Military adventurism, media insecurities, atbp
Rebel military forces, the Magdalo group of Sen. Trillanes et al, under court hearing procedures for an earlier rebellion case, stage a walk out and hole up at Makati’s tony Manila Peninsula Hotel for a “press conference.”
Here’s my take of it all:
- They really don’t get it, do they? “They” – both pro-gov’t & anti-gov’t – do NOT realize that the MAJORITY of Filipinos are goddamn tired of it all – of politics, politics, politics! Corruption, corruption, corruption! Of politicians, corrupt officials and power-hungry opportunists coming from all sectors – the wanna-be-politicians, military, clergy, media and what-have-you.
- Trillanes, Gen. Danny Lim et al’s posturing of doing the faddish “silent, peaceful dissent” of yore falls flat on the face considering they did their act with fully-armed supporters, broadcast in national, international TV at that. Fact is, they were waiting for military defections and general public support to follow, ala RP-style People Power ad infinitum of old. When it didn’t materialize due to clouded assessment of the general public sentiment, oh, well… maybe, next time…
- In fairness to Trillanes et al, they were able to manage well and use the media for maximum exposure. Heard Trillanes will run for president next elections. Hmm, sarap talaga ng power, no?
- Classic line: Trillanes: “Nothing will happen after 3 o”clock!”
- In fairness to GMA and the “wetness” guys, they elevated stage management of the crisis to the “Rule of Law” theme, putting it on a 1st World, politically-correct, on-top-of-it-all, bench-preceding (for RP standards, i.e.) level. Hmmm… sikat na naman ang Pinoy! Watch the stocks soar tomorrow – buy! buy! buy!
- National media, particularly the ABS-CBN, show their ignorance on post-operative Police work when all guys holed up at Manila Pen – media people included – are hauled off to Bicutan for accounting and/or debriefing stuff. Only shows another common Filipino trait – grandstanding when opportunity knocks or kulang sa pansin. If only to gain added pogi points (sakit ng tear gas, no!) Whew! Kala ko mature na tayo!
- It’s crazy when they, the media, starts to think Marcos is back, Martial Law deja vu. Jesus!
Update: For all their political naïveté, Trillanes et al, however, raised very valid issues re proper governance and much-needed reforms for the nation. I hope the admin’s business-as-usual stance doesn’t spell finis to addressing these vital concerns. Otherwise, the cycle would never end.
TV screen grab: tanks force their way in, into the lobby of the kewl Manila Peninsula, 29 November, 2007
Filipinos love freedom. Birds included. At a price, of course.