what a relief it was to see national artist bienvenido lumbera and activist sister mary john mananzan o.s.b. on tv news protesting malacanang’s latest call for charter change and announcing that concerned artists with civil society are holding a rally, a truth festival, sa baywalk 3 p.m. august 22 to 6 a.m. august 23 (should be interesting kahit no alcohol allowed ;)
and what a relief it is to hear that the senators are in no mood to be pushed, manipulated, or intimidated by the palace into a con-ass and a quick shift to federalism for the sake kuno of peace kuno in mindanao.
but why do i get the feeling that we’re being toyed with? why do i get the feeling that the palace does not really expect charter change to happen in time to extend her term? why do i get the feeling that the palace is happy enough that fvr and the senators are all saying, “not before 2010”?
it’s like we’re being conditioned to think to accept that chacha is inevitable, even, that there’s a popular clamor for cha-cha, so it’s going to happen once gloria’s gone, make no mistake about it.
BUT BUT BUT there is no popular clamor for charter change. the clamor for charter change is not coming from the people, it’s coming from the political elite – elected government officials like presidents and senators and congressmen and governors and mayors (and of course their networks of political suppporters across classes and sectors all the way down to the grassroots) who are known to look after self-interests first before the people’s.
and if i’m right, that it’s the political elite behind all this talk of federalizing government and, incidentally kuno, liberalizing the economy, can foreign interests be far behind? more like, breathing down their necks.