finally gave up trying to get photos of EDSA 86 first, though some did come in — thanks, people — but not nearly enough.
anyway, like katrina says, it’s the text that’s important, a pdf file would do. but joel, after reading my last post, surprised us with a cool website and a hot, as in, perfect! domain name, edsarevolution.com no less, that he had been saving pala for a moment such as this.
yes, a moment, a time, such as this, only two months away from presidential elections, with the aquino-villar race in a dead heat, neck and neck sa surveys, a statistical tie that could prove sustainable all the way to may, and the aquino camp threatening to do an EDSA if noynoy is cheated.
say ni de quiros sa facebook:
I believe it. If cheating happens again, Edsa will happen again.
seems to me what he’s really saying is: if noynoy loses, it means he was cheated, and EDSA will happen again. which is troubling.
if the race is this tight to the very end, the winner could win without cheating as long as he has the smarts and the logistics on may 10 to fetch rural voters, provide them with sample ballots, take them to polling centers, feed them and take them home, or give them pamasahe pauwi. that’s the way it was in my lola’s time and that’s the way it still is in many many rural areas across the country, so i’m told.
of course it would be a different matter if noynoy were able to race ahead, surveys-wise, in the next sixty days so that losing means there’s cheating, which would be truly unacceptable. then an EDSA scenario would indeed be called for. but hopefully, not an edsa dos because that would mean noynoy plotting with, and being forever beholden to, the military, as in arroyo’s case.
rather, hopefully an EDSA 86, and therefore not just a gathering of noynoy crowds sa shrine or wherever because that’s not all it will take to win the battle decisively. in ’86 it was cory’s and the people’s boycott campaign that figured significantly, i suspect, in enrile’s decision to break away from marcos; his fellow cronies must have urged him to act, to bolt, and stop the boycott somehow any how. day one of EDSA was day 7 of the boycott.
but EDSA is not the answer if the race is tight all the way to voting day. noong ’86 isa lang ang kalaban, si marcos. ngayong 2010 ang daming naglalaban-laban. it’s not black or white, it’s various shades of gray. also, what’s to prevent the contested winner from mounting his own edsa? paano na ‘yon? paramihan na lang ng tao? and what’s to prevent the obvious losers from joining the contested winner’s camp and all of them ganging up on noynoy? magulo ‘yon.
unfortunately noynoy does not have a franchise on EDSA. unfortunate, because a villar presidency scares me. he can’t be spending all that money out of the goodness of his heart, expecting nothing in exchange.
for now, misgivings and all, sisters and all, i’m beginning to think noynoy is the least “evil” and parang i’d rather live with him than with villar in the next six years. though i still wish he’d get more resolved and creative about hacienda luisita and agrarian reform, and i still wish he didn’t count so much on kris and boy abunda to bring in the votes.