22 August 2005 | TruthForce! News and Features (TNF)
Two thousand people converged on August 21, 2005 at the People Power Monument in EDSA to express their rejection of "President" Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) and to support the call for genuine democracy in the Philippines. The attendees gave voice to the sentiment of a majority of Filipinos who believe that GMA cheated in the 2004 national presidential elections and is therefore a "bogus" President. The participants also supported the threefolding of Philippine society thru the creation of an autonomous and organized cultural force as a "third power" in addition to the state and market. This third power, sometimes controversially called "civil society" will have three tasks.