by Alan Robles
What do you do with a stupid employee who's always drunk on the job, who steals wantonly, womanizes, gambles, refuses to work, bullies everybody, schemes with fellow crooks and bribes the other servants using your money?
Fire him, of course.
Joseph Estrada finally outlived his uselessness. His government dissolved from under him, melted in four days by the white hot rage of a people betrayed by traditional politicians.
Three days of partying on the street and a President falls.
Was People Power II that easy?
Compared to the first one, yes.
This January's uprising occurred in a society and environment vastly more open and wired than in 1986. Then, the dictator held all the cards. Marcos controlled everything: the media, the bureaucracy, the police and military, the local governments.
So you made a slight miscalculation. You supported a certain person and irritated millions of people. Well, doesn't everyone make mistakes? Must you undergo plastic surgery or walk around with your head in a bag the rest of your life? Does this mean the end of your career? All that money spent in the last election down the drain? Why, you even hocked your relatives didn't you?
Stung by the overwhelming negative publicity, our beloved administration responds to the growing criticism with a bold new initiative...
Pressed Secretary: We've asked our friends in the media to come here today so we can unveil our latest bold new initiative in response to the growing criticism...
by Alan Robles
In 1972 Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law with Proclamation 1081. He did it, he said, to save the Republic and to create what he called a "New Society." A whole generation of Filipinos now exists which only has the faintest recollection -- if at all -- of the Marcos dictatorship. Kids, this is what you missed. Perhaps it's what you should pass on when you have kids of your own.