Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Lutong Macao

Most of you have already heard about our day in the House from various media reports. By all accounts, it ended pretty much the way we, the Citizen Complainants, our pro-Impeachment Congresspersons, and probably the whole country, expected the hearing of the House Committee on Justice to end.

We have to hand it to the pro-Impeachment Reps. It is hard to mount a fight like this without sincerity and commitment. Many detractors have said that the likes of Chiz and Alan Peter are doing this to further their political careers. Who cares? There are easier ways to doing that, just ask the anti-Impeach group. We care more about the passion and dedication they and the rest of the pro-Impeach Team have poured into this fight. Their careful planning, employing, pretty much, a no-frills strategy, paralleled our aims. These men and women gladly joined us in this undertaking, choosing, as Neric Acosta said, "the hard right over the easy wrong" at great cost to themselves, their families and constituencies. And we still have a ways to go.

We cannot thank them enough, our champions, our voices in the House. We salute their resolute resolve. Through them, we got to prove that justice does not reside in the House of Representatives. It is true that our institutions have been eroded and made ineffective. It is true that in this country, lying, cheating, stealing and killing are not impeachable offenses.

After the ruckus, as we hugged and shook hands with our Reps, I spotted Chiz, alone in a corner. Amidst all the hullaballoo, there he was, smoking a cigarette, quietly thinking ahead.

--oOo--

But you didn't expect the white envelopes, did you?

One of the most rigid rules a citizen must endure while in the House gallery is the imposition of silence. That restriction's harder to take than not being able to bring in water (imposed during the last SONA) or food. The audience is muzzled, unable to comment on the proceedings, at most able only to whisper comments among themselves. A Congressman was heard to have said that people in the gallery are "guests". In one sense that may be true, but who really "owns" the House of Representatives? But that's another idea to be fleshed out another time. The point is this - no matter how much you want to join the "discussion", you can't or you'll be thrown out.

So how do you show your support or disgust? How best to make your feelings known and not get booted out? The CEGP unfurled poster sized slogans which were torn from their hands. If it wasn't for the intervention of some Reps, they'd have been made to leave. Applause is a no no, tsk tsk. Even the taciturn duo of Randy David and Bien Lumbera, irrepressible Josie Lichauco, and the elegant Nini Quezon Avancena need to express their indignation.

And so, in tribute to "the second envelope", we brought out our white enve... este... fans! Although broken later, we agreed not to write anything on them. They were just your run of the mill postal envelopes. When asked to explain, we complained that the airconditioners weren't doing their job, the "hot air" was stifling, so we needed to fan ourselves. Imagine our surprise when the anti-impeachment Reps took offense! At what? Empty white envelopes? They were so insulted, they actually walked out! But not before Luis Villafuerte did a "Tessie Oreta" and waved his handkerchief around to taunt us.

Another much aggrieved Rep was Rudy Antonino. Standing a good fifteen feet away from us, he bellowed, "I dare you to accuse me on camera!" to no one in particular. No one in particular bothered. The media ignored him because Sandra Cam was much better copy at the time. Super K, aka Mikey Arroyo, fled to the other end of the hall, standing around, looking unsure of where to run. Uncle Iggy was nowhere to be found! Seemingly too overwhelmed by being confronted with some uncomfortable truth, the Gloria Mob fled!

So how do you empty the Plenary Hall of pro-Glo Representatives? You wave white envelopes.

18 comments:

cvj said...

Helga, I would like to salute you and your group as well for all your efforts. History is on your side.

Helga said...

Thank you, cvj! Really appreciate it. How I wish justice was on our side, too.

manuelbuencamino said...

Helga,

Those envelopes were a masterstroke. And the Kwarta o kahon taunts even made it better.

Now I think it's time to ask a novelty manufacturer to print toilet paper with the faces of Gloria, Mike, Iggy, Mikey and the anti-impeachment members of the Justice committee.
When I was living in the States, I recall seeing something like that with the face of one of their presidents. Maybe it can also be manufactured here.

Anyway, just a thought but I'm sure it will sell like hotcakes.

schumey said...

Helga,

Fantastic idea to drive your point. Marunong din pala mahiya ang walanghiya.

Helga said...

Didn't know those slimy Congs had it in them, schumey. You know, we were so surprised at their reaction. Didn't think they'd walk out on us. But I assure you, it was a great shot in the arm!

Manuel, I remember they did that pre-EDSA 1, printed toilet paper rolls with Marcos' and Imelda's faces. Let me see into how we can get them made. Then we can all have the runs!

engineerOFW said...

Next step will be for the pro-impeachment bloc to work with the voters --- poor, middle-class, rich, women, men --- so that more congressmen are put in office that pay attention to good governance and human rights.

Helga said...

Not only the pro-impeachment bloc, engineerofw - we should all do this excellent suggestion of yours, whether you are for or against this regime. We should speak with our families, friends, co-workers about the issues and who we think will represent our wishes and hopes so that we can all be better equipped when voting day comes around. Education is the key.

ricelander said...

Great imagination you have there on the white envelopes. Stuff it with play money next time.

james said...

dinky cried again? it won't do this time. try next year. better still after the presidential term expires. she can't be president forever right?! what do we do now..let's build super regions!

The Bystander said...

Despite the scripted dismissal of the impeachment complaint by GMA's allies in Tongress, I still would like to congratulate you and all those who were there to witness the murder of the impeachment complaint for your creativity! It may not have created any sound but it certainly caught the attention of the pro-Gloria representathieves. Haha! Nahiya pa...

We may have lost our bid to impeach the President but we certainly won the battle for the hearts and minds of those who viewed the deliberations of the House Injustice Committee.

Congratulations once again!

Artemio de la Cruz said...

Kick these inbreed bastards in the next 2007 election. Expose their anomalies and how pork barrel is spent on their respective districts. Justice will prevail!

Helga said...

Pabayaan na nating umiyak si Dinky. She's been vilified, pilloried. And she has not hidden from accountability, unlike the Usurper with the Speech Impediment.

Thank you, Bystander, for taking the time to write despite revelling in your daughter's beauty! We hope to be allowed into the plenary next week. Abangan ang susunod na pangyayari!

By the way, have been monitoring ANC. It seems that the pro-Glo Reps are busy defending themselves. All their TV appearances will do is make them look even worse.

Ian said...

hindi na ako makapaghintay kung kelan tayo magiging "banana republic", sa paraan na iyan eh pede na tayo ipeke at benta sa mga istante.

jeleve said...

I think justice is on the side of the great majority of the filipinos who would prefer to just move on and contribute his own share in nation building rather than pulling each other down. such a waste of time and resources! There will always be a precise time for accountability. Don't rush it or we all sink together.

jeleve said...

tell you honestly. the more dinky show her face on tv the more turn off it would be for the cause of black and white movement. try put her on the background maybe just maybe your cause might really have a take off.

engineerOFW said...

Jeleve,

Some/many of the pro-impeachment "movers", in several instances over the past months, already lamented why they can not seem to motivate the population to stand up more vigorously and ask for the congressmen to push forward to the senate the impeachment documents.

You are asking the pro-impeachment groups to re-evaluate the wisdom of their position, which is quite a big request to make.

jeleve said...

cayetano is a talkative fisherman who's mouth is caught by his own hook. last termer congressman who's legislative accomplishment is but renaming of schools is a wrong spokesman for the impeachment group.

jeleve said...

instead of wasting time in congress, dinky and her black and white people(as if they don't have their own share of grays) should go to guimaras or albay and help the people there.
is it so hard for dinky and lea to understand that nobody is biting their lost cause? you could have a truck load of "evidences" but nobody is listening to you now.