Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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.

Suggested preparations:

9) Invite as many friends or officemates as possible
10) 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. Hey, it's Friday after pay day. So you can have your regular "gimmick" after this.
11) If you're from the same office, arrange for carpooling going to the Aristocrat restaurant.
12) If you're outside of Metro Manila, and there are enough of you to organize a protest action, just select your own area of protest, but follow the "MAKAPILI" theme.

For feedback on last week's MRT flash protest, please visit our blog:

We're finalizing details of the International Black Friday Protest that should happen sometime in April. Abangan...

Forward this message to as many friends, relatives, colleagues, and e-groups. I've also included below a brief description of the Black Friday Protest Movement, so those receiving your forwarded mail and hearing this for the first time will understand what we're trying to accomplish.

Let's paint BAYWALK BLACK on Friday.

God bless,



The Black Friday Protest Movement was launched by eLagda on March 1 to give professionals, students, businessmen, and other sectors a venue to express their protest against the continuing and escalating acts of repression of the GMA administration as manifested in its series of proclamations – CPR, EO 464, and PP 1017 – all designed to curtail basic rights and oppress the people. Even after PP1017 has been lifted, the repressive measures continue.

Patterned after the flash mob concept, the Black Friday Protest calls on people to gather at a designated time and place every Friday while wearing black as a symbol of protest. There will be no programs or speeches. Instead, people will be given specific instructions on what to do, and the whole exercise should last about 30 minutes at most. It’s safe, non-confrontational, and within the bounds of the law, even under a repressive one like PP 1017. The mere “flash” gathering of people is an expression of protest.

Where will people get instructions?

Details of the Black Friday Protest action for the week will be published at its blogsite – every Wednesday evening. Those who would like to receive instructions directly can also subscribe to the movement’s bulletin service by sending a blank email to


Blogger Ma Bantot said...

makibaka! make turo-turo!

Thursday, March 16, 2006 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Yo Ma! Can you make pancit, too? :-)

Thursday, March 16, 2006 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Isaac said...

please stop this movement because it would lead only to the downfall of philippines economy.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 6:55:00 PM  
Blogger Julian Alejandro said...

Hope you could post some pictures of the event later. :)

Thursday, March 16, 2006 8:06:00 PM  
Blogger Spot Edge said...

We have better things to do than this! Why don't we do something that can contribute to our economy. For one, I too is not a GMA fan...but as of the moment..who's the better alternative? the junta that all of those "politicos" have been cooking? my God another power grab? When will all of this end. If we put another one up there, in a year or two i almost expect something like this would brew up again.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Jose Rizal Jr. said...

i suggest that in your next black friday protest, you will convey the message to the president and her cohorts that it is high time for the president to name the election officer who she talked to over the phone (in refernce to garci scandal)...

nag apologize na sya.. so lubos lubosin na rin.. let her prove na honest sya and she has nothing to hide.. if she has nothing to hide, then let's challenge her to name that election officer....

and we will all swear that we will never stop this black friday protest until she will name that election officer.

i think if she finally put a name on that person, everything will be put in place and proper investigation can be made.

Friday, March 17, 2006 2:32:00 AM  
Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

sayang black shirt ko today, di man lang ako nakasali...

seriously, though -- might want to find a way to spread the idea to other blogs, through other bloggers, after what happened today.

fight on, kabayan!

Friday, March 17, 2006 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Artemio de la Cruz said...

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Saturday, March 18, 2006 3:02:00 AM  
Blogger pinoyAKO said...

ay sus hindi siguro arestuhin yan kung di nakakagulo. Ano ba ginawa ng mga yan nong nakaupo sila sa gobyerno? dapat tinulungan nila mahihirap, e ngayon sumasama pa sa magulo pulos bintang ala naman ebidensya.. wala na di na sasama sa kanila ang karamihan ng tao.. inaabuso na ang sobrang kalayaan.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 5:16:00 AM  
Blogger Sef said...

Patalsikin na? Now na?

You can do better than that!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 7:08:00 AM  
Blogger Paeng said...

anong magulo sa ginawa nila? nagsama sama lang silang nakasuot ng t-shirt na Patalsikin na, NOW na ang logo. magulo na ba yun? ni hindi nga nakaharang sa kalsada. paanong nakakahinder sa ekonomiya yun?

don't fall for the GMA trap.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 7:47:00 AM  
Blogger Apol said...


may ebidensya naman sana, hindi lang hinyaang ipalabas kasi nga pinatay agad ang impeachment process courtesy of JDV and other GMA allies.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Rhochie said...

What I can't take is that Mrs. Soliman denied that they we're staging a protest when they were stopped by the cops. What was it she said? "Naglalakad lamang kami dito." Or something to that effect. C'mon, be brave enough to admit that, at least.

I'm all for freedom of expression but what she did was pretty much a coward's way out. Just like what the President, the Opposition, and pretty much every crook does when caught red handed. Deny everything. *sigh*

Saturday, March 18, 2006 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Rhochie, what Dinky said is essentially correct - we were out for a walk, not a march. We were to cross the street to Baywalk from Aristocrat. There were 22 of us. No banners, no megaphone, no chanting of slogans. We even had a three year old boy with us, brought freely by his parents. We did not disrupt traffic at any time.

Dinky denied nothing. Truth is, the cops denied us the opportunity to even cross the street. Dinky and Enteng are far from being cowards. They were arrested for defending our, yes, our rights. This is the right you have to express exactly what you feel. Unless you live in a repressed society, like one under martial law. If it were declared, would you be brave enough to stand up against it?

Saturday, March 18, 2006 1:21:00 PM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

Stop all this nonesense crap. It will not do any good for the country. You want her to step down, then what? I'm not a GMA fan, in fact i voted for Raul Roco last presidential election, but is there any alternative. Who do you want to replace GMA...Noli De Castro (whaaaat!!!), Nene Pimentel (the guy dreaming to be a president since Cory's time), Drilon (i remember supporting GMA during a rally in... "can't remember that province), Gringo (be ready for a Military Junta!!!), Erap (you're smashing your head again with the a stone), Guingona (No US support), Lacson (Mr. Clean???), Bro. Eddie (ameeeen...???), and other recycled trapos. I bet if this leads to civil war, most of you will just go to the U.S and continue the best of life, leaving the rest of the Filipinos in limbo.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 4:04:00 PM  
Blogger Paeng said...

^ hindi ako kasama sa black and white movement, pero pare naman. anong lugar sa isang demokrasya ang isang mandaraya sa eleksyon?

so kung ayaw mo pala sa mga kandidato, ok lang na mandaya sa eleksyon yung gusto mo o yung "lesser evil"? kung ganun paniwala mo, ikaw ang dapat lumipat ng bansa, dahil ang pagkakaalam mo, nabubuhay tayo sa isang demokrasya.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 5:22:00 PM  
Blogger JB said...

i thought word about this "movement" was just a joke. now, i know why people say your "plan of action" beats anything woody allen has written. it's really the absurdest, most hilarious thing i've ever read. dang.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 8:18:00 PM  
Blogger Rhochie said...

Helga, you have a point there. The cops went overboard, good thing they didn't resort to violence.

It's just that I don't want people like her to cheapen what we're fighting for. For that matter, I'd rather not have any 'personalities' involved in this movement. I'd prefer that we do it by ourselves. It's hard to explain, but I hope you get my meaning. Perhaps, I felt I've been fooled once too often by our leaders, enough to prevent me from trusting any of them fully (read: at all).

You ask me if I am willing to stand up and be counted, I was in both EDSA's; the first one, I was still in grade school (Grade 4), but that doesn't make my participation any less important.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 8:35:00 PM  
Blogger PopsJ said...

I like to buy one for me and my wife.
Mabuhay ang Black & White Movement. Keep up with the struggle.

O U S T G L O R I A !!!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:35:00 PM  
Blogger Buduy said...

Why are you calling it Makapili? Weren't those guys who betrayed us during WW2? Well anyway more power to you, I guess you knew that right? Again to the downfall of this government. May chaos and anarchy rule. We deserve it. Tama yan, I will continue to cheer in the garden city of Singapore. If things improve more under GMA, I might not be able to afford Filipino maids to work in my household. Wawa naman ako.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:42:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Rhochie, I understand your suspicions in regard to "personalities", but please do not lump all of them in one basket. We are blessed that we don't only have the newspapers or Palace propaganda to rely on for information on those who are part of our group. Not every "personality" has a hidden agenda, not all of them are in this for popularity. Dinky doesn't need this harassment, she could have faded into obscurity save for one thing - she's fully aware of her shortcomings and is doing all she can to make amends by standing up to the woman she once considered a friend. We are proud of her friendship, and we know her heart. We have very few sincere allies in this fight to get our country back, so we are grateful for every ounce of support. We are not cheapened by her, nor by anyone else we count among us. Trust only happens if you give it a chance to be proven.

I am not accusing you of lack of participation, please don't get me wrong. I asked the question in regard to martial law. It was asked in the spirit of trying to understand you more. Yun lang.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:50:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Popsj, we hope to get more of the tee shirts done by Friday. If you both join us at the next Black Friday Protest, you'll get them for free. :-) We've been asked by quite a few people for them, so we're thinking about making more to sell. For now, we're giving away the ones we have left.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Artemio de la Cruz, I remember those protest jogs very well. They were well attended and effective. Most importantly, they were non-violent forms of protest.

The chilling reality today is that the police have been given blanket authority to do anything, as long as it's Gloria who benefits from their actions. We're on the way to becoming a police state. It's sad that more than half of our population has no memory or knowledge of the oppression we went through. And only 20 years have passed.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

Democracy indeed....But let me remind you people that democracy has its limitations too. It has bounderies. Its about time we make ourselve responsible to all our actions. Not becouse we live in a democratic society, its a free for all, labo-labo na....Okay, we're concern about cheaters, susmio...sino ba ang hindi mandaraya sa mga naka-upo ngayon. Electoral fraud allegations goes even down to the Barangay level. People, please, exert all your effort in fighting the future not the present, alam naman natin na marumi ang sistema nang eleksyon sa atin, convince all those politician sitting in congress to push for the modernization and computerization of the electoral process. Sa palagay nyo bakit laging hinaharang ang modernisasyon nang COMELEC...kayo ang makakasahot nyan....It will not eliminate cheating but at the very least make the system improve. Ayan malapit na ang eleksyon, ano na ang nangyayari sa modernisasyon nang COMELEC????....Let me just add this, remember the contested election between Bush and Gore with the state of Florida involve, there was a flaw in the system, that's why Bush won. But did you see people marching in the streets, none. What is done, is done. The Democrat just assured the people that this will not happen again come next election.....As for our concern to the Filipino people, that what this group is doing is for the benefit of the Filipino people. Maybe it's about time that we stop of being a "pakialamero". Maybe it's about time to address our own problems, malay nyo ito lang pala ang sagot sa mga problema natin. Believe me, where better off than other third world countries, in fact i don't consider ourselves a third world country. Nasa isipan lang natin na mahirap bansa natin, state of mind lang baga. As for the poorest of the poor Filipinos, lets just help them to stand on their own two feet, hayaan natin silang magsumikap para sa ikakatagumpay nang buhay nila, let us not use them nor provoke them to totally blame the government. I can understand their situation becouse i also came from a poor family. I saw my parents strive hard even harder to improve our state of living. Let us all be positive, chaos will not benefit our country, magpahinga na naman tayo sa pulitika. We have enough heroes in this country, it's about time that we be heroes of our own families.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger pinoyAKO said...

ay naku ang lalabo naman kaya tayo magulo e, kapag hinuli deny deny.. ano ba yong oust na? now na? tapos dami pagtanggi.. as sus ginoo halata naman e! sino ba nandaya? ala namang ebidensya.. tama lang siguro lahat nandaya para magkaayos na at magtulungan.. may hidden agenda ang black protest movement na ito.. o wala ako ebidensya? e ganon yon e.. may ebidensya ba na corrupt ang mga tao? wala wala wala! mahinahong labanan sa korte dapat wag na sa kalsada.. tapos nagkakalat lang, nakakagulo lang.. gusto nyong makatulong at di pansarili lang? O sige magabuloy kayo kasi dami naghihirap na tao sa province.. political kasi itong mga movement na ito.. sana magisip nalang kayo para sa economy at negosyo.. hay naku oo mga pinoy talaga.. sana kano na lang tayo!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Bagong Bayani, suggest you look beyond those you have listed as alternatives to your president. We have never mentioned any of them as alternatives because we know we can look to others. About time you stopped complaining and started looking.

Jester-in-exile, it seems that any black shirt can be understood as a sign of protest, wherever you are. But especially in the city of Manila. Seriously, our bulletins suggest that you can organize your own silent, blackshirted, silent protests anywhere. Go for it!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:09:00 AM  
Blogger adamantiumX said...

ano na namang kalokohan yang iniisip niyo? tama lang arestuhin kayo. pampagulo lang kayo. pansinin ninyo comments dito... di sila sang -ayon sa inyo!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger Bagong Bayani said...

Well Helga, sad to say, theres none as of this time. But come to think of it, next election is just around the corner. Hindi na ba tayo makapaghintay. Magugunaw na ba ang Pilipinas kung hindi bababa si Gloria. Isn't it Election is part of the democratic process. Push for the modernization of COMELEC. I'll been fighting for it since it got introduce to congress. And by the way i'm not complaining, i'm promoting positivism and realism. Problema kasi sa atin puro tayo NEGA.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Artemio de la Cruz said...

Re: Aborted Protest At Baywalk

Former Secretary Dinky Soliman and Vicente Romano of Black White Movement were arrested by cops while walking in Rajah Sulayman Park. What hell is going on? I think nobody is safe anymore. WALKING and probably JOGGING in the park is a crime under bogus President Gloria Arroyo and her loyal police dog General Lomibao. Even during the Marcos Dictatorship “protest jogging” was tolerated. Butz Aquino’s August 21 movement (ATOM) had weekly “protest jogging” at CCP complex and Luneta Park without being bothered by the police. General Lomibao and his cohorts must have to under go re-education in the Bill of Rights. Pulse Asia latest survey revealed that about 65% Filipinos want Gloria Arroyo out. What if thousands of protesters nationwide will volunteer to be arrested as a form of CIVIL DISOBIENCE? In this case, the Arroyo regime needs Nazi-like concentration camps to accommodate dissenters. OUST GLORIA ARROYO!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 3:02:21 AM

Monday, March 20, 2006 1:24:00 AM  
Blogger Paeng said...

"Isn't it Election is part of the democratic process."

at ang problema, kahit na nagkadayaan pa sa eleksyon, wala kayong pakialam. so do you really care about democracy? hindi. basta yung ayaw niyo ay di makaupo, ok lang sa inyo na babuyin ang demokrasya.

who says protesters like us are not doing anything to push for the modernization of the next elections? for the revamp of COMELEC? hindi naman contradicting yung goals na yun at yung pagtawag na mag-resign yung nandaya sa nakaraang eleksyon. para naman kasing pag ginawa mo na yung isa e hindi mo na kakayaning gawin pa yung isa.

para yan yung panawagan na "magtrabaho na lang tayo." kagaguhan. ako, nagtatrabaho ako at nakakahanap ng oras na magprotesta rin.

Monday, March 20, 2006 7:59:00 AM  
Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

"It seems that any black shirt can be understood as a sign of protest, wherever you are. But especially in the city of Manila. Seriously, our bulletins suggest that you can organize your own silent, blackshirted, silent protests anywhere. Go for it!"

i don't know if it counts, but i protest often on my personal blog, and i try to make time to join rallies when i can (shame laguna is far enough away to arrive on time). besides, i don't think a rally of one counts (unless you're wearing a slogan shirt).

where can i get one of those shirts? the slogan's pretty catchy, and wearing it is a pretty good method of information dissemination, i think.

Monday, March 20, 2006 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Helga said...

jester, we're gonna post an announcement on both our blogs and website regarding how the tee shirts and other collaterals can be made available to all for free. Will have it posted by early evening.

At this point, we've ordered more shirts, and if you're in Manila this Friday, will be more than happy to give you one if you meet up with us. But just check out the blog tonight for our announcement.

Monday, March 20, 2006 2:39:00 PM  
Blogger acidboy said...

"Sa palagay nyo bakit laging hinaharang ang modernisasyon nang COMELEC...kayo ang makakasahot nyan....It will not eliminate cheating but at the very least make the system improve. Ayan malapit na ang eleksyon, ano na ang nangyayari sa modernisasyon nang COMELEC????"

that dude has a very good point. so, maybe the black&white can also, IF they really want to, let it be known especially to those in congress and senate that has an ear to them to facilitate at the quickest possible time the cleansing of the comelec, too. okay you'd say that kelangan gma muna, pero doesnt cleaning up the augean stable full of horse manure that is the comelec also as important?

i think all of us agree that comelec is neck deep in muck. i don't know, but a very vocal opposition can do a lot of good if they initiate a clean election- snap election pa kung kaya eh! but then again, these opposition guys also have their own garcis. they've been working with that bulok system and are profiting from it. i don't think b&w can do anything about that, since magkakampi sila so they can't push this agenda with them.

or am i wrong?

Monday, March 20, 2006 4:42:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

You may be interested in checking out our posts on our 8 Point Reform Agenda and the Frist 100 Days after Gloria on our partner blog:

Monday, March 20, 2006 5:08:00 PM  
Blogger Simonne Aguilar said...

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


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
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 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.


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

Saturday, March 25, 2006 3:34:00 AM  

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