Friday, March 09, 2007

terrorism: EDSA 1 and EDSA 2

The Anti-terrorism Law a.k.a. “Human Security Act of 2007” has now clearly and loudly branded both EDSA 1 and EDSA 2 as terroristic acts. They are no longer the pride but the shame of this country. “People Power” that has become internationally known as extraordinary demonstration of the supremacy of the people, should now be denounced as blatant act of terrorism that had also its ignominious origin from the same country.

As already well known, this is the ominous definition of terrorism in the better named “Human Security Act of 2007”: according to this considered signal law in the Philippines, terrorism is an event that “causes widespread and extraordinary fear and panic to force the government to give in to an unlawful demand”. This notion of terrorism so very well fits EDSA 1 and EDSA 2.

Truth to say, in both EDSA 1 and EDSA 2: First, there was “extraordinary fear”. Second, there was extraordinary “panic” as well. Third, the then two governments that considered themselves as categorically lawful, gave in to what they both considered as a double “unlawful demand” that they had to leave Malacañang. The present government in particular considers itself very “lawful” as a matter of course.

What a truly strange coincidence—or was it fully deliberate—that some time before the national leadership actually signed the “Act” into law, it expressly and emphatically said that there could no longer be another “EDSA”. Now this pronouncement becomes fully understandable.

Woe to people if they even speak of “People Power”, much less stage another EDSA. They shall be slapped with the staging of terrorism, with the crime of rebellion. No. The present government is definitely not of the people, by the people, and for the people. Yes. It is of itself, by itself and for itself.

It cannot be said that the Filipinos are not duly informed, advised and intimated even. Theirs is simply the obligation to watch, look and stay still. It is taboo for them to act as one, to move as a people. As their present government tells them what they want and says what is good for them, the people should simply shut up and sit down.

It is now very dangerous for people to tell the truth, to seek justice, to ask for accountability of public leaders holding on to public offices which are public trusts. With “Human Security Act of 2007”, they now have their fair warning.

9 March 2007