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Philippine street "revolutions"
The scorecard so far
04 March 2008
Street "revolutions" have become a perverse sort of democratic institution in Philippine society. Philippine-style "people power" is a product of a misguided interpretation of the concept of the people's mandate, so simplified as to (a) readily appeal to the vacuous mind, and (b) be wielded by disenfranchised politicians as a low-cost tool for furthering their personal agendas.
Street "revolutions" are a pathetically poor substitute to due process. They leave no document trail, derive legitimacy from no more than appeal to emotion, and have no clear resolution. Their outcomes will always be debatable and negotiable.
This activity has become an addiction and the cycle of its invocation has shortened steadily -- 15 years from 1986 to 2001, four years from 2001 to 2005, and three years from 2005 to 2008.
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