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Thursday, July 14, 2005


This morning Koko threw up… pretty worried at the moment as he might be sick again. He just had his first vaccination last Sunday; hopefully it has nothing to do with that. Yesterday it was Sakura who threw up; we think it was the liver food we prepared for her so we reverted back to their usual diet. We increased the pellets in their food though… I guess that’s what caused Koko to throw up today. I guess their digestion isn’t that good yet.

On the political “sickness” of things…

Yesterday the opposition had their biggest rally yet. Police estimate the crowd to be 40,000 at its peak; of course the opposition is claiming a bigger number. By the photos I have seen it does look big though I cannot speculate on the numbers. As expected the president just shrugged off the rally and her men gave a press conference (again!) stating that their boss is under control and will not resign – the exact word Mike Defensor used is ‘not ever’.

Everybody’s been saying that half of the crowd in the protest rally was paid. I believe the term they use is ‘PERALIYISTA’… if it’s true, at P100 each that’ll cost P2M for the opposition; a lot of money… but knowing the opposition, it’s possible. Noticeable also is the different reaction of people. Most Makati folks were annoyed as it makes commute harder for them; I even received a letter from someone ranting why the protests have to be in Ayala. I guess for most people life goes on, especially for us working here in Makati. I wouldn’t like to believe that the middle class is being apolitical. As survey shows, 71% of metro folks want the president out. I believe just as mlq3 wrote in his blog, the middle class would never rally with the Estradas and the Marcoses. And without a better choice and with the danger of having these people back in the government they wouldn’t go out in the streets. And without the middle class and the professional class going out to the streets this will be an arduous journey. Really the ending of this crisis is hard to predict.

I watched the program of Bangon Pilipinas prayer rally on Zoe TV yesterday. Particularly interesting is Pastor Ed’s message… though this view is not really that popular I’ll still spill it out here. He claims that it could be that God is punishing the Philippines… sounds like a doomsday prophecy huh!?! Well here are some points he raised:

Point 1: As some surveys are showing, it could be indeed that FPJ won the presidency last election but God took him from us. Effectively rendering us leaderless.

I am no FPJ fan, but come to think of it if FPJ was still alive this crisis might as well be over right now. Just imagine the masses that’ll converge in the street knowing that their idol was cheated. The problem that we have nobody to replace GMA won’t be the question anymore… as much as I wouldn’t want FPJ to be the president… it wouldn’t matter as the masses that loves him so much would have overtaken the events.

Point 2: For so long we have been called the only Christian nation in Asia… but now we’re the 2nd most corrupt nation in the world! Not only the government is at fault for this but all of us as a nation and as a body of believers.

Have we brought glory to God’s name?

Point 3: Nothing can save us now but God’s mercy.

If you have been following the events and just like me trying to make a guess of the next best move… you would come to the conclusion that we are at a stalemate. Most opinions think that we have yet to fathom how this ordeal is to end.

Of course after enumerating such points (more convincingly than I did in this blog), pastor Ed led the people in prayer – a prayer asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness… I too prayed with them (yes, while watching TV… better late than never). It might be conceived that the Bangon members are a bunch of doomsday cult and that I am one of them… sorry to disappoint, but these are sound minded people who have mountains of faith for their God. The same people who voted in the last election not half heartedly for lack of choice or for choosing a lesser evil, these are people who wants change – genuine change, people who is storming the gates of heaven with their prayers calling on the only one who could truly heal our nation. We could really use more of their kind.

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. -- 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 (NIV)


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