Saturday, March 11, 2006

Train Ride for Truth

We started off from the MRT's Ayala Station, our spirits buoyed by gently smiling faces. It was high volume time, so we were packed like sardines as we made our way to the ADB-Ortigas Station. A Japanese news crew, NHK, joined us for the Php12 ride, and we passed the ten minute trek by speaking to the folks pressed against us.

When we got to Ortigas, it was packed with cops, and we had to smile at the "overkill". There was no trouble, we didn't intend to make any, and so the cops kept their distance as we spoke to the media. They made no move to stop us from thumbing down the Arroyo regime.

The most gratifying part of this Black Friday protest was the presence of a young couple from the Ortigas area that joined us after reading about it on the internet. Peaceful protest does work, after all.



13 Comments:

Blogger jade said...

Hi! Enteng and Helga. Just to correct, that young "couple" was actually me and my brother. =) We are based in the province. BUT still, I will try joining you when I can get the time off. Thank you for 30 minutes well spent. =) I hope this action will get bigger and bigger. In relation, I suggest that we ask everyone who share our sentiments to WEAR BLACK on Fridays, WHEREVER they are, as a sign of solidarity and a signal to Malacanang that even if some of us can't be there at the place of protest, we are with them in spirit.
Goodluck. =)

Saturday, March 11, 2006 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Hi Jade! So sorry, sabi ni Enteng you guys were a couple. :-) No matter, am still happy both of you were there. Yes, even the simple of act of wearing black, or tying a black ribbon to your car antenna, wearing a black arm band should be enough to make your feelings known. Not everyone's cut out to march in the streets, even small acts of protest help a great deal. Hope you can join us on the next action, Jade!

Saturday, March 11, 2006 2:45:00 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

THIS WILL NEVER BE SUCCESFUL, SIMPLY BEC THERE IS NO CLEAR ALTERNATIVE TO GMA. HINDI PO P

Sunday, March 12, 2006 12:20:00 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

HINDI PO PUWEDENG "SAKA NA LANG NATIN ISIPIN PAALISIN MUNA SI GMA" MAS LALO LANG PO GUGULO, SIGURADO ARAW ARAW EDSA.KUNG DI KAYO MAG KAKAISA WALANG MANGYAYARI GAGASTOS LANG KAYO KAKABAYAD SA MGA JOLOGS NA MAG WELGA, PAG KATAPOS MO YAN BAYARAN AALIS AGAD YAN. CORY IS SO MAD ABOUT THE HACIENDA LUISITA KAYA KULANG N LNG HILAHIN NYA SI GMA, SAYANG ANG REPUATION NYA NASIRA NA. AYUSIN NYO YAN, DAHIL KUNG HINDI LAHAT KAYO PUPULUTIN SA KANGKUNGAN!

Sunday, March 12, 2006 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Etecina said...

We the middle-class workers are not are silent, instead we are asking you to stop and pray for our leader's wisdom and for our nation. Please be productive instead, go to your family and ask them to pray our country and our leaders, please.

Sunday, March 12, 2006 8:48:00 PM  
Blogger acidboy said...

prayers? i don't think the Lord has the inclination nor desire to listen to our prayers anymore specially when the subject of politics is included with the "Our Father" and "Hail Mary." please, get real! as a devout catholic all my life, and an individual that respects opinions that run against mine, the recent spate of attacks by the church that i belong in only makes me distraught at what the church means today. especially when the church itself is crumbling from the inside, and the faith of our members have been compromised by matters that are not political in nature.

anyway, the Lord has other things to do than weigh the evidence, opinions and all that with regards to our political problems. let's leave Him out of this for once. and i'm calling on BOTH sides to do that. you're only confusing The Big Guy eh!

Monday, March 13, 2006 1:13:00 PM  
Blogger Etecina said...

Sorry acidboy hindi ako Pro-GMA neither against her but I do believe as a true Christian, we (including you) must be humble and patient and be thankful in what God has given us. The Big Guy gave us the President, then so be it. Let's pray na lang that God will give her a wisdom, ngayon if all the graces na nga is with GMA and then she manipulate it, then definitely God's wrath is upon her. And that's for sure, basahin mo ang book of Kings (Kings 1 and 2) andun lahat ang rise and fall ng mga leaders at palaging involved dun si God. Try mo lang basahin. Acidboy, heto basahin mo 2 Kings 18:17-37, NIV - Where as na threaten ang Jerusalem pero King Hezekiah trusted God and what happened? Naging humble sya at nagpray siya kasama mga tao at anong nangyari? God delivered Jerusalem from the Assyrian siege. Read this too 2 Kings 19. Acidboy, try mo lang basahin hindi yan fiction totoong nangyari yan, at proven yan that God is greater than our problems even if our problems are as big as our nation. And surely, marereceive ng mga evil and wicked ang vengeance which is not from man but from God.

Monday, March 13, 2006 9:16:00 PM  
Blogger carlosceldran said...

You're still at it I see. Sigh. Oh well. Good thing one other couple joined you.

Monday, March 13, 2006 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger acidboy said...

carlos,
:) nice seeing you here. hahaha!

etecina,
thank you for your reply. i am also a god-fearing, sort-of-active member of the catholic church, educated by jesuits, believer of the faith, and all that.

my prayers everynight are full of thanksgiving for the day that transpired, as they say- a day above ground is a good day! i also get to pray that maybe tomorrow i will be a better person than i am today. that is what my faith teaches me to pray for. i also have personal intentions like the welfare of my wonderful daughter, my parents, a few people i know who are in a very sickly condition, the dearly departed friends and family i miss, and of course those poor vicitms of calamities like the ones in leyte.

what i'm saying is this: the Lord does not have to get into soemthing as PETTY as this political brouhaha. yes, it is petty, as compared to all the troubles we encounter in the world- each one of us. if we can't rely on ourselves to figure this one out, without having to ask the Lord to do the deciding and the actions for us, then we are truly a sorry lot.

i just hope the bishops-with-too-much-time-on-their-hands gets to read this too. wake up, representatives of Christ, there's a lot more important things that has to be done.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Kubster said...

just like work and play, all pray and no action is just no good

isn't it written somewhere in the bible that god helps those who help themselves?

all this fencesitters are... well... using their butts and nothing else

Thursday, March 16, 2006 5:34:00 PM  
Blogger Etecina said...

Well search for it in the bible then, time to read your it. I'm telling you Kubster, it's worth reading maybe you have to dust it first.

Friday, March 17, 2006 3:37:00 AM  
Blogger Buduy said...

I'm pleased that the movement had no fears in riding the MRT. No fear of being bombed by the MILF or the NPA. This is so unlike during the time of Erap when I always felt scared when I rode the MRT. I guess that feeling of excitement and fear should come back to me in riding the MRT after this movement turns to a success. Exciting!!! More power.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:07:00 AM  
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 3:35:00 AM  

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