Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Black Friday Bulletin #2 - Details of Flash Protest for March 10

Designated time and place of flash protest for March 10:
MRT Station Ortigas - 6:30 to 7:15 PM

Plan of action:
1) Wear BLACK
1) Assemble at the nearest MRT station near you. Target to be at Ortigas by 6:30 PM
2) Buy a ticket going to Ortigas
3) Wait awhile for other groups in black. Agree to board the MRT at the same time.
4) While on board MRT, do the "thumbs down" sign before disembarking at Ortigas station
5) When you get to Ortigas, buy a ticket back to your origin (or to your final destination)
6) Join the other groups in the boarding area, but don't board yet.
7) Wait for 5 to 7 trains to pass by, each time flashing the "thumbs down" sign when a train arrives.
8) When the cue is given, everybody should board the train and disperse quietly.

Suggested preparations:
1) Invite as many friends, or officemates, as you can
2) If you're an employer or a manager, invite all your subordinates to join you. Offer to "treat" them after the flash protest, if you can afford it.
3) If you're from the same office, arrange for carpooling going to the MRT station or meet in a place near the station.
4) From the meeting place, proceed to MRT station as a group. This will have more impact than just agreeing to meet at the station individually
5) If see other groups in black at the station, link up and agree to go to Ortigas at the same time.

My apologies for those outside Metro Manila, for excluding you from this flash protest. We will try to organize one that will involve you. Even now, we're already planning for an International Black Friday Protest. Abangan...

Let's paint MRT Ortigas BLACK on Friday.

God bless,


P.S. - Please email me at to advise us how many in your group are going and at what station you will be assembling. This will help us in tuning our plans.


Blogger juned said...

Have you ridden the MRT before at this time?

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 2:33:00 PM  
Blogger GeorgeRoyeca said...


The Said Manifesto is at the end of the article.

Dear Bong, Danny and the Gloria apologists,

How old are you??

I ask this question because I am not sure if you were a witness to the plight of the Filipino people during the Marcos regime?

I am not sure if you remember our suffering then that you can belittle the graveness of the situation our fellow countrymen are faced with today.

You speak of democracy and accuse former President Aquino and her supporters of not respecting your silence and choices for which side to support but it is clear that you have made a grave error in judgement.

In fact, the person you accuse is the only one protecting your democracy and freedom to speak out. Why? Because the question here is precisely the curtailment of this right. The suppression of our freedom to protest and speak out. Honestly, have you ever heard of the opposition telling the pro-Gloria, pro-administration faction that they will be punished for expressing their support? No. It is President Gloria that is using a proclamation of National emergency to unlawfully extend her powers to forbid people the right to public protest, the freedom of the press and the freedom of speech. To add insult to injury, she is taking advantage of the people’s ignorance of the law to get away with murder.

It is quite amazing that warrantless arrests, unlawful takeovers of public utility, censorship of media content, prohibition of public assemblies and other Marcosian tactics does not affect you? Your apathy to these constitutionally-protected rights is, truthfully, quite alarming.

I remember my father’s words quoting Churchill in the halls of the English parliament, “First the communist, we did not speak up; then the socialist, we kept silent; then the jews…….” Unfortunately, it was too late, and the war against good and evil was deemed inevitable. With 12M dead, 6M million jews exterminated and a world war that has become a terrible chapter of mankind’s existence that haunts us even today. When will you speak out? When tyranny and oppression is knocking on your doorstep? After 20 years of Marcosian abuse?? After dozens dead, properties seized and an unknown number of disappearances unaccounted for?

These protests that you’re so quick to mock are the same defenders of your Bill of Rights. The rights that the state has single-handedly decided not to uphold. As I remember, the bill of rights is precisely the protection of ordinary citizens against unlawful intrusion of the State. That’s what its there for and no state or executive powers can decide to place themselves above this constitution despite their judgment to protect themselves. This freedom of the right to protest is precisely what keeps the government in check. The people should not be afraid of their government but rather, the government should be afraid of their people.

From a legal perspective, what does proclamation 1017 mean? This is the proclamation of a state of emergency……..and nothing more. It is a statement of fact that the country is under a state of National Emergency. In practical application, this is often times a prelude to either declare martial law to grant the executive body additional powers to quell rebellion or sedition or take in effect the provision of National Economy or Patrimony that allows the state to take over public utilities to protect the decline of the national economy (take note, this provision is used with regards to national economy and not unlawfulness or rebellion).

Point of Fact:

1. The perceived threat was localized to the NCR region, particularly Metro Manila. But despite this knowledge, our president had the temerity to insinuate the country at risk on a nationwide scale. This is obviously an OVERKILL.

2. The risk she claims was directed to rebellion of certain individuals with the malicious intent to overthrow government by the means of rebellion. But how did she come to this conclusion? Rebellion is the putting up OF ARMS to unconstitutionally take over the executive branch. However, the protest rally were calling for her resignation, which means that they respected the institution of the presidency and appealed to her moral obligation to her country which in their opinion, was to resign because she has not acquired the mandate of the people (Hello Garci) and she lacks the qualities to lead her people to a better tomorrow (lack of political will and abundance of corruption in all sectors of government).

3. They used the lack of rally permits to justify their arrests and dispersal of these public protests. However, despite this being true, let us think clearly on why permits are there to begin with. The issuance of permits is merely to regulate rallies as not to disrupt the daily operations of the country (imagine holding protest rallies in the middle of the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport). Unfortunately, it does not say that any official can cancel the granting of permits altogether. This is clearly unconstitutional (The freedom of public protest). What Gloria did was circumvent this issue by commanding the mayors to cease permits without reason and use the supposed discretionary powers of the PNP to arrest and disperse so-called illegal protests. Nevertheless, the Makati rally were given permits but was unjustly dispersed as well.

4. She cut and pasted the article for National Economy and Patrimony which allows the executive body to take over public utilities under the context and only under the context of National Economy and used this for the threat of unlawfulness and rebellion (martial law would be appropriate order for that). President Ramos used the provision for National Economy and Patrimony under the proclamation of State of National Emergency to manage our power crisis problem that that was weakening our economy’s progress at that time. But it is clear that this provision cannot be used for unlawfulness and rebellion.

5. Our economy did not go down (the weakening of our peso) because of the rally. At that time she did not have any right to declare this National Economy provision. This is an unjustifiable act. In fact, the weakening of the peso is a direct result of her proclamation of 1017. Not a direct result of the protest rallies.

6. The suspension of the writ of habeas corpus is not granted under the proclamation 1017 and is a clear circumvention of our Bill of Rights.

7. The house of representatives is an equal branch of government and is not below the executive or judiciary branch. This is equality between the branches of government is the basis for a check and balance between the powers of our government sectors. Her blatant disregard and disrespect of these branches is a clear indication of Marcosian tactics that allows the harassment and arrests of House representatives. The speaker of the house is essentially an equal of the President of the Philippines and any arrests by orders of the executive branch whether through Police must be under the warrant of the Speakership of the House. In other words, they must go through the motions and take the accused congressman under the custody of the house then only can they turnover to the proper authorities. This recent unlawful arrests is not only harassment of the executive body but an alarming disrespect to the equal powers of the branches of government provided by our constitution.

What does this all mean? The recent events have shown a very strong message by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The message is that I will stay in power no matter what! Whether I circumvent the law, demean other government institutions or suspend the constitutional rights of my constituents and disregard the bill of rights of my citizens.

That’s it. Now if that does not call for a pause to alarm, I don’t know what can?

Don’t’ you agree?

I beg you. Before you send any manifestos for any side, that you provide facts and legal basis for your accusations because this irresponsible act can cause the continuing destruction of our country and the suffering of our fellow countrymen.

Thank you and Good Day.

George Royeca



Dear Tita Cory, Senators, Congressmen, Businessmen, Media people, Leftists, and all Bleeding Hearts Out There:

I am angry. And I know that there are many out there who are angrier than I am for the same reason. And that reason is simple. I am sick and tired of all you guys claiming to speak for me and many Filipinos. I feel like screaming every time you mouth words about fighting for my freedom and my rights, when you obviously are just thinking about yours.

You tell me that the essence of democracy is providing every citizen the right to speak his or her mind and make his or her own informed judgments, but you yourselves do not respect my silence and the choices I and many others have made. In other words, your concept of democracy is limited to having your rights and your freedoms respected, at the expense of ours.

I am utterly flabbergasted that you still do not get it: we already responded to your calls, and our response has been very clear - we chose not to heed your calls to go to EDSA or to Fort Bonifacio not because we do not love our country or our freedoms or our rights, but precisely because we love our country even more. Because quite frankly, we are prepared to lose our freedoms and our rights just to move this country forward.

You may counter with your ideological propaganda and give me all the dire warnings about the evils of Martial Law, authoritarian rule, suppression of freedom, etc., but quite frankly all we see are your pathetic efforts to defend your right to continue fulminating, filibustering, and sabotaging this country until you wrestle power for yourselves. You tell me that you are simply protecting my freedoms and my rights, but who told you to do that? I assure you that when I feel that my rights and my freedoms are at a peril, I will stand up and fight for them myself. I have done in the past, and I will do it again when I SEE THE NEED FOR IT, not when you tell me to do it.

You tell us that GMA is not the right person to lead this country because she has done immoral acts. As someone who sees immorality being committed wantonly in many ways every day and by everyone (yes, including the ones you do), I may have become jaded. I may have lowered my standards about what a leader should be. Guess what, Tita Cory, you lowered it yourself.

When I accepted your incompetence and fought for you during the many attempts against your government, I already lowered the standards to ridiculous levels. Guess what, Senators and Congressmen, you lowered it yourselves when you ran for office and won and now make fools of yourselves in the august halls of congress.

But the simple truth that you try to obfuscate is this: you have not been able to offer me any viable alternative! On the other hand, GMA has bent over backwards many times to accommodate you while continuing to work hard despite all the obstacles and the brickbats you have thrown her way. From where I sit, she is the one who has been working really hard to move this country forward while all of you have been so busy with one and only one

thing: to make sure she does not succeed. So forgive me if I do not want to join you in your moral pissing contest. Forgive me if I have chosen to see things from another perspective. You say she is the problem. I say, we are - all of us is the problem; more to the point, I think you are a bigger problem than she is. Taking her out may solve part of the problem, but that leaves us with a bigger problem: you. That is right, YOU!

While I felt outraged that she called a Comelec official during the elections and that she may have rigged the elections, I have since then taken the higher moral ground and forgiven her. Yes my dear bishops, I have done what you have told me to do since I was a child, which you say is the Christian and moral thing to do: forgive. Especially since she has asked for forgiveness and has tried to make amends for it. Erap certainly has not apologized and continues to be defiant, continuing to insult us everyday with his protestations - and he is part of your cause now! Cory has not apologized for her incompetence but we have forgiven her just the same because like GMA, she has worked hard after all.

I know you do not think that GMA's apology was not enough, or that she was insincere, or that that apology should not be the end of it, but please spare me the hypocrisy of telling me that you do so for the sake of protecting the moral fiber of society. The real reason is because you smell blood and wants to go for the kill.

We ll, I have news for you. I do not like her too. I did not even vote for her. I voted for Raul Roco. But as much as I do not like her, I do not like you even more. I may not trust her, but you know what, I do not trust you even more.

You know why I do not trust you? Because all you do is whine and sabotage this country. You belittle every little progress we make, conveniently forgetting that it is not just GMA who has been working so hard to achieve them. Every single day, we keep the faith burning in our hearts that this country will finally pull itself out of the mess and we work so hard to do that. Every little progress is the result of our collective effort, we who toil hard everyday in our jobs. Yet, you persist in one and only thing:

making GMA look bad in the eyes of the world and making sure that this country continues to suffer to prove your sorry point. In the process, you continue to destroy what we painstakingly try to build. So please do not be surprised that I do not share your cause. Do not be surprised that we have become contemptuous of your antics. You have moved heaven and earth to destroy her credibility, you have convened all kinds of fora and hearings and all you have done is test our patience to the core. For all your efforts, you have only succeeded in dragging us further down. I say enough.

Don't get me wrong. I am not asking that we take immorality lying down, or that we let the President get away with anything illegal. But you have tried to prove your accusations all these time and you have not succeeded, so it is time to let things be. Besides, you are doing something immoral as well if not utterly unforgivable. The Magdalo soldiers are consorting with the communists - the same people who have been trying to kill democracy for years. Cory has been consorting with Erap and the Marcoses.

So please wake up and take a reality check. In the absence of true and genuine moral leadership, many of us have decided to cast our lot with the President, even if we do not like her. A flawed leader is better than scheming power hungry fools who can not even stand up for their convictions in the face of an impending arrest.

Your coup attempts and the denials that you have consequently made only underscore what we think is true: you are spineless and unreliable people who only want power but not the consequences and the sacrifices that go with the quest. Your one and only defense is to cry suppression when your ruse does not work. You are nothing but BULLIES who taunt and provoke, but cry oppression when taken to task for your cruelty. You call for the rule of law and respect for authority, but so brazenly display your defiance and disrespect for the same things you claim to be fighting for.

I would have respected you if you took the consequences of your actions like real heroes: calmly and responsibly instead of kicking and screaming and making all kinds of lame excuses. You say you are willing to die for us, that you do all these things for the country and the Filipino, but you are not even willing to go to jail for us.

Come on, you really think we believe that you did not want to bring down the government when THAT IS THE ONE AND ONLY ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DESPERATELY TRYING TO DO in the last many months?

We love this country and we want peace and progress. Many among us do not give a f*&k who sits at Malacanang because we will work hard and do our share to make things work. We the people will and can make it work, if only you get out of the way and let us do it. If you only do your jobs, the ones you are supposed to be doing, things would be a lot simpler and easier for all of us.

The events during the weekend only proved one thing. You are more dangerous and a serious threat to this country t han GMA is. We have seen what you are capable of doing - you are ready to burn this country and reduce everything to ashes just to prove your point. If there is something that we need protection from, IT IS PROTECTION FROM YOU.

Bong Austero

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 6:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jher said...

dear george,

bong is 42, and has been picked up twice by the military during the martial law, and has spoken in numerous anti-marcos rallies during the marcos era.

but so what if he's 12 or 22 or 92? oh well i'm sure some people will have the grandest time nitpicking on this fact as well.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger cutebalddiver said...


I do agree with the 2 emails going around. I share their sentiment. Forwarding these 2 emails is a form of protest against your views. Isn’t this how elagda started?

I joined EDSA 1 because as a young man just entering the work force, I was fully aware that Marcos is a repressive tyrant. I joined elagda at the height of Erap protest actions because I believed in what you did. Right now I am opposed to what you are doing. In the letter below, you have not offered us an alternative to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. An extra constitutional government (i.e. coups, juntas, etc) is not acceptable to us. The left has always been against anyone who seats as President. The Erap people have their own agenda so do the Poe people. Cory has a selfish agenda: Luisita. Imee and Cory as allies? How can you expect us to join these people?

You say GMA cheated. Was that ever proven? All we had was a lot of noise and accusations and counter accusations. We don’t even know if the tapes are genuine. Wiretapping is clearly against the law. Yet it was done. There is a hidden agenda to this and we do not subscribe to these manipulations. We don’t know who has done this. We are willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Not joining you and your noisy allies does not make me unconcerned about our country. I too am concerned about this country. I like this country to move forward but we cannot move forward if the opposition engages in destructive politics and pure self interest with the goal of grabbing power. In a democratic country like that of the USA, the opposition (Democrats) still works with a Republican President. They cooperate in passing bills that will benefit the United States (case in point: the recently concluded renewal of the Patriot Act). We do not have that type of an opposition. The opposition has opposed any bills that will benefit the country simply because it was initiated by GMA.

The mere fact that you do not get any huge numbers of people supporting your call is a clear indication that there are people with opposing viewpoints as you. How dare you judge us for not going to the streets? That Enteng is the height of arrogance. How dare you!

How dare you belittle our efforts in passing these 2 emails around. Lest you forget that was how elagda started.

You claim to have morality? Yet the people that you cavort with are without morals. Shame on you for claiming that you have the sole right to morality.

I do not agree with some of the policies GMA has made but I do agree that in the business and economic policies, she is trying to move this country forward. EO 1017 is repulsive to me but what is even more repulsive is the alternative.

Offer us a viable alternative then maybe we will join you.

From a fellow Rotarian:

PP Tonyboy Ongsiako

RC Makati South

Thursday, March 09, 2006 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

^ I would be interested in hearing a point by point response to this from Enteng.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 3:27:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Micketymoc, I believe Enteng has weighed in sufficiently. Should you wish to read more about what the Black & White Movement advocates, please visit our blog, there is a link to it from here. The answers are all there.

Mr. Ongsiako, points well taken, we are all entitled to our opinions. I may not agree with yours, hope that's ok with you. I notice that you belong to Mike Arroyo's Rotary Club. And speaking of the Rotary Club - would you know where Joc Joc Bolante is?

Thursday, March 09, 2006 4:15:00 PM  
Blogger micketymoc said...

Helga, that's what we call an "ad hominem" attack. Is the Rotary Club on the official oppositionists' sh!t list now? Is he guilty by dint of association? My, my.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 5:42:00 PM  
Blogger Somnambulist Nocturnal said...

All your "peaceful" efforts are futile...If you really are for change, why not start one bloody CIVIL WAR??!!!

Magkaalaman na kung sino handang mamatay para sa bayan.

(...Oh well by that time, I'd seek political asylum in a country where the grass is green and the water is pure...well...sure, call me selfish...politicians (left and right) and overly pompous civil society groups are my idols.)

Friday, March 10, 2006 1:51:00 AM  
Blogger Somnambulist Nocturnal said...

^_^ by the way what was really really interesting about the edsa anniversary celebration in makati was that cory's entourage paraded side by side very prominent marcos loyalists...^_^

la lang, i find it...ahahahahahaha!

Friday, March 10, 2006 1:59:00 AM  
Blogger Jher said...

wooooaaaahhhh helga that's just sleek. very well thought of.

Friday, March 10, 2006 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Etecina said...

I agree with cutebalddiver, I also joined the e-lagda before in support for a reformed government against Mr. Estrada, but what happened to the e-lagda that supposed to be a peaceful protest against tyranny, or a peaceful call for a reformed government. Mr. Enteng please do tell me if I'm wrong, e-lagda was formed to call the filipino people for EDSA 2, and what happened? Now that Erap is ousted and GMA is now seating as our National Leader and what are you doing? Wanting her out...again?? And just like what cutebalddiver said "Offer us a viable alternative then maybe we will join you.". Have you ever came to your mind what makes our neighboring country progress?
The answer: People in their country does not go to street even if the person they did not vote is seated as a national leader. Look at Singapore, Malaysia and even Thailand they even far more better than us.

Saturday, March 11, 2006 1:20:00 AM  
Blogger Etecina said...

And by the way, Bong's email is not a manifesto of support to Ms. GMA as he said "We ll, I have news for you. I do not like her too. I did not even vote for her. I voted for Raul Roco."

Saturday, March 11, 2006 1:22:00 AM  
Blogger Jay said...


Sunday, March 12, 2006 1:04:00 AM  
Blogger pinoyAKO said...

ay naku sayang ang tatalino ng pinoy, walang katapusang debate.. maglinis na lang po tayo sa MRT dahil maraming kalat instead na magsisigaw.. magsuot tayo ng puti at hayaan magkulay itim sa pagtratrabaho..siguro maraming matutuwa at uunlad na ang pilipinas

Saturday, March 18, 2006 5:07:00 AM  
Blogger VINI and muning said...

Marami pong mga batang walang tirahan. Baka gusto po ninyong magdonate sa Batang Bayani Foundation o sa Gawad Kalinga. Pwede din na tulungan nyo kami na bumuo ng bahay para sa walang tirahan. Parang marami naman po kayong lakas at panahon.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 8:19:00 PM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

COMELEC modernization is what we need. Majority naman nang naka-upo dyan mandaraya. Don't single out one person (wala pa rin naman kayong napapatunayan). What is done, is done. Just make the best out of it. Beside wala naman kayong ino-offer na alternative leader na may credibility, integrity and supported by the whole Filipino peolple (baka suportahan pa kayo nang nakakarami kung meron nga). Ano gusto nyo Military Junta. Eh di nalintikan na yung pinagsisigawan nyong demokrasya. I bet some of the leaders of this movement are eitheir dual citizens (Fil-AM) or green card holders, or visa holder. Tatakbo lang ang mga yan pag nagkagulo na. I-donate nyo na lang ang mga t-shirt nyo, pangkape sa starbucks, pamasahe sa mrt, pang-gimik "daw" sa baywalk, sa mga na-apektuhan nang kalamidad. Kawawang Juan Dela Cruz.



Saturday, March 18, 2006 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Artemio de la Cruz said...

bagong bayani,
FORGET about computerized election. The Supreme Court nullified Comelec’s P1.3-billion modernization contract with the Korean-based company Mega Pacific e-Solutions Inc. to provide 2,500 counting machines for the 2004 elections because it failed to pass eight critical requirements designed to safeguard the integrity of elections. It also bars the government from using the machines in the 2007 election. Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos and his cohorts received a huge commission from this modernization project. In order to have honest and credible election there should be total revamp of the Comelec from commissionaires up to local election registrars. Replace them with people of integrity and knows how to count right.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 12:13:00 PM  

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