Another EDSA ocho-ocho “revolution” in the works? That’s according to House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman who reportedly spoke of knowledge of a plan on the part of the administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to incite an uprising if Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is acquitted in his on-going impeachment trial…
â€œI hope it is not true. I hope it is not true that the Aquino administration is contriving People Power to oust the Chief Justice in the event of his acquittal by the Senate. I hope this is not true,â€ said Lagman in a speech during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines Prospects for the Philippines Forum at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati on Thursday.
Noynoy Aquino is the son of former President Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino who, in 1986 was supposedly catapulted into power by the much vaunted “People Power” phenomenon. The term “people power” and the divine mythology spun around it has since been made to be synonymous to the Aquino name in the minds of most Filipinos. This feat of mass indoctrination can be traced to a quarter century of propaganda engineered by media organisations who benefited from the ascent to power of the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan — the ABS-CBN Network and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Though the original (albeit dubious) spirit of the “revolution” has since faded into a pale shadow, its symbolic artifacts — the Laban “L” sign, the colour yellow, and the catch phrases — remain strong brands. Indeed, they are managed using the same shrewd science applied by the best corporate brand managers.
As such, most Filipinos today have all but swallowed the notion that “people power” equals Noynoy Aquino. This power to move the masses using hollow symbolism and over-simplified catch phrases is one that Noynoy wields today. If Lagman is right, Noynoy today threatens to invoke this power in the event that the impeachment trial against Corona fails to yield an outcome to his liking.
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Inquirer.net “columnist” Conrado de Quiros gave us a taste of a similar threat back in the latter parts of Noynoy’s presidential campaign when he drummed up a fear campaign around the spectre of an imagined “massive breakdown” and “massive fraud” in the electoral process that could result in Noynoy’s loss of the chance to become President — a chance de Quiros apparently believed he was destined for regardless of what due process yields. Upon that moronic idea rests what he almost describes as a duty on Noynoy’s part to call the people to hit the streets when he does not get his way; in effect, incite rebellion…
[…] what can the Aquino camp do in the event of massive cheating? Organize a walkout of observers at the first hint of cheating? Maybe. Whip up public indignation? Maybe. Create a Yellow Army? Maybe.
Fast forward to today and we find a different situation but with possibly the same thinking being applied to it by the MalacaÃ±ang of Noynoy Aquino.
Execute Order 66.
It has long been evident (and very much more so in recent days) that Noynoy never intended his efforts to remove Corona from the Supreme Court to reach the Senate impeachment court. In that light, we now see the significance of the appalling arm twisting of 188 House Representatives into filing the impeachment complaint against Corona, and the conscription of Philippine Mainstream Media into an all-out demonisation of Corona, observing how…
[…] much ado over Corona’s supposedly “unexplained wealth” was being spun by various “online journalists”.
Going further down the depth of the barrel, we found veteran “investigative reporter” Raissa Robles and “online journalist” Marites Vitug scraping its bottom with their “reports” about the sketchy improprieties of Corona’s wife Mrs Cristina Corona and the “outrage” of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) awarding Mr Corona academic credentials under supposedly inappropriate circumstances.
The real game plan was to force Corona to resign before a real and transparent Senate trial began.
But now that it actually did, the losers seem to be the suckers that now make up the impeachment prosecution team — stuck with a sloppily-written and hopelessly ambiguous set of Articles of Impeachment to base their prosecution on, and hung out to dry while MalacaÃ±ang, in the background, may be executing Order 66 as I write this. We see this laughable situation in the almost slapstick sorry state of preparedness and lack of coordination of the impeachment prosecution team who are being made into minced meat by Corona’s Mercedes Benz of legal teams.
Funny how things turn out. The court drama now being played out in front of national television under the excellent stewardship of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and given thunder by the defense’s brilliant general Serafin Cuevas achieved something more important. It is renewing what was thought to be a hopelessly-lost sense of pride in the Filipino of the democratic institutions and processes that were the original point of the 1986 “revolution”. Indeed, we may be privileged to be witness to a seminal exercise that could herald the dawn of the glory days of the Philippine Senate. It is an ironic unintended outcome of Noynoy’s vanity and vindictiveness.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.