The sound of a dying presidency

More than 500,000 folks have visited the TXTPower website since we first made available the scandalous Hello Garci ringtone.

Filipinos continue to have fun with the now 27 remixes of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s “a lapse of judgment”, a grossly inaccurate term she has used to describe no less than 16 calls she made to Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garcillano while the nation was awaiting the results of the counting of votes in the 2004 elections.

A few days ago, a new ringtone dubbed “I’m sorry” made its way to us and consequently to our website. This time, the “I’m sorry” comes from Mrs. Arroyo’s pseudo-apology and was set to the tune of the melodramatic song “Tuliro”.

The “Hello Garci” and “I’m sorry” ringtones are fast becoming the sound of a dying bogus presidency.

Because inasmuch as Mrs. Arroyo would like to capitalize on her own apology to worm herself out of the terrible mess she is in, the situation today is one of uncertainty and certainty. Mrs. Arroyo’s stay in power is now uncertain. Her resignation or forcible removal from power, a certainty.

She let 22 days pass since her own spokesperson broke the news about the Hello Garci tapes, gave out such copies to the media and the public and made innumerable lies to cover up her voice and her crime. Her apology last week as truly incomplete, belated and unacceptable.

The opposition has called for her resignation. So has three Catholic bishops who have long criticized her for selling out the economy to foreign interests (a friendly term for imperialism). The progressive mass movement has upped the ante of protests. A cabinet member said to be a tax evader has quit and so did Arroyo’s former nationl security adviser-turned-congressman. In Congress, the Hello Garci tapes have been played during official proceedings. Several big protests have been mounted. Anti-Arroyo jokes are proliferating. T-shirts poking fun at Arroyo and her husband are selling briskly. Cultural groups are having a field day composing and performing new protest songs.

On the same day she announced the exile of her husband, Ms. Susan Roces Poe stood up and spoke from the heart: Mrs. Arroyo must resign now. She has shamed the nation by stealing the presidency and disrespecting the memory of our forebears who fought for our right to be a free nation.

As of this time, more than a thousand are at the TXTPower website, downloading ringtones that are fast becoming the sound of the death knell for this blasted regime.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    I have never felt so strongly against any Philippine president until GMA. The blatant bribing she did in the last election that drained the national treasury and the grand-scale cheating that she masterminded with her cohorts during the campaign period until the counting of votes were so evil and beyond forgiveness. The other cheaters, Marcos and Ramos, disgusted me as well but not to the same extent as GMA disgusted me. I pity the Philippines for having GMA as President and her equally corrupt cabinet and cronies. The message from the people was clear when Cory ran against Marcos in 1986 and FPJ against GMA last year – that Filipinos would rather vote for an undeducated candidate or a political novice than elect a traditional politician. The small minority – those officials that get rich by stealing from the people and their relatives, the special interest/business groups who bribe politicians to get favors in return and the miserable poor that are easily bribed – these are the only people who would elect or re-elect traditional politicians into office. The great majority of the Filipinos are so fed up with the trapos and I really believe there is no hope with them running the government. The Philippines will be a lot better off with a President who will set a moral example, whose hands are not tied to fight corruption and someone who truly fears God, even without experience in governance. Our politicians have, without shame, accepted corruption to be the norm and right before our eyes we see them get richer by the day while ~70% of the people are starving. GMA, illegitimate as she is to be Philippine president, has elevated corruption to its highest level. What a shame!! If only a President could be elected who can truly fight corruption, so many things will fall into place and many ills and problems of our people will be solved. GMA was never right from the start and must go. For her replacement, I will personally campaign for a candidate whose conviction is to fight corruption in the government.

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