On the Manila Peninsula Incident
Based on the number of half-assed attempts we've had in recent years, it appears that no one in this country has the balls for a full-blown coup d'etat. The coups after Cory assumed power, now those were real coups.
I don't know what Trillanes was thinking. He's presumably an intelligent person. He's had distinguished career in the military and he holds an MA in Public Administration from UP. I guess he's just delusional. You'd have to be, to think that this ridiculous stunt would produce any kind of meaningful change.
Here's the thing about change: it doesn't happen overnight. You can't make motherhood statements about “moral recovery” and try to force a president to step down and expect everything to be all better the next day. Have we not yet learned that while marching to the streets may result in a change of leadership, it will not produce a change in our political culture?
If you've ever bribed a cop to get out of a traffic violation, if you've ever used your personal connections to bypass a legal process, you are just as bad as the trapos you abhor. This culture of corruption we decry is something we ourselves perpetuate. We condone it when it benefits us, we only complain about it when it doesn't. We have no moral ascendancy. We lack civic virtues.
People need to be the change they want to see in society. I was at EDSA II, and at the time I thought I was part of something great. I have since realized that people's energies and moral outrage are better spent elsewhere. Embracing one's social responsibility and finding ways (however small) to contribute to one's community are more concrete steps to achieve (incremental) change than civil disobedience and heated rhetoric.
The only thing Trillanes has accomplished is destroy private property and piss off a whole lot of people. But at least very few are buying into this exercise in stupidity, based on all the “WTF” calls and text messages the news stations have been receiving.
I commend the government for its swift and decisive action to end the “standoff.” PGMA, today I wished I still worked for you. I miss the way crisis management boosts the dopamine levels in my brain.
Are media practitioners in other countries as KSP as ours or does the Philippine media have an especially misplaced sense of entitlement? Okay, fine, I commend their dedication and bravery to bring us live news coverage of the event, but I won't applaud them for compromising a very precise military operation. They were told numerous times to get out of the way, for their own safety as well as for strategic reasons. They refused. Now they're complaining that they were handcuffed and carted off to prison. Especially amid the chaos and teargas, the military had no way of knowing who was a reporter and who was merely pretending to be one. They didn't know who was a cooperator; they didn't know who might have had a gun. Once the identities of the detainees have been verified, they will be released. If they didn't want to be hassled by such procedures, they should've left the scene when they were told.