Saturday, January 19, 2008

When hope was high and history worth repeating

I was there, too. Photos taken on the afternoon of January 19, 2001. That night, one of the Craven Eleven, the basketball star-turned-senator Robert Jaworkski, showed up in EDSA to express remorse for his vote, and got promptly smacked in the head by an angry horde. The military had switched sides, then-Defense Secretary Orly Mercado was already on stage arm in arm with Chavit Singson, the director Joel Lamangan had screamed himself hoarse asking his fellow artista to stand up and be counted, the crowd was in a jubilant mood with confetti, music and dancing drowning out the unbelievable stench. It was only a matter of hours. The next morning, the Current Occupant would have her swearing-in, with Nene Pimentel no less holding the mike. Erap was history. Party over. The middle class had one more EDSA to feel good about. "I am the steward of the people's victory," intoned the new president. "Hello, Garci" was three years away.


Note: This entry is in support of "Blog Action Week: Bloggers Remember People Power 2," a Bloggers Kapihan project. Share your own stories of EDSA Dos, and why you think it matters--or not.

6 comments:

jericho said...

it did matter then. it still matters now. i'm not a believer of the people power-fatigue syndrome bull. kainggit at andun kayo.

beektur said...

History repeats itself. First as tragedy, second as farce. -- Karl Marx

Rudy said...

What made the event all the more disgusting was the sight of those "Balimbings" suddenly seeing the light, kuno. Hay nako...

-snglguy-

Rey said...

I do remember having full of dreams for a better tomorrow then... Until it turned to be a nightmare.

Those people in that stage turning their backs on Erap were the ones hot on Gloria's heels now.

carlo said...

i was there, but even then I felt something wasn't right. the crowd grew only after the military switched sides, unlike edsa one when people bravely threw themselves in front of tanks to save fidel and co. when ferdinand was still in control.

in edsa dos, the multitudes came only after the tide had turned. the night of jan. 19 felt more like a rave with that sea of people in black partying.

i guess, like mystics longing to relive their encounter with the divine, some filipinos still try to experience again that one brief, shining moment...

the impulse isn't bad, but working democracies aren't built on repeated attempts at getting another high.

gibbs cadiz said...

JERICHO, hi, unfortunately, people power fatigue is a very real thing. not because edsa 2 itself was bad--am still proud that i was there to oust erap from his seat--but because it didn't amount to anything much after. the fact that we went through two modern 'revolutions' and we're still stuck in this rut can be pretty dispiriting. :)

BEEKTUR, amen. gloria, who pardoned erap who's now threatening to run again, are the very definitions of a farce. but you could include us too, for letting all this happen. :)

RUDY, sinabi mo! :)

REY, as one of erap's minions said, weather-weather lang yan. :)

CARLO: 'the impulse isn't bad, but working democracies aren't built on repeated attempts at getting another high.' -- good point! :)

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