November 6, 2005
In recent weeks, enemies of civil society, especially those from the decadent government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) have attacked some leaders of civil society as being too political. These enemies of civil society are not alone. Civil society leaders also increasingly hear their friends complaining that they are becoming too political. In expressing very clear and strong opinions about political developments, some civil society leaders are supposedly abandoning their civil society stance and entering directly into the realm of politics.
30 October 2005
We live in tragic times. Often we blame our troubled condition on others, on events outside ourselves, on failed institutions, on unjust societal structures. But the harsh reality is closer to home. We are hypocrites to ourselves. We do not act out from our deepest beliefs and convictions. We often betray our highest ideals and mock our principles through accommodation and rationalization.
October 21, 2005
In the past months Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) and her government have had harsh words for their detractors. She and her allies call those who are criticizing her and are asking her to step down, destabilizers, hypocrites, showoffs, self-serving, violators of law and order, among other similar pejorative labels. At the end of the day, however, these labels backfire because they perfectly describe the dark side of the GMA government.
2 October 2005
On July 7, 2005, ten key officials of the Arroyo government, including high-profile Cabinet members, gathered in the Hyatt Hotel and held a press conference. They announced their resignation from the government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA). They charged that GMA could no longer govern for the good of the country. She was too preoccupied with her own political survival and could not engage in strategic policy and program initiatives that would benefit the country. Because of GMA's addiction to the politics of patronage, the Hyatt 10, as they came to be called, asked GMA to resign.
Their action almost toppled the GMA government as other powerful institutions and individuals, including the Liberal Party, the Makati Business Club, and former President Corazon Aquino, followed suit in asking GMA to resign barely a few hours after the press conference of the Hyatt 10. They promised to reveal more information about the shady dealings of the GMA government at the proper time and in the proper forum. Almost three months has passed since and these former government officials have not revealed much about what they personally know of the inner corrupt workings of the GMA government. Are the Hyatt 10 still relevant?
22 September 2005
The Bukluran para sa Katotohanan rally of around 7000 protestors September 21 in Makati was barely half the size of its first mobilization on 06 September 2005 against would-be dictator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) and her allies in Congress. There may be a number of factors contributing to the relatively small turnout. But the biggest factor is clearly internal – the lack of moral integrity in some of the organizers of the protest.