Monthly Archives: January 2008

Satur tells bloggers: ‘People Power, a tool to change govt’s that’s still available to people’

People Power remains a tool for social change that is available to a people who want to institute changes in government, said Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo in a Bloggers Kapihan on Saturday at Kape Tasyo in Anonas, Quezon City.

In his sharing with bloggers, Ocampo stressed that “Filipinos are not frustrated over People Power 2, but with the dismal and disappointing regime that came to power.”

He said that the source of frustration is that “People Power 2 was a fight against corrupt and immoral governance, but we were given a worse government by the very persons who composed the new government.”

Ocampo said that the “if ever People Power resulted in bad governance, we cannot blame the

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people who took part in the uprising. It remains an alternative way of instituting change.”

“People Power as a concept is always relevant,” Ocampo said, adding that “It remains a mechanism for people to express their sentiments when institutional processes fail them.”

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Thanks to those who attended BK 3.0!

Thanks to our special guests, Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela SecGen Tinay Palabay.

Our utmost gratitude to Dohn Nalumen Jr. for letting us use Kape Tasyo as a venue! Visit Kape Tasyo at 2/F Anonas Commercial Complex, #3 ANonas St., Project 3, Quezon City. Contact numbers are 436-KAPE (5273) and 0916 5129761.

This is Vencer Liveblogging Bloggers’ Kapihan 3.0 @ Kape Tasyo

2:59 BK 3 is about to start. Rep. Satur Ocampo is being interviewed by ABS-CBN news crew. Among the people present: Mon Ramirez of photoblog, Cristina Palabay of Gabriela, Gani Tapang of AGHAM, Mao Hermintanyo of Yehey, Suyin of Yinsu.

3:08 Tonyo opens BK 3.0. Introduces Bloggers Kapihan and relevance of BK3 event. Introduces speakers, Ka Satur on Bayan Muna, Cristina Palabay of Gabriela – also National President of National Union of Students of the Philippines during EDSA 2.

3:11 Ka Satur starts his speech with Bayan Muna’s analysis of what happened in EDSA last Jan 17-20.

Ang batayan ng PP2 ay ang pagkondena ng graft and corruption noon ng gubyerno ni Estrada…

Kung masama ang naging bungang gubyerno, hindi ito dapat isisi sa PP2. Ito ay isang popular mechanism na dapat available sa tao. Alternative na dapat buhay…

Ang people power 2, hindi ispontanyo lang na pag-iipon ng mga tao. Me puhunan iyun.


Hindi mali, hindi nawawalan ng kabuluhan ang People Power bilang isang mekanismo na nag-eexpress ng sentimyento ng mamayan kapag ang institutional processes ay hindi na availabale sa karaniwang tao.

Satur tells of how he personally met Arroyo. Arroyo promised cooperation with Bayan Muna in the struggle against Estrada, explains her stand on issues. However, this was not enough to convince BM to endorse Arroyo to replace Erap. In fact, BM was not in EDSA when Arroyo was sworn in office.

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Vloglet #1: Remembering Edsa Dos

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Ang Aking Kuwentong People Power 2

Ederic Eder, ederic@cyberspace
January 19, 2008

Kasama ako sa EDSA2!Para sa Blog Action Week ng Bloggers’ Kapihan, narito ang aking ambag. Pinaiksi at inayos na bersyon ito ng “Liham ng Tagumpay” na unang nalathala sa Mga Kuwentong People Power 2 section ng

Enero 16, 2001, Martes

Galing ako sa isang meeting sa Makati noong gabing nagsimula ang EDSA People Power 2. Nasa meeting pa lang ako ay nagsimula nang magdatingan ang text messages tungkol sa labing-isang pangit. May magmumura — akala ko nga galit sa akin yung officemate ko na naunang nag-text–may nanggagalaiti, at kung anu-ano pa. Yung isang natanggap ko: “Remember the names of these senators; they betrayed the Filipino people: [name of the ugly senators].” That time medyo alumpihit na ako but since nasa meeting nga, wala akong magawa.

Later, nagtawag ako at nakibalita. Pero basically, naintindihan ko na na yun nga, hindi pinabuksan ang second envelope. Samantala, tuluy-tuloy ang mga text sa aking cellphone. Noise barrage raw ng 11pm at rally kinabukasan sa Senate. 11pm na, nasa bus pa ako; medyo nag-umpisa nang magkaingay ang mga sasakyan sa labas. Ako, gusto kong magwala sa loob pero siyempre nakakahiya kung para akong baliw na magsisigaw nang bigla. Nagtaka lang ako dahil kahit lagpas ng 11, tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang mga busina. Kahit magtu-twelve na ay may bumubusina pa.

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Text power and People Power

Tonyo Cruz,
January 18, 2008

In commemoration of People Power 2, I am posting here a copy of my contribution to a still-unpublished youth compendium of articles on the event.

I wrote this piece way back in 2002 (or 2003?). It deals with the use of technology in Edsa 2 and succeeding events.

Forward the message, answer the call for change

By Anthony Ian “Tonyo” M. Cruz

Much has been said about the role of texting and the People Power 2 uprising. Some quarters have even gone to the extent of calling it a “texters’ revolt.” They cast aside People Power 2 as nothing but “mob rule” that was helped in a big way by texting and a flowering of websites and mailing lists which were all directed against one common enemy called Erap.

However, they are right only on one point: That the most vocal, most determined and most organized participants in the uprising were armed with cellphones and sent out a heretofore unimaginable number of text messages for about three days.

These critics of People Power 2 were wrong everywhere else.

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EDSA Dos: Remembered & Reflected Upon

Shari Cruz,
January 18, 2007

Beterano ako ng EDSA2!Here’s an entry dedicated to commemorate People Power 2,

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in support of the Blog Action Week spearheaded by Bloggers’ Kapihan.

I was a freshman student at Quezon City Science High School (map) back then. I wasn’t politically inclined (stop grinning, I wasn’t as obsessed in politics when I was a youngster as you think I was!), but I did like to watch the news and make side comments about the politicians. I mean, who didn’t? Politics was so much of a grand circus that I had come to like it enough to talk about it!

No one in my family remembers the things that happened the night we went to EDSA to participate in the uprising. Whenever I ask my mom, who, by the way, used to be a militant herself during her college days, she’d tell me she’s forgotten the date. My dad probably has no recollection whatsoever of what transpired that fateful night.

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EDSA DOS: Remembering My Own Battle

Bleue, Color me Bleue
January 17, 2007

The whole world already knows the chronology of events that led to the Filipino people uprising seven years ago. From the accusations of Senator Teofisto Guingona, the transmittal of the impeachment complaint from the House of the Representatives to the Senate led by Speaker Manuel Villar, the historic roles of the Senators then who acted as trial judges, the dramatic display of emotions of Senator Loren Legarda and unforgettable bop of Senator Tessia Aquino-Oreta that made her an instant “Dance Diva” when the Impeachment Court said “NO” for the opening of the envelope, the spontaneous build-up of people in EDSA, and all the who, what and when of People Power 2. But there are stories that were not written in the history and facts that were not known to the world. My story is one of those.

This is actually a response to the call of Bloggers Kapihan in reminiscing EDSA People Power 2.

Seven years ago, I went to EDSA. I went there alone with my personal fight, my very own battle.

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Seven years

Mong Palatino, Mongster’s Nest
January 17, 2008

Many people wanted President Cory Aquino to stand for re-election but she has chosen to step down after six years in power. President Fidel Ramos wanted to extend his term but failed to amend the Constitution on time. President Joseph Estrada “dropped out” after three years of partying in Malacanang. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can boast to her predecessors that she has managed to stay in power for seven years already.

The framers of the 1987 Constitution wanted to prevent overstaying presidents of the republic. They hoped that an authoritarian leader like President Ferdinand Marcos will be the last in the country’s history. They decided that a president should only rule for six years and he/she is barred from seeking re-election.

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Always But Never There

January 17, 2008


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a good part of my life, at least for a few minutes almost every day, I am at EDSA. But talk about EDSA in another breadth and I can tell you I was never there.

I’m old enough to have witnessed the 3 EDSA events unfold.

EDSA for me will always be the 1986 People Power Movement. I was a high school senior then who considered the coup a breather from classes. The country stood still then. People stopped working and went to EDSA. My family stayed home but prepared food for heroes. Although they had to wake me up from slumber when Marcos left, I felt proud of what happened in the country. For a while there, my favorite song was Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo.

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