great pretender in Malacanang.

We should allow these people to express themselves responsibly.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger Buduy said...

Ano ba kayo!!!

Palpak nanaman. Don't you guys follow my advise.

http://www.philstar.com/philstar/news200603210701.htm

Stocks in all time high tapos peso nasa uptrend.

Suggest you use more drastic measures of destabilization. PLease, are you pulling my leg - "stickers?"

I'm losing money here with the improvements in the Philippines. Please guys. As you can see I'm all for your movement and mind you I am not close to the Arroyo's but yes my family did financially support Cory's, FVRs and JDVs presidential campaign. And yes, my relatives did get secretarial posts in all those administrations. Shit lang itong si Gloria, mahina kami pero ok lang, as i said, i will support your movement. For sure, i'll just pay up whomever will take over whether group or individual to get my self interests in the Philippines. I've been telling my clients here not to invest in Philippines and to look at India but the numbers coming out are making me look stupid. Hay!!!

So aside from my sufferings, kawawa din mga maids dito at lumiliit ang pesos na napapadala nila. Pati ako, tumataas ang gastos ko tuwing uwi ako ng pinas ngayon because of the ex rate. This blog just reaches a few of us who have internet access. You got to make Gloria feel the heat man. Those stupid stickers are dumb marketing. I think I already listed some better ideas to get your movement going, 50 members or even 18k will not cut it, you have to get numbers, real numbers. Do hakot just like Erap, you got to make hakot poor people, the ones who dont care to much about principles or politics, they just want to eat, so ok na yung ramen. You want to challenge the law anyway, might as well break it all the way and challenge the whole system. Hopefully this will create chaos and anarchy. Sorry na lang sa mga nakatira sa pinas pero that's what you guys want naman diba.

Please I have already given you so many ideas. Lets all work together for the continued suffering of the country. Heyey to self interest. Pero, ok ako diyan sa junta na idea na yan. Ok yan, historically proven to be very destructive and more oppressive than simple dictatorships. Anyway you guys are from IT, history books don't mean much to you.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:52:00 PM  
Blogger manuelbuencamino said...

Why don't you sponsor a poster competition for the most creative anti-GMA slogan ?

You can ask a friendly gallery or coffeehouse to exhibit the artwork.

With a big opening and media coverage.

Offer prizes P10.000 first prize. P7000 second and P5000 3rd. That's only five hindred dollars.

I will chip in $100 so all you need to raise is $400.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:27:00 PM  
Blogger Buduy said...

God US$100, or US$500 in total for an anti GMA slogan. Lets see US$500=P25k. I will stick to my suggestion. 25k/P2.50 per ramen = 1,000 ramen so I can feed 1 meal for 1k poor people and all i have to do is tell them to come to join any protest and get a free ramen. OK kung ganyan, ok yan. Then lets have the B&W conveners speak like politicians with all the rhetorics in front. Boto ako diyan. Labo nung contest, for 10k punta ka na lang sa wowowee, mas malaki pa makuha mo. Wala pa gastos sa pag gawa ng poster.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:05:00 PM  
Blogger Buduy said...

sorry 10k ramen pala yon. di ko kasama yung bombay ko na calculator ko. pero kita mo 10k na poor people we can feed. tapos puede pa hakot for a B&W rally. wow ok yon. press coverage will come automatically. You can also feed the press the ramen. Payag din sila sa ramen.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger jade said...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Great idea, manuelbuencamino! Thank you for your offer, let me pitch it to the guys. No offense meant, don't know if we'd offer that much in prize money. It might be misconstrued. Maybe we could think up of other ways to reward the entrants. Another variation could be an exhibit of artists' interpetations of the current situation, with GMA as focal point, in collage form. Am not too familiar with the mechanics, but am sure some of us would know how to mount this.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger jade said...

a.) I would have replied the same as Dinky and Enteng. It was not cowardice. It was trying to make a point... that is how RIDICULOUS the police' action was. OBVIOUSLY, everyone would surmise it's pointing to GMA. In my opinion, The "denial" served to emphasize that the right to wear whatever you want and and stroll wherever you want is superior to the right (if there ever is) of the police to interpret "subjectively" what the words meant.

b.) Pansin ko lang laging may intro yun mga nagmamaliit sa mga galit kay GMA. "I am not PRO-GMA." bakit kaya? takot ba kayong mabahiran ng dungis niya? EH naniniwala naman kayong she is the best person to lead this country di ba? at saka plano daw ni God na andyan siya at saka LEt's Move on WITH GMA di ba? Eh di suportahan niyo siya dapat kasi kawawa naman siya sa amin at baka mapatalsik nang di oras. Sabi ng surveys, 65% gusto mag-resign siya. Isigaw niyo naman "NO!!! WE LOVE GMA AS PRESIDENT!!". Iparating niyo sa kanya na hindi totoo yun. baka pinapawisan na siya ng malamig sa Malacanang.

c.) Inaapi-api niyo ang movement na ito, mga miyembro at mga pinaninindigan. Eh bakit araw-araw andito kayo? Gumawa na lang kaya kayo ng sarili niyong website? Dun niyo isigaw na sawang sawa na kayo sa amin. Huwag kayong mag-alala, di namin kayo guguluhin dun. PROMISE.. di ba guys?? Pero sige kung LOVE na LOVE niyo tong site nato .. karapatan niyo naman yan...

Sabi nga di ba... I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight for you right to say it.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Romeo said...

http://alisnanowna.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 2:49:00 AM  
Blogger bighante1 said...

i am part of the middle class... i think so cause i live in an exclusive village in muntinlupa... AAV to be certain.
My friends and I would love to be part of the movement. its just that we all believe in one thing.... SHE IS OUT OF OFFICE!!!
thing is, we also believe that there has to be someone who WE all believe can run the country. WHO may that be???? WE all have to agree on that someone before we do actually join the cause. ALL groups have NEVER chosen that specific person and have not agreed on him/her. IF and when that happens, I will assure you, WE WILL BE THERE. if not, good luck to your cause. WE ALL WANT HER OUT of the country if possible.... but WHO WILL LEAD US? WE WILL NEVER FOLLOW THE "BAHALA NA" CONCEPT.

if you guys find and agree on someone who will lead us all, just maybe then will we join you. other than that, e shall just applaud your conviction and maybe also talk about it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 2:52:00 AM  
Blogger bighante1 said...

another thing i left out, we are all here for one reason and im sure we all agree on it. " we are all Filipinos". We may have downfalls and all, its just that, have we acceptd the fact that we chose GLORIA instead of ERAP? we may have made the "wrong" decision but we all decided on it 5 years ago. It is sad but too late for US to do anything.

so many solutions but nobody agrees on the one answer. the question is, "WHAT IS IT?"

WE all love our country and will die for it (so i hope), WE all love our country but what will we do? everyone has sugestions and maybe even answers..... are we all willing to accept the outcome whether it be a good or bad one depending on our choices???

its sad to see us Filipinos fighting for what we all think is right for US when all we see is our own agenda. what may that be???

I am a sinner too but please, let us all agree on one thing.... change is good. what do we change is another.

If all things fail, there is always the last resort..... NEVER VOTE AGAIN and just leave the country!!!

I will by april.... i lost all hope. GOD BLESS US ALL.....

Let us all be friends and.... forget it..... i will just drink with my friends till i leave.

GOOD LUCK ALL!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 3:22:00 AM  
Blogger greggie villanueva said...

Greggie said....some said if we change, who will take over. anyway they said they are all the same, so why change.
this is very unfortunate perception of what needs to be changed.

I cannot agree that of the 80 Million or so Filipinos, only the occupant in Malacanang is the only qualified to run the affairs of this government. This is an insult to the majority of the Filipinos.

Why change if they are all the same? Again this is an unfortunate perception. This is again an insult to the majority of the Filipinos.

WE never thought FVR was a good President. He was a good President. Marcos, somehow has the vision and was in fact to some extent a good President. President Cory, was also a good President. No matter what you say, President Erap, despite the dirts thrown at him, was also to some extent a good president.

But mind you nobody among the presidents that I have mentioned above have demonstrated so much lies, cheating, corruption, treachery, and even preventing people from testifying in an investigation to cover her misdeeds and that of her administration. Never before this has happened, not even during the Marcos time, on the issue of suppression of information to cover up the misdeeds.

Majority of the Filipinos cannot accept an excuse that so what if there were lies and cheating, if there is no one can replace her.

This is not a good example to our children.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 3:51:00 AM  
Blogger Buduy said...

I agree with Greggie, they were all good presidents. Good in propagating their self interest. Lets enumerate;
1. Marcos - obviously he wanted to die rich, ayon hangang ngayon naka aircon na kahit patay na.
2. Cory - ngayon pinagpapatay yung mga trabahador sa Hacienda Luisita para di ma land reform.
3. FVR - di pa niya alam kung iba bust siya ni GMA sa mga kalokohan hiya during his term.
4. Erap - gusto lang paland gawin Karaoke and Malacanang.
5. GMA - mukhang gusto maging Marcos.

This is not uncommon. Even here in Singapore. The wife of the current prime is the Ministry of Finance of the country and also the CEO of Temasek holdings which is the biggest holding company here in Singapore which owns to name a few Singtel, Singapore Air, Shin Corp, Globe Telecom and a few other corporations in the SEA region.

Self interest is the name of the game. Its how well you disguise it that matters. So mga pinoy nasa pinas pa and all groups that are moving for the retention or ouster of Gloria. Its the skill of hiding the self interest that is needed. That is one skill the Filipino has yet to develop. Kasi hangang ngayon, laging statement "I speak for the people". "I represent the people/majority". "I have x number of signature"....choo...choo... and mga statements. Thats all a big BS as we all already know. Tapos pag napipikon na....naiiyak na tapos sabihin inaapi. Wow man, what a loser. OK...good morning to all. Sarap ng tulog ko.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 7:09:00 AM  
Blogger Buduy said...

Sorry for the typos, di ko napa edit sa aking secretary na pinay.

Corrections;

1. Instead of "paland" to palang in line 11.
2. Add minister after "prime" in line 15.
3. Instead of "Ministry" to minister in line 15 also.

Inaantok pa kasi ho. Pag nakita ng mga titser ko ito sa Ateneo, yari ako baka ipaulit sa akin ang English at Flipino classes ko at ipabalik ako sa pinas. Eh eto na nga, natututo na rin ako mag mandarin para makausap ng mabuti mga intsik dito.

PS. Nakita ko si Imee Marcos dito kahapon sumasakay ng escalator paakyat ng office ko. Nag "hi at hello" lang kami dahil paalis ako. Mukhang ok naman siya kasama ng boyfriend niya. OK siya dito mukhang ordinariong tao. Kung alam lang nila kung ilan tao ang pinagpapatay ng erpat at ermat niya sa pinas.Wow. Sarap rin siguro ng tulog nila gabi gabi.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 7:37:00 AM  
Blogger Helga said...

Bighante1, if there's anything you can do, is make that choice of leader with your vote, even if you leave us. Sad thing is that most of us have never really put the value of our vote on the line bacause we've been brainwashed into believing everybody cheats. When the opportunity comes, and it will, to clean up COMELEC, get a good roster of candidates (these leaders do exist, you just have to look for them, really), you will have your say. The loss of that hope is what will kill us. That is what GMA wants you to believe.

Do not accept the excuses we are given. Keep on searching for and demanding the truth. Never forget the cause of this crisis - it isn't a lack of leaders, it's the lying, cheating, stealing woman by the Pasig. First, she must be made to resign, be impeached, or ousted non-violently, then tried for her crimes. But because she's soooo afraid of being led away in chains, she will fight tooth and nail to keep that day at bay. Do not allow her the chance of her dream - to remain fake president for life.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 8:17:00 AM  
Blogger Buduy said...

This will be my last post na, nakakapagod din pala kayo. I am a loser na rin like Bagong Bayani but I guess I was wrong to have even tried. So these are my final words to this group.

1. We will be judged by the way we judge others. Mga tsong elementary yan. If you do not learn to forgive, you shall not be forgiven too. You accuse GMA of breaking every law of the 10 commandments. Haven't you or I broken any of them? Not only once but more and continue to do so every day? Let the one without no sin throw the first rock, ika nga ng master ko.

2. This is a waste of time with all this rhetoric. The bottom line is people are suffering in our country, whats the use of all this rhetoric if I am still unable to feed a single mouth or help somebody in need PERSONALLY. Not saying, I am part of this or that group. Start with yourself, because that is the only one true person you can influence and know what intentions you really have. That is the message I have been trying to tell you the whole time. Why I have been mocking you and being sarcastic. I waste my time doing this because it gets boring here and might as well try to help you guys focus on what really matters.

Ok tama na yan. Di naman ako si Master JC who has all the wisdom and knows the plans for all of us. So sa mga fans ko. Goodbye and God Bless you all.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:01:00 AM  
Blogger Buduy said...

PS. Go and just do your job, if you have one, if not, make your life productive and see if you can help strangers and enemies. Do it well and just offer it and everything else to God. Just make sure you can really offer it, OK?. From there everything else will follow. Old saying na yan pero parang lagi natin nakakalimutan.

Sorry pahabol. Last na talaga. Goodbye.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:05:00 AM  
Blogger john marzan said...

I dont agree na dapat ipakulong ang grupong ito, please dont misunderstand me.
i apologize then. i did not read your entire post kasi eh. you may not think much of BnW, but apparently, the arroyo admin doesn't share your views, buddy. And why is that?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 3:45:00 PM  
Blogger jade said...

why do you people assume that people who express dissent do not have day jobs, are not productive and do not care for the future of the country??? Wag naman kayo ganyan.
We just differ as to what we think is the best foundation upon which to develop the country's future. Pare-pereho tayong may mga problema araw-araw, naghahanap-buhay para may pambayad ng tubig, ilaw, etc etc. Siguro nga lang sa iba, basta may maisusubo sa bibig nila at sa mga anak nila, may cable tv, cellphone, may pang-sine at nakakalakwatsa sa MEgamall tuwing linggo, at may pambayad sa application ng visa para makatakas sa bansang ito, OKAY NA.
Sa iba naman, may mas mahalaga pa kesa sa mga nabanggit sa itaas.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 5:25:00 PM  
Blogger carlosceldran said...

"Why don't you sponsor a poster competition for the most creative anti-GMA slogan ?

You can ask a friendly gallery or coffeehouse to exhibit the artwork.

With a big opening and media coverage.

Offer prizes P10.000 first prize. P7000 second and P5000 3rd. That's only five hindred dollars.

I will chip in $100 so all you need to raise is $400."

Guys. You aren't serious again here are you? Oh my goodness PLEASE DO THIS CONTEST! Pretty pretty please.

I will chip in a prize too and be mooooorrree than happy to post all winning entries on my blog.

Oooh. Goody goody. I can't wait.

I got one: "Shet her. Oust her now na!" or "Vamos a makibaka!, dude."

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 8:27:00 PM  
Blogger carlosceldran said...

"All this macho talk about owning up even at the risk of being jailed to prove courage comes easy from those whose only encounter in the struggle is through the keyboard."

Whatever guys! It's not that we are afraid of being part of the "struggle". Its just the struggle is only YOUR struggle.

A HELL OF A LOT OF US ARE NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR CAUSE. Period.

Accept it.

Good gosh. This whole anti Gloria thing has got you guys all in a twist. I suggest lying low for now. Re strategizing. And relaunch yourselves with a clear platform and clear ALTERNATIVE plan to gma.

And then maybe we'll start taking you seriously and actually feel bad for you when you get arrested.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 8:34:00 PM  
Blogger carlosceldran said...

Oh. and a better slogan too. It ain't working.

"1. A slogan must have a sound bite. "Patalsikin na. Now na!" not only rhymes, but also syllabicates better. It appeals to the young and the middle class - our target audience.

2. The flash protest was designed to entice the reluctant middle class - those who believe GMA must go, but not prepared to join the usual rallies. It's low-risk (at least before last Friday), low-involvement, and non-confrontational. "Patalsikin na si GMA" is too confrontational for the audience we want to involve.

3. We thought the slogan should outlive the current crisis, and can be applied to any corrupt leader at whatever level and at whatever time."

These theories about your slogan aint working. It aint natural. It feels manufactured. Remember, you can't sell a protest movement the way you can a shampoo.

Good luck. I'm rooting for ya. I always have a soft spot for the underdog.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 8:38:00 PM  
Blogger greggie villanueva said...

Our friend Buduy is entitled to his opinion. I am glad he is making money in Singapore. Ateneo where he came from, must be proud of him. We only differ on the perception and belief of the past presidents. We have one thing in common though, the present occupant in Malacanang should not be there on the first place.

Helga, we have many things in common. We both dont want a fake president to govern the country. We have so much fakes in the Philippines. Please God my prayer to you is help us, spare my country to be run by a fake president.

I agree with Jade. All the people that is giving comments here have jobs. It is not correct to say that we have nothing to do that is why we are here just making comments. In my case for example, I am not trying to brag, but I am buying a 176 room hotel in the United States.

Thank Carlos Celdran for that idea of putting up a contest for an Anti GMA slogan. And there is a prize for it.

I think instead of going into a contest, lets just put up a slogan which will say: NOW NA, and the money you are offering can be given to the Black and White Movement so they can pay it to the manufacturer of the sticker.

Good luck folks, have fun....

Thursday, March 23, 2006 4:25:00 AM  
Blogger sunny rasheed lucman pacasum said...

POWER TO THE PEOPLE
By: sunny rasheed lucman pacasum

Now it seems almost an eternity since I left Muslim Mindanao. Word has it that my cousin is dead set on carrying on with his cause as a Mujahideen. I can be considered a typical barrio boy who abruptly found himself in the big city. While my cousin and I have parted ways ideologically, we still share the same perennial love and concern for the land of our birth, and everyday that passes by, I thank God for moving me closer to the time when I will be going home. Call me naïve, but I still believe in the resilience of our race. Behind my pursuit to find my personal capitalistic legend lays the dream of being able to go back in Mindanao and continue the struggle. The promise of living permanently in a 1st world country is tempting but I ask myself how can I do away with my Bangsamoro blood when I belong to a race of great heroes who has set the tone for future generations to inherit?
I’m an obsessively impatient person, but I’m determined to wait for the day our people and this government will put an end to the Mindanao conflict when both parties will commit to an agreement that will not fall short of the aspiration of every Moro having our own Islamic state. I don’t care if it takes ten more years or twenty for the balance of power to tip in favor of the oppressed, or if I don’t see such tipping at all. It’s enough for me to know that the freedom of the Bangsamoro is coming and is truly inevitable. The struggle has not ceased for the last hundred years.
I’m now 25 years old and my age has absolutely nothing to do with my dreams. Age, young or old should never be an excuse for a person’s “State of idealism” We must understand that our ideologies is the fuel that ignite the aspirations we have, it’s the reason for starting each new day with a sense of hope. Without it, there will be little for us to live for.
The biggest problem with our generation is that we’ve stopped forming our own opinions. I’m starting to envy the past generations where the youth made good use of their freedom of speech. Raising clenched fist, waiving the Bangsamoro flag and blasting every program that smelled of Marcos dictatorship. That was an era when to be apathetic was to be a traitor to the Bangsamoro cause. I will forever bring with me the images of those defiant students who were mercilessly brutalized by the police forces, while their fathers and mothers either cowered in fear of the sight of abusive police. The students held their ground without fear, determined to face the full might and brutality of the government with their frail bodies. They stood defiant taking upon themselves the daunting gigantic duty of righting the wrong that their government has brought upon their land and their people and I saw in them so much anger, frustration, and anxiety. This is because it was a time when people cared. They voiced the hidden hopes of every Muslim in this country.
That’s why I admire the youth’s willingness to march in the streets for what they believe in and to do something about the situation instead of asking someone else to do it. But these days activist are brushed off as addicts; kids-crying-for attention, people who are bored and need to find an outlet for their angst. I think the word activist when you live in a democracy is a redundant term. All citizens in a democratic country are by the very fact they live in a democracy are activists because you have to be otherwise it’s not at all democratic. Democracy is not a spectator sport. It’s a participatory event. It only works when every one is active. One way is to exercise our freedom to speak. Freedom of speech is not just a democratic right. Freedom of speech exists because it is conceded that there is no one voice of reason. There is no monopoly on truth which is why there is no one constitution that is absolute. The strength of the democracy is its people but that strength can also be a weakness particularly when you have a citizenry that swallows all the lies of the government, which is clearly the case of our countrymen.
Idealism is tough to handle, only those who are steadfast in their principles and strong can overcome the frustrations that challenge it. That is why only a few nurture idealism in their hearts for long. Those who do not believe that things can be done should not stand in the way of those who pursue change. These are probably the ones who have lost hope in our people. We have to revive that hope in them to create a progressive Islamic society that is founded in and driven by idealism. A revolution in the heart and mind must take place. Inshallah someday the Bangsamoros will overcome the difficulties it is grappling with right now. And soar high with much to be proud of in the eyes of the world. I believe and have faith in the inner goodness of our people as the key in the transformation of society for the better. The evils we see in our society should not deter us from our pursuit of justice. I believe every Muslim should be among the first to do something to free our land from the debilitating grip of greed and injustice. We need revolutionaries to persuade every Muslim into becoming active participants in the Bangsamoro quest for freedom. Freedom from this deceased government. WASSALAM!
SUNNY RASHEED,25,is a member of MAKE POVERTY HISTORY, you can email him at santino_101@hotmail.com or santino_101@yahoo.com

Friday, March 24, 2006 4:47:00 PM  
Blogger Simonne Aguilar said...

From a really exasperated kababayan and one who is telling the truth!

Subject: PAANO NAMAN KAMING MGA MIDDLE CLASS NA PINOY

Ako ay isang middle class Pinoy, isang officer sa isang malaking korporasyon at may asawa...dalawa anak. Di na importante pangalan ko kasi parepareho naman tayong mga middle-class....trabaho 9-5, inom konti tapos uwi sa pamilya, laruin si baby, itutor si ate/kuya tapos tulog na, pag wala na pera intay nalang ng sweldo.

Sa nangyayari ngayon sa ating bansa, lahat nalang ng sector ay maingay at naririnig, tayo lang mga middle-class, tax paying at productive Pinoys ang di naririnig. Subalit, buwis natin ang nagpapaikot sa bansang ito. Pag may mga gulo na nangyayari, tayo ang tinatamaan. Kaya eto ang liham ko sa lahat ng maiingay na sector na sana makagising sa inyong bulag na pag-iisip.

Sa Mga Politiko:

Diyos ko naman, sa dami na nang nakurakot ninyo di na ba kayo makuntento kelangan nyo pa ba manggulo.

Sa Administrasyon:

Hayan ayus na ha pinatawad na namin ang pandaraya nyo sa eleksyon,
pruweba dito e di kami umaatend sa mga panawagan ng people power, kaya sana naman gantihan nyo kami ng magandang serbisyo at magaling na pamumuno at malaking bawas sa kurakot naman please para kahit papano maramdaman naman namin na may napupuntahan ang binabayad naming buwis.

Saka Madam GMA, step down ka na pag parliamentary na tayo sa 2007,
tignan mo, i-announce mo mag-step down ka kapag parliamentary na tayo, resounding YES yan sa plebiscite at tigil pa ang mga coup at people power laban sayo. Try mo lang.........

Sa Oposisyon:

Di nyo pa ba nakikita na dalawang klase lang ng tao ang nakikinig sa
inyo....isa ay bayaran na mahihirap kungdi man ay tangang mga excited
na reporter na parang naka-shabu lagi....mga praning e at naghahallucinate.

Bago man lang kayo maglunsad ng kilos laban sa administrasyon,
pumili muna kayo ng magiting at nararapat na ipapalit sa liderato ngayon.
Hirap sa inyo paresign kayo ng paresign wala naman kayo ipapalit na
maayos.
Advise lang galing sa isang middle-class na syang tunay na puwersa sa
likod ng lahat ng matagumpay na People Power, magpakita muna kayo ng
galing bago nyo batuhin ang administrasyon. Wala na kaming narinig sa inyo kundi reklamo, e wala naman kayong ginagawa kundi magreklamo....para kayong batang lagi na lang naaagawan ng laruan.....GROW UP naman...sa isip sa salita at sa gawa.

Please lang gasgas na rin ang pagrarally nyo na katabi nyo ay mga
bayaran na mahihirap, magtayo nalang kayo ng negosyo at iempleyo ang mga rallyista para maging productive silang mamamayan. Sige nga, pag
nagrarally kayo yakapin nyo nga at halikan yang mga kasama nyong nagrarally!! Nung People Power namin nagyayakapan kami lahat nuon.

Wala naman mangyayari sa mga rally nyo nakakatraffic lang, kami pang middle-class ang napeperwisyo. Di nyo kayang paghintayin ng 3 araw ang
mga rallyista nyo kasi kelangan nyo pakainin at swelduhan ang mga yan.
Kung gusto nyo tagumpay na People Power kami ang isama nyo....pero pagod na kami e, sori ha.

Sa Military:

Alam nyo lahat tayo may problema, pati US Army may problema, 2,000 plus na patay sa kanila sa Iraq na parang walang rason naman, pero nakita nyo ba sila nagreklamo? Wala diba kasi professional sila na sundalo.....yan dapat ang sundalo di nagtatanong sumusunod lang. Kasi may mga bagay na di kayang maintindihan ng indibidwal lamang, at ang mga nakatataas lang ang nakakaintindi ng kabuuan, kaya ito ang panuntunan ng lahat ng military ng lahat ng bansa. Pero parang military natin yata ang pinaka-mareklamo.
Sabi nga sa Spiderman "with great power comes great responsibility".....kaya maging spiderman kayo lahat at protektahan ang mamamayan. Sa totoo lang natatakot kami kapag nagrereklamo kayo, kasi may baril kayo at tangke, kami wala.

Wala ako comment sa mga mahihirap, di naman kasi sila maingay na kusa
e, may bayad ang ingay nila. Saka wala rin naman silang email.

Kaya paano na tayong mga middle-class?? Eto hanggang email nalang tayo kaya ikalat nyo na ito at magdasal tayo na umabot ito sa mga dapat makabasa nito at makiliti naman ang kanilang mga konsyensya.

Signed,

Isang Middle-Class Pinoy na walang puknat na binabawasan ang sweldo ng Buwis!

Saturday, March 25, 2006 3:30:00 AM  
Blogger acidboy said...

"1. A slogan must have a sound bite. "Patalsikin na. Now na!" not only rhymes, but also syllabicates better. It appeals to the young and the middle class - our target audience.

2. The flash protest was designed to entice the reluctant middle class - those who believe GMA must go, but not prepared to join the usual rallies. It's low-risk (at least before last Friday), low-involvement, and non-confrontational. "Patalsikin na si GMA" is too confrontational for the audience we want to involve.

3. We thought the slogan should outlive the current crisis, and can be applied to any corrupt leader at whatever level and at whatever time."

with all due respect sir, you are certainly out of touch. are you telling us that the only thing that is stopping the "young and middle class" from joining your movement are (a) a cute slogan, and (b) a schedule or action that will not deter their work or "gimik" time? it certainly looks like your perspective on these people is very simplistic, to say the least.

now, when your opinion against getting imprisoned is this:


"It's difficult enough to fight for our rights in this fascist regime, given the unabated repressive measures. Why handicap yourself further by getting incarcerated, and losing your ability to carry on the fight?"

then i have to tell you sir that the moment you entered that statement here is the exact moment when pepe diokno, ninoy aquino, chino roces, and all of the unnamed rolled in their graves at the same time. as one who played a very small, a minute part, in the struggles in the early to mid-80s, your statement is truly an embarassment.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 3:56:00 PM  
Blogger Simonne Aguilar said...

to acidboy: ang hina ng pick-up mo! basahin mo from the top!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 4:28:00 AM  
Blogger Simonne Aguilar said...

P.S. to acidboy
(that is a sarcastic comment addressed to Ka Enteng D Great!)
LAOS NA! NOW NA!
jollibee naman daw ang meeting place, kapag nagkahulihan, of course... kumakain lang...
Style nyo BLACK!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 4:57:00 AM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

Onga pala, ano ba reaction ni Enteng sa article na ito:

"The abbot, however, laments a recent incident wherein they inadvertently allowed themselves to be used for a political end.... A member of the Black and White Movement, a group demanding the ouster of President Macapagal-Arroyo, was asking if he could be allowed to pray at the Abbey church.

Narciso acceded only to find out that it was no innocent request. A pack of reporters and cameramen, all escorted by armed policemen, poured into the church to cover and take pictures of one or two protesters praying.

The incident would later be announced as a triumph for the anti-Arroyo movement. It was the first time that rallyists got past the foot of Mendiola Bridge after the President, accused of cheating in the 2004 elections, had declared the area a 'no-rally zone.'"

Did you really use the Benedictines, Enteng? Why did the Fr. Narciso feel like he was manipulated?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 3:08:00 PM  

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