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.