[...] he proposed that Filipinos mount a citizens' movement calling for the resignation of the justices.
"My preference is a citizens' movement to push these people to resign. I hope there will be a petition drive to get them to resign voluntarily. That's my strong suggestion. I hope you can get a critical mass to support it,'' he said.
Bello preferred civil society people to lead the movement since they're non-partisan to politicians like himself, but said he would lead "if it's necessary to jump-start it.''
Whatever you say "professor".
Fiesta Revolution na-naman folks!
It is the spice of Pinoy political life -- the sorts of things that divert vacuous minds from the important things.
Same call, different names. I recall with fondness back in 2005 when I wrote about the death of Filipino-style "people power". Check out this excerpt...
In a country peppered by souls still heady and giddy about Fiesta Revolutions of past, the rallying cry in response to an impeachment bid against President Gloria Arroyo that catastrophically failed to pass Congress on 06 Sep 2005 was once again -- you guessed it -- FIESTA REVOLUTION!
Doesn't this ring quite familiar in the context of Bello's quaint call?
Of course it does. The Philippines, is after all, a society renowned for its collective lack of imagination. So it is hardly surprising that the same hollow-headed pitches remain resonant in the same hollow heads. Unfortunately, Professor Bello, Filipinos ain't the lesson learning types.
Interestingly the last "people power" attempt was a complete flop. This factoid is quite interesting because that last one was led by no other than Ms Edsa Revolution herself, the late former President Cory Aquino...
Led by no less than Madame Ex-President, former Time Woman of the Year, and Ms 1986 "Revolution" herself -- Ms Corazon Aquino, what may now be billed Edsa IV (or Commonwealth Avenue I, as the case may be), promised to be another spectacle of sorts. This time there was no particular heir-to-the-throne around which the fete was organised. If it succeeded in its bid to amass enough warm bodies in the streets to make a statement, it would have marked a new low in the practice of a concept that Filipinos fancy themselves to have invented back in 1986. If it had failed, it will have further served to highlight the utter ridiculousness of how Filipinos conduct their affairs.
And failed miserably it did. Bursts of little street protests sporadically erupted in Manila's streets in the days following the House dismisal of the impeachment bid, but none even remotely approached the kind of numbers these would-be anarchists crowed in the days leading to Tueday. Each were in fact smaller in number than the equally ridiculous street gathering in Makati on 25 July.
...a rather comedic but sad outcome that prompted Belinda Olivares-Cunanan to write:
But more than this is the sorry move of former President Cory Aquino to lead the street protests because she and her followers cannot accept the House's 'closure' of the case, as this allegedly did not ferret out the 'truth.' As former President she ought to uphold the Constitution that was drafted under her rule. At the Batasan last Tuesday evening, a veteran of the Ninoy protest rallies came back to the session hall in near tears. She saw Ms Aquino walk out in the company of Sandra Cam, the confessed 'jueteng' illegal lottery bagwoman recruited by Sen. Panfilo Lacson to testify at the Senate jueteng hearings. Said this lady from the Visayas: 'Cory was our icon at Edsa. Now, she marches arm-in-arm with the relics of the Marcos era, the ultra rightists and the leftists who sought to 'rabble-rouse' the striking workers at Hacienda Luisita.' In a recent column, Star's Max Soliven also mourned Ms Aquino's call to her 'friends' in the military to join their protests.
Sayaw Pinoy, sayaw.