Calm Before the Storm

Posted on August 9, 2005 - 1:19pm :: Editorial
Nicanor Perlas 08 August 2005 The tempest around Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) seems to be calming down. Her negative ratings have slightly diminished. Two jueteng or illegal gambling witnesses have turned around, apologizing to GMA for linking her and her family to jueteng payoffs. The galloping efforts of her critics to remove her from the presidential palace have slowed to a "creeping impeachment." Congressmen may end up in five months of legal and political tug-of-war. They have 60 session days (not the same as calendar days) to determine whether the impeachment complaint has the numbers or the substance to go to the Senate for a final hearing on the case. These developments have prompted GMA's spin doctors to crow: "Nowhere to go but up". But they will be in for a rude awakening. We are in the middle of the eye of a social hurricane. We are experiencing the calm before the storm.