Forgive the lack of posts lately, my colleagues and I have been terribly busy. For the first time, work kept me away from the last Black Friday Protest, hence the lack of pictures, am still waiting for them to be emailed to me. But I am happy to report that there were over 200 folks in attendance, that they floated candles on the Pasig River and made sure they were retrieved (that should please all environmentalists).
It seems the winds are behind us these days, and we are all happy about the Supreme Court decisions against both EO464 and CPR. It would be best that you visit the legal blogs (San Juan Gossip Mills, La Vida Lawyer, The Bystander are my favorites) for explanation and intelligent himay. It is right and good that the Supreme Court as a body is mindful of the legacy it will leave to us. It is also clear that Madame Arroyo and her minions have been set to rights for their blatant misuse of power, the Court voted unanimously both times. These decisions were more than a proverbial slap on the wrist - fellows, the lady's been spanked!
As a citizen hungry for the truth, it is a pleasure to know that an obstacle like EO464 has been moved out of the way. I look forward to the continuance of the search by both Houses of Congress. This is a vindication of the actions of both General Gudani and Colonel Balutan, among others - may their tribe increase!
The decision against CPR is so very welcome - we are all elated that the Court upheld our rights to express our sentiments and grievances, to walk proudly wearing any tee shirt on any street. We are also hopeful that the case against Enteng and Dinky will be dismissed.
There is one more decision we hope will be in our favor. We await with bated breath the determination on PP1017. Although we are hopeful, the recent accusations against The Probe Team are unsettling. This proves what a friend said to me, "First, they'll try to buy you. If they can't, then they'll try to scare you into submission". It is gratifying to know that journalists like Cheche Lazaro, Shiela Coronel, Marites Vitug, Ellen Tordesillas, MLQ3, Carlos Conde, and so many others, remain undaunted and feisty.
More good news - the regional trial court of Capiz has granted a 20 day TRO against the election registrar to stop the verification of PIG (People's Initiative of Gloria) signatures. The provincial board of Benguet has also issued a resolution against PIG, declaring the initiative to be "highly irregular". We salute them all! Meanwhile, we await the decision of the Makati trial court regarding a tRO against the spurious PIG, and pray they decide in our favor.
Speaking of PIG and Cha Cha, monitor this blog for important announcements in the next few days. I am confident that many of you will be pleased.