People Power 'very fluid' at present


Posted at Feb 08 2015 06:54 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2015 02:54 AM

MANILA - There are no signs at this time that the public is ready for another People Power, but the situation can easily move towards one, analysts said.

In an interview with radio dzMM on Saturday, Institute for Political and Electoral Reform executive director Ramon Casiple said: “Hindi handa ang tao, walang signs before like Edsa 1, Edsa 2, and even Edsa 3. Although, the situation is not stable. Kahit ano’ng mangyayari, puwede. Hangga’t hindi mo nasasagot ang mga tanong, hindi mo makakalma ang galit.”

Casiple is referring to the continuous stream of criticisms President Benigno Aquino III has been receiving on the back of the chaotic Mamasapano operations, which led to the deaths of 44 police commandos, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and several civilians.

Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, who earlier called for Aquino’s resignation, said there is no People Power for now but this is already starting.

“We want people to know, magtulong-tulong tayo… at hindi maghanap ng isang idolo na aapihin tayo,” he said.

He noted that this has been the call of the National Transformation Council, even way before the Mamasapano incident happened, adding that there has already been a build-up of discontent, which started during the Quirino Grandstand hostage crisis.

For his part, Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano clarified that he has not heard of a coup d’etat. “Pero 'yung pag-uusap, pagsasama-sama ng mga personalidad, meron at karapatan nila bilang parte ng demokrasya ng bansa,” he added.

Alejano also believes a coup d’etat is not a remote possibility. “Sa akin, kung hindi maaagapan, hindi mabibigyang linaw ang mga nangyari, magkaroong linaw ang direksyon, commitment, at concrete action… ang sama ng loob ay lalakas at lalakas. [Hindi malayong] magamit ng mga interest groups ‘yan,” he said.

Casiple explained the problem of Aquino with regard to the current situation is that he is the “man on the spot.”

“Hindi lang dahil siya ang president, pero sa maraming tanong – siya lang ang makakasagot,” he said, adding that doubts that the President’s speech on Friday has pacified the public.

He noted that Aquino may have partially answered the needed questions, but not the big ones.

Arguelles, meanwhile, is calling for a “moral regeneration” in order to correct the issues affecting the political leadership.

Asked who should be the right one to lead the country, Arguelles said he or she should be likened to “King David” in the Bible, recalling the story in the Bible wherein God tasked prophet Samuel to look for the next king of Israel. Samuel then went to the house of Jesse, who presented his seven sons before him.

“Hindi si [Vice President Jejomar Binay], [Senator Chiz Escudero], [Senator Alan Cayetano] ang napili,” Arguelles said.

God later chose the other son who was then tending to a sheep at that time, King David, Arguelles said.