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Talkin' about a...

The governing question is, if the current situation is a reprise of the first People Power, the media is stifled and the Philippine blogosphere will become the new Radyo Bandido, who will be our June Keithley?

Filipinos just love sequels, and in the process, we romanticize them too. We have the speeches, the communists, and of course, the jokes. We've got nostalgia for the Diliman Commune. I am not playing the efforts down, but I guess I'm not ready for another. 1986 was yellow versus red with nothing in between. I was nine years old. If you're not for Cory then you're automatically for Marcos. That was how divided we were then, you can see a solid line running across Philippine society. Previously it's a matter of timing and I'd go where my parents stood, but now I stay away by choice.

It's a different case when colors mingle with each other and we are left with an undesirable shade of muck. Cory in bed with Jinggoy and Imee? Blech. The so-called middle class just won't buy it. I have qualms calling myself part of the middle class. Maybe I am because I take a day job and I am taxed. And I, well, have plans of working abroad too. But that's for another discussion. It's just that the middle class maybe facing extinction, and we don't sell that well and we have no plans of marketing ourselves to the left or the right in the current situation. They can exploit the poor and the rich would take sides where profit is higher. And the middle class, we just let ourselves be. The advantage of being in the middle is that the view is better. We can see who is doing who with what. We've tasted totalitarianism in the offices we work for--forbidden internet sites, unpaid overtime hours, cutesy-wootsy newsletter writing and crackdowns on plans to set up a union. Proclamation 1017, bring it on.

Yet we are ambivalent and would not want to miss another opportunity without being opportunistic. The sad part is that we're waiting for somebody with credibility, or at the minimum the charisma to lead us or at least be our anchor, like frizzy-haired Cory back in 1986. Seeing Guingona and Alcuaz waving a United Middle Class banner makes me cringe. Our criteria is not as high as Che Guevarra but I think that would be a bonus.

I just hope it won't take another twenty years, as my application for immigrant visas are much shorter.

“Talkin' about a...”

  1. Anonymous mcvie Says:

    I’m waiting for someone, not to lead us but to leave us alone. In my naïve mind, I think that the less dependent ordinary Filipinos are from central government, the better for everyone. Decentralized and empower the smaller units—provinces, cities, towns, baranggays.

  2. Anonymous TwistedMan Says:

    The image of Cory with the Erap and Marcos minions is truly disconcerting. She even went to Fort Boni to pray for Col. Querubin, who plotted against her administration and was part of the Dec 1989 coup. Strange indeed. However, I still believed that the country will only move forward if GMA resigns. She lied. The issue of whether she ordered wholesale cheating during the last elections is not yet settled.

  3. Anonymous coleen Says:

    nung umalis ako ng pilipinas nawalan ako ng paki sa kung ano ang nanyayari. naiinis lang kasi ako pag nakakarinig ako ng mga balita. tapos lahat ng tao dito tatanungin ka pa kung ano nanyari sa bansa natin. although kahit ganun, what i've been doing out here is try to cover up every filipino's ass by defending our dignity or whatever's left of it. naiinis ako pero pinoy pa rin ako. may pride naman ako for our country. they say nanyayari sa yo kung ano ang kine-claim mo. kaya i claim that there will come a time na maiaahon din natin ang sarili natin sa hellhole na kinatatayuan natin ngayon. langya, naging makabayan ata ako nung napunta ako ng Singapore.

  4. Anonymous slim whale Says:

    as i've always said, i don't mind marching in the streets, demanding heads to roll. but to be marching beside imee, jinggoy and their ilk is hard to stomach.