By Raïssa Robles
Things just got more interesting.
I just received word that the impeached former Chief Justice Renato Corona is now at Club Filipino “to demand the immediate resignation/removal of President (Benigno) Aquino for the mamasapano carnage and other urgent issues.”
UPDATE: Corona showed up in Lipa, Batangas instead of Club Filipino to join the event of the Naitonal Transformation Council (NTC). I wonder what the link is between the NTC and the Solidarity 4 Sovereignty which earlier announced Corona’s presence at its event in Club Filipino.
Here is the press release of the event:
Solidarity 4 Sovereignty (S4S), a broad multi-sectoral movement, will hold a press conference on Thursday (Feb. 26) 10 a.m. at Club Filipino in San Juan to demand the immediate resignation/removal of President Aquino for the Mamasapano carnage and other urgent issues.
Among the speakers are Atty. Ramon Pedrosa, Linda Montayre of S4S; Fr. Eliseo Mercado Jr.; (Ret) Col. Gene Mariano; Archbishop Oscar Cruz; Bishop Nicanor Yniguez; Former SC CJ Renato Corona; Butch Valdez of Save the Nation and Atty. Ben Paulino.
They will be joined by MP Paguio, Association of Student Council Presidents and several University Council Presidents who will issue a call for more people participation in the Feb. 27 student walk-out and Mendiola march.
Other speakers are Muslim leaders, Lumad leaders, retired PNP and AFP officers and SAF 44 kin.
S4S seeks to unite Filipinos against corruption and incompetence under the Aquino regime and to uphold national sovereignty.
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ABS-CBN’s online news channel abs-cbnnews.com asked me to attend yesterday’s book launching of ex-President Fidel Ramos’ former national security adviser Jose Almonte. I filed a news story on the launch entitled “FVR bares hurts on EDSA People Power anniversary.”
I am still writing the review of Almonte’s memoir.
After which I will make chismis about the launch itself.
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On Wednesday, the 29th anniversary of Edsa People Power, my analysis appeared in South China Morning Post entitled:
Opponents of Benigno Aquino hope for return of people power
On anniversary of 1986 movement, three groups are organising rallies against its heroine’s son
Raissa Robles in Manila
As the Philippines today commemorates the 29th anniversary of the first People Power revolution, efforts are under way to hold a similar peaceful uprising – this time to unseat the son of the 1986 movement’s heroine.
President Benigno Aquino, son of People Power icon Corazon Aquino, faces demands that he resign from three groups spanning the political spectrum. Members of these groups are staging week-long protests to demand the president step down over a disastrous commando operation on January 25 that killed a suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings but left 44 police dead.
Among the president’s opponents are his mother’s brother Jose Cojuangco and Cojuangco’s wife and former governor of Tarlac province, Margarita Cojuangco, who have formed a group called the February 22 coalition.
Last Sunday, the couple – who held posts in the previous administration of president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo – joined a motorcade to the People Power shrine on Manila’s Edsa highway and found it ringed by riot policemen.
“This is the only Aquino who’s afraid of People Power,” Margarita Cojuangco fumed about her nephew.
Earlier, the couple publicly demanded their nephew resign and give way to an “advisory council”. Margarita Cojuangco claimed Vice-President Jejomar Binay had already agreed that if Aquino resigned he would form such a council.
Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said that Jose Cojuangco and Binay had spoken but that the vice-president agreed to no such thing.
Also working for Aquino’s removal is the National Transformation Council (NTC) led by Cardinal Ricardo Vidal and seven bishops together with ex-president Arroyo’s defence chief Norberto Gonzales. The NTC has proposed a “caretaker government” to institute political and electoral reforms.
However, Archbishop Socrates Villages said his colleagues did not speak for all 131 bishops but were merely expressing their own views.
The radical left-wing Bayan Muna party is also staging protests near the presidential palace this Friday. Spokesman Teodoro Casino said they proposed replacing Aquino with a “people’s council for national unity, reforms and peace, basically a two-year interim government”.
You can read the rest of the article here.
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The Straits Times of Singapore has also picked up from my blog post on the efforts of President Aquino’s aunt and uncle to remove him from office. The Straits Times’ piece is entitled – Aquino’s relatives leading efforts to remove him.
You can view it here.