I’m writing this in a rush and will be headed out to cover the August 26 Million People March in a few minutes.
While I’ve read so many articles on what people say it is or will be, I am still trying to resist any attempt to frame it in any way. As of now, the only way I can describe it is a collective physical expression of outrage over a number of issues — only one of which is Pork Barrel Corruption.
I think the biggest scapegoat that people are trying to banish is the government that they created by their misguided actions and the passive participation with anything with a cute slogan.
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What the gathering really outlines is the fact that most Filipinos haven’t understood this one simple idea: You get the government that you deserve.
It seems the only time that people participate in democratic governance is when (1) there is an election and (2) when there is a scandal.
Of course, I really don’t need to be at Luneta to see this event because TV networks are going to cover this and most people can probably watch the whole thing unfold in the comfort (as well as safety) of their own homes.
But then again, nothing beats seeing things “live” and unframed by the television.
(Note: I’ll will be on Twitter throughout the whole thing, so follow me if you want to.)