Rage against corruption
and deceit! Advance the new people power!
The beleaguered Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo regime continues to tremble with the outpouring
of support for the truth icon Jun Lozada. Collective actions held
on a nationwide scale from Manila to provincial centers and key
cities are all clamoring for KATOTOHANAN AT PAGBABAGO!
Amidst the political turmoil, some sectors remain
skeptical on People Power and the post-Arroyo scenario. Are we really
suffering from People Power fatigue and will the replacement of
GMA heeds the Filipino people's clamor for change? Is this the message
that those in power projects to dampen the growing people's fervor
The necessity of people power stems from the worsening
social crisis and the reality that the GMA regime will cling to
power at all costs. GMA has totally avoided any accountability not
only on the issue of corruption but also to the issues of extrajudicial
killings, political repression, unjust economic impositions, puppetry
and widespread poverty among others. We have seen the brazenness
of this regime on how it silenced, persecuted and harassed government
critiques. We even witnessed this brazenness in the abduction of
Simply put, this regime will not fold on its own.
It shall take the people's collective action to get rid of this
repressive and corrupt regime.
As an alternative, we are proposing for a caretaker
council, which will be composed of the following: the Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court, Senate President, Speaker of the House and
Vice-President. The caretaker council will prepare for a snap election.
We believe that the people should define through a clean and credible
snap election the replacement of GMA.
However, we should ensure that the People Power
should not be limited to the removal of GMA. The new People Power
should guarantee the people's active participation in governance
through the collective supervision of government. It should put
in place mechanisms for people's participation in different democratic
councils/committees where it shall act on legitimate demands. It
must institutionalize respected watchdogs and monitoring groups
in order to guard government officials from graft and corruption
and other bureaucratic evils. While this may not mean absolute change
due to the systemic problem of corruption, it would pave the way
for an improved system of transparency and accountability.
People Power therefore must evolve. It should not be personality-centered
but people-centered. Whoever replaces GMA should bear in mind the
people's clamor for good and responsive governance. On the other
hand, the people should not waiver in the advocacy for change after
GMA's removal - our role is to remain vigilant and protect the gains
of people power.
We cannot allow apathy to triumph alongside with
the other evils of bureaucracy. We have to continue to fight these
bureaucratic evils towards the ouster of the corrupt and fascist
GMA regime. With the worsening political and economic crisis, People
Power is the most powerful alternative for the Filipino people.
Let us live out what history taught us, that People
Power or people's collective action is the highest form of people's
participation in governance. Our fate as a people is in our hands.
Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Reference: Ms. Chie Galvez, Secretary General