Unpopular and incorrigible


Few will dispute that the country has never been as unstable as today. But it isn’t because it is divided, as Malacanang would have us believe.

The “division” created by the Arroyo political crisis exists only in the frantic imaginations of Palace henchmen. A division implies a more or less equal balance of forces for and against. But the Arroyo camp is almost totally isolated and its support dwindling, while those opposed to it grow in strength and numbers. Continue reading

Arroyo’s end


No, this is not to confirm the silly tale that former President Corazon Aquino and Senate President Franklin Drilon are planning to assassinate Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This is in reference to the Arroyo regime’s eventual departure, courtesy of its own fatal flaws.

Few think this still possible, given the regime’s tenacity and the middle-class’ seeming indifference. As predicted, the failure of anti-Arroyo forces last July-August to create the critical mass that brought down Joseph Estrada in 2001 has kept Arroyo in power. Lukewarm middle-class support was crucial to that failure. Continue reading

Business unusual


Despite Malacanang’s pretense at business as usual, the political situation is as unstable as ever, and the Arroyo government as afraid of being ousted now as it was last July.

The crisis is first of all rooted in the dubious mandate of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In trying to sidestep that issue and halt protests, the Palace is itself fanning the crisis it says is over. Continue reading