Peninsula Oust Move, Curfew, and Views

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Thursday, November 29, 2007 with 2 comments

On my way to work, the part of Ayala Avenue from EDSA to Paseo de Roxas is closed to traffic because of the standoff that happened earlier today at Manila Peninsula. I understand where the dissatisfaction of Trillanes is coming from. But I do not believe that staging another "call to arms for change" will do any good to the already problem-ridden political scene in the country.

Senator Antonio Trillanes, the leader of a failed coup, is led away by police following his arrest after the military stormed a luxury hotel he took over earlier in the day in Makati City, Manila November 29, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

Seeing Trillanes calling people on the streets to join their cause after walking out of the Oakwood Mutiny hearing wherein the now-senator rebel is one of the defendants, it felt a little off. I believe that the people they tried to goad on their way to Hotel Peninsula did not even understand what the situation was or the cause they were fighting for. I can't help to think of how convenient it was that the Magdalo soldiers had arm bands available as soon as their reason for this walk-out was voiced out. Somehow, the rat's nest that the Peninsula had become seemed all contrived. As always, the media was everywhere to cover and sensationalize.

A curfew has been imposed in NCR, Central Luzon, and Southern Tagalog because of this failed ouster move. This will take effect this midnight and will run until 5:00 a.m. Curfew violators that will be apprehended will be brought to a police station for "booking and processing." Already, human rights lawyers are saying this move by the administration is unconstitutional and citing Article 3, Section 6 of the Constitution, which says, “The right to travel cannot be impaired except as may be provided by law.” I, as well as some senators, share the same sentiment. Thankfully, night workers, like ourselves, are in the exemption list of this directive.

I'm not really the type that will march down the streets just so my voice will be heard. Call me a conservative, but I find writing my frustrations on paper almost always achieve the same effect, minus the bloodshed. I look up to people though who have in them the courage to do otherwise, be tear gassed, mauled, arrested, even killed all for the ideals that they hold with high regard. But I believe, as with everything, that there must be a certain limit, especially when lives of innocent people are placed in the line of danger.

A "calling" is indeed something that we need to heed, and that's the call for change not only on issues that the Philippines is figured in, but also a change within us. Let's just do away with the arms and aspire for that calling in a more constitutional and, most importantly, peaceful way.

Photo from Reuters.
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