Onstage: Cory and Erap

I felt awkward to see Former Presidents Corazon Aquino and Joseph Estrada on-stage in last Friday’s (02-29-08) interfaith rally in Makati.

Aquino who had been active in the ouster of Estrada is now sharing the same stage with him.

Estrada who had been convicted of amassing millions of people’s money is now lambasting President Arroyo for alleged massive corrupt acts.

I am not sure if Cory and Erap are comfortable with each other’s presence.

I don’t know why Cory (who calls for moral recovery) allow Estrada to stay beside her.

I feel relieved to see both sharing a stand as it may manifest ‘reconciliation’ and ‘unity’. However, I’m more alarmed because what I perceived as reconciliatory moves of former political ‘enemies’ is superficial. It seems I am watching two great movie stars using anything at hand to win the much-coveted academy award.

The ‘Cory and Erap coalition’ are just among of several other political coalitions formed. Sun Star Cebu observes, […] this has been the strategy since Ferdinand Marcos was successfully booted out of power in 1986: forge coalitions to muster the needed “critical mass” of protesters.

The ‘Cory and Erap coalition’ seems very weak. Unlike the the political coalitions formed on the later part of the Marcos regime and during Estrada’s ‘corrupt and incompetent administration’, the coalition formed to oust President Arroyo is weak.

Sun Star Cebu added, [w]hat differentiates the current effort to oust President Arroyo from the other people power uprisings is that the weakness of the coalition strategy is obvious.

The coalition lacks strong support. The reason might be the people’s realization that the same coalition just refresh the vicious cycle of ‘politicking’ – that such good old move has nothing to do with our nation as a whole but benefit instead few politicians who quest to re-acquire power.

I pity Estrada for saying that he is ready to head the elusive transitional government. Estrada simply re-engineers his political costumes. With due respect, I have doubts with Cory’s intentions.

Jerry G. Gervacio|Mandaue City|Contact: Send Mail
Blog I author (Bisaya): Ambot Lang!

6 thoughts on “Onstage: Cory and Erap

  1. Sir,

    I have read your comment in Postcard Headlines’ blog:

    “Those who write bitter things about our country have reasons to do so. I hope that sharing of opinions and sentiments in blogosphere sustain. But still, I appeal that as one nation, let us remain calm and stand for reasons not just emotions. We can help re-build this nation through our collective power of being aware.”

    I totally agree. Perhaps, you could offer some contributions on a proposal for for political reform?

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you.

  2. The interfaith rally in Makati would have been a success if not for letting Erap, Cory or any politico come up on stage. i mean, Erap speak about PGMA resigning when he himself isn’t innocent?! goodness me!

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you.
    Erap should learn to think fast before he acts.

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  4. the interfaith rally was a successful one, a great salute to all Filipinos who sacrificed and marched in Makati last friday (precisely we are free to air out our sentiments in anyway we want as long as it’s not illegal ) i was not one of the ralliest though but when i watched the activity on television my attention as an ordinary watcher was not focus to CORY AND ERAP. I saw the collective Filipinos who plead for truth. that was actually the essence and the message that i get and the presence of Cory and Erap did not stain the genuinity of that rally.

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you.
    We all sacrifice. Not only those who went to rallies. Those who went to rally were only thousands and there are millions out there who sacrifice because of erratic situations. We all have stand – not only those who went to rallies. I wonder why those who attend to rallies accused those who were not as having no stand to issues. I have a stand but you can’t hear me shouting on streets.

  5. cory thinks she still got the charisma, NOT. I am disgusted with her actions lately. Alam ko na kung kanino nagmana si Kris Aquino, maybe she should join her sa the Buzz, para maging interesting yung palabas na yon.


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