screw the status quo. we need change and we need it now. we need not a leader who plays with words and public funds. we need not a leader whose years of service fall under the 'fiction' category. we definitely need not a leader who knows nothing. we require a leader who has conviction, who has the guts to change the seemingly unchangeable. we need... to prepare for 2007. Now.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I should have been there with the guys in EDSA. Today, we remember the ousting of a corrupt president through peaceful means, a trademark owned by the Filipinos... This year, it seems that it is a sad event for those who partake in the commemoration. Sad cuz almost no one doesn't care anymore. Sad cuz EDSA DOS is almost a lost cause now...

Why? For many reasons, that is. First, look at those whom we fought for. Look at Loren Legarda, for instance. Years ago, I followed and never failed to know every step she took in office. I admired her for her courage, dedication. I've always thought of her as a woman of uncontestable principles. But look at her now! Now, she stands with FPJ. She is running for office alongside a terrible timebomb in Philippine history. I don't know where her principles now. I could have at least kept em as souvenirs.

Look at Gloria's political party. Anyway, we didn't fight for her during EDSA DOS. We fought for change. She owed everything to us. Now, look. She stands alongside enemies. She took traitors as colleagues. Jaworski, Mercado, even that treacherous OsmeƱa, whose face in his political TV ads I really detest.

Look at Davide. He who should run for president had now left the limelight for the reason that his honorable name had been blemished by false accusations. He, who not only did his job as he claimed it during the impeachment trial that ignited EDSA DOS, but also did his job pretty damn well, is now living in the sanctuary of silence.

Look at the Filipinos. Where is the change we fought for during EDSA DOS. After a few months of victory came nothing but what has been before the revolution. As if nothing happened. Corruption is still rampant. Ah... there had been change, I stand corrected. At least now, corruption is even more obvious than ever. COMELEC hello?

Today, I recall those five long days of awakening. I celebrate the day when I came out of our house and claimed freedom from everything that makes the Philippines miserable. Today, I celebrate the day when I first saw the Philippines in the bigger picture, when I became aware that I am not alone.

So today, I wear black again.

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