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By dawn, it was clear that they had been betrayed. We planned the whole action mainly under two offices: His closest aides and the chief of his security, Sonny Razon, were members of our core group; they kept the general informed of meetings and developments. Marcos assured Ongpin that he would investigate the matter. Marcos offered the services of some of his security from the Presidential Security Command but Ongpin vigorously objected.

Rolando Abadilla tried to talk Honasan out of doing anything rash. As soon as Abadilla left, at about 10 a. They weighed what they had seen on their late-night drive and discussed their options, then decided to freeze operations for twenty-four hours. As he pored over some of the documents, two brief reports which came in at 7 A. The carpets were being shampooed and vacuumed, the shiny floors, made of rare Philippine hardwood, waxed and polished, and the huge chandeliers overhead, products of proud artisans from Guagua, Pampanga, dusted.

The marble floors were scrubbed till they shone like mirrors. Everywhere, the capiz windows were cleaned and then opened to admit fresh air. The entire Palace was left to bathe in natural sunlight. It was my aide, then Lt.

Jose Honrado, who told me of the rumors of a coup for the weekend, and who recommended that I stay in Manila. On the other hand, Cebu was for certain. I had announced several days before that I would be in Cebu that Saturday in pursuance of the non-violent movement I had launched in February 16 at the Luneta.

Thousands of people were expecting us who I imagined would be terribly disappointed and probably not as eager to give me their support if I did not come. Rex Robles was assigned to act as liaison with the diplomatic community and to tell the world their story in case the reformists were arrested. Another reformist sent an urgent signal to a US Embassy official to seek help. It might seem as if he was involved, or responsible. The Americans brought up the touchy subject of overstaying generals and insisted that Ver resign or retire.

Or we can regroup and take a stand and take our chances. If we regroup, the possibility of an encounter is very high.

But the possibility of a stand-off is not far-fetched. They assured him they could handle the situation in the camp. If I die, I might as well die here.

Business Day 28 Feb 86 Cory was receiving a warm welcome from the people of Cebu. In some intersections, crowds became so excited that they literally blocked the road, thus creating momentary bottlenecks in the traffic flow.

I had two important meetings scheduled that day. Lunch with Max Soliven at the house of Mrs. Betty Go Belmonte, and later in the afternoon, a dialogue with Cory supporters, mostly neighbors of mine who wanted to picket my house in Alabang. You will not get any answers. Ramos explained why he had not chosen to resign despite the humiliations heaped on him by Mr.

Marcos and rogue elements of his Philippine Constabulary who were involved in carnaps, murder, and other crimes. He was accosted and brought to the aides-de-camp room for questioning. His men were in the process of grilling four officers…plotters of a plan to storm the palace and oust Marcos. His illness demanded that. It was to his bedroom that the news of the Enrile-Ramos mutiny was brought.

Marcos is finished, and we ought to offer him asylum in the United States. If people realized that Enrile had been planning to stage a coup and then impose a junta, most of them certainly would not have been supportive. Enrile and his men had to cover their plans and portray themselves as victims.

That settled, Enrile went to his bedroom, changed into jeans and canvas shoes, and took an Uzi submachine gun out of the closet. I had been waiting for the right moment.

RAM recognized that while a significant number of officers and men were prepared to line up behind Enrile, his long political and personal association with Marcos had tainted him in the minds of many more.

Malaya 23 Feb 86 She expanded the list of firms and establishments she had asked the people to boycott. He was already inside the car when he ran back to her to give instructions: I was in the Inquirer office as usual, putting our Sunday edition to bed, when we got this call, about 2: Enrile asked to talk to me and she said Johnny was going to be arrested.

Will you call the Cardinal for us? And we did try to call the Cardinal, but we were not successful because I think the Cardinal was out in Ateneo for an ordination. She sounded very nervous, and as I am very fond of Cristina, I wanted to be with her at that moment. On my way out, I passed by the desk of Louie Beltran who was our editor then and I told him what was happening.

Of course nobody knew why Johnny was going to be arrested, everybody just knew he was going to be arrested. He then gave Cayetano instructions to call the press. Enrile began with troops.

They look as if they are ready for war…. Enrile is obviously nervous. He is the underdog. He must feel that the end is near.

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When I got to the Enriles, Cristina was just coming down with her staff. She was going out to a place where she was going to be safe. They were afraid that they would be taken hostage, something, or just to hide. At four, the Cory Crusaders came-a group of 20 women and 2 men. I have to think also of the welfare of the men under me. While the dialogue was going on, we received a call from the office of Minister Enrile. They called up maybe about 3 or 4 times to ask him to go to Camp Aguinaldo already.

Pedro Balbanero, the Military Police Brigade commander. Balbanero had under his custody the 19 persons led by Lt. Salvador Mison who was in Camp Aguinaldo. It was a long wedding. Vic Batac called around five and told me that the whole operation was compromised, so we were on Plan B, an alternate plan, which was to hold out in the camp and confront the Marcos forces. He told the Minister he knew of no order to arrest the Reformists. Just then, Balbanero saw Col. Ver and Imelda immediately excused themselves from the reception and rushed anxiously back to Malacanang.

A wedding had cost them the throne. The military fetched daughter Imee and husband Tommy Manotoc and their children from their home in Wack Wack, Mandaluyong; and daughter Irene, husband Greggy Araneta, and their children from their home in Forbes Park, Makati.

Came son Bongbong Ferdinand Jr. The First Lady attempted a facade of calm, but she was obviously fidgety. When the Cory activists had left and he and Alex were about to leave, I asked if they would be home for dinner. He was very calm, like nothing alarming was going on.

It was at Camp Aguinaldo, with Minister Enrile, where I wanted to announce my decision to our people and to the world. Balbanero tried to reach Enrile by phone. After thirty minutes he gave up. He and Abadilla rushed back to Camp Aguinaldo. Newsmen were kept out. They were specific about wanting Veritas. They had a VHF radio and a cassette recorder.

I74 There was already a big crowd around Enrile and Ramos, waiting for the press conference to begin. Pedro Balbanero and Col. Rolando Abadilla told Enrile that Marcos wanted to talk with him. Enrile firmly brushed aside the idea. When we went to church we were already told that General Ramos and Minister Enrile had joined together and were in the office in Camp Aguinaldo. So immediately after mass we went straight there and true enough all the press people were there, and all those people who were very close to them like Secretary Jose Almonte, and their closest aides like Greg Honasan and Sonny Razon.

We were so nervous. Eventually, Enrile agreed to speak with Gen. He asked Ver not to initiate any attack against the camps that night. Ver asked Enrile not to attack the Palace. The two called a truce of sorts. Sun Inq Mag 9 Mar Balbanero notified unit commanders of both sides about the modus vivendi by wire.

The situation was still very fluid and nebulous; nothing was clear. For our part, we needed time to organize, we needed time to mobilize and deploy our forces. Behind them huddled about a dozen soldiers, some in full battle regalia. Outside, at the gates of the Ministry, heavily armed guards and tanks stood at the ready. When the two men began to speak, the reason for the precautions became startlingly clear, for they proclaimed open rebellion, Philippine style, against the twenty-year regime of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Fidel Ramos crossed their bridges, so to speak, and began the revolt against Ferdinand Marcos. The fact is, there is a report that we are going to be arrested. We are here to take a stand. If anyone of us will be killed, I think…all of us must be killed.

We do not consider President Marcos as now being a duly constituted authority. I cannot in my conscience recognize the President as the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and I am appealing to the other members of the Cabinet to heed the will of the people expressed during the last elections. Because in my own region, I know that we cheated in the elections to the extent ofvotes. Aquino even if she is installed as a president. I am not even acting Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces.

I think that when he made that announcement to you and to the whole world last Sunday, he was just fooling us, and he was fooling the entire world because he flip-flopped so many times already. Malaya 23 Feb 86 Cory Aquino: It was Bel Cunanan — she was also in Cebu — who told us about it.

When I was first heard the news, I was saying, is this for real? I was very skeptical. So I called up some people here in Manila to find out more about it. Ramos-or their rejection of President Marcos? In any event, the battle is joined. Inquirer 24 Feb Alex Sembrano: There in the Social Hall, while the general and the minister were talking to the journalists, we were talking among ourselves.

It was the first time we were hearing all those things-that there was massive cheating in Cagayan, that they borrowed firearms from Ali Dimaporo, mga ganoon! Our plans were all wrecked! What a way to go! Now, here are the cameras. Are we ready to face them? If we lost, it would be evidence against us. So some of us were staying away.

In the midst of military salutes, Napoleonic posturings, flashing cameras, and interminable press conferences, ex-Secretary Anding Roces was overheard to remark with wonder and amusement: For years they had nothing better to do than to march in loyalty parades and bang the heads of civilians who could not fight back. Now they ask these same civilians to keep their asses from being blown off. Reporters were told that he was resting but he was probably awake because Ver and his son Irwin and Information Minister Gregorio Cendana came and went.

Eriberto Varona, secretary of the General Staff; and Col. They talked about military moves against the Enrile-Ramos group. There was not even a situation map in the place. Ver notified all military units nationwide that he was still Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces. Prospero Olivas was waiting for Ramos when he was stricken ill.

The doctors ordered him taken to nearby Camp Panopio for treatment. After the presscon, General Ramos and Minister Enrile met to review the situation. General Ramos decided to go back to Crame because he was the PC Chief, his staff was there, his communications set-up was there.

The division of powers between Minister Enrile and myself was clear. He would take care of the political and diplomatic affairs, I would command the military operation. That same evening we crossed to Camp Crame.

Minister Enrile stayed in Camp Aguinaldo, and we had people power on both sides. The first thing that entered my mind was to make my daughter Rachel go home to fetch the Our Lady of Fatima. So the one you saw, the Fatima, the very first one,belongs to my mother; she got it when she went to Europe.

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And everybody started bringing their saints already. Prospero Olivas, in Camp Panopio. Veritas Special Oct 86 Ramos: Olive, you know the score. We are counting on you. Olivas was the first regional commander I called and he gave me his support and that of the PC-INP units under his command.

Olivas had to do some play-acting in order not to reveal his hand. He had to play the tightrope because, the Metrocom being right here in the capital, he was also getting instructions from President Marcos and General Ver. Lights flooded the Palace grounds while carpenters kept their feverish pace.

Instead of barong Pilipino, they were wearing gray bush jackets.

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One of the placards read: And only the ever-dependable radio waves, which travelmiles per second, could do the trick. Business Day 21 Mar Fidel Ramos: So it was a very good thing that we had a small component of the radio broadcasting industry supporting us at the time; first Radio Veritas, and later the guerrilla Radyo Bandido.

They asked if my husband wanted people in Aguinaldo. Two meetings of Cory supporters were going on in Alabang. One in Benedictine Abbey, another at the commercial center.

The first group, upon hearing the call to EDSA, decided to go right away. But first we wanted to reach Cardinal Sin. I remember Bishop Baccani and Triccie running towards the phonebooth sa guardhouse to call up the Cardinal. We want people in EDSA. So the Bishop called the Cardinal again. Ramos, give them food if you like, they are our friends. The news was that the opposition leaders were going to be picked up, martial law was going to be declared. Over the radio they heard the replay of the Ramos-Enrile press conference.

At hearing the appeal of General Ramos and Minister Enrile, Butz concluded that the situation was serious. He continued listening, and eating. Palace and military sources say that there is such a plan for this evening. The plan is to arrest four Cabinet Ministers and close down three newspapers: Veritas, Malaya, and Inquirer. He asked a friend, Rick Santos, to get on the phone to Veritas, introduce himself as a concerned citizen, and appeal for a big crowd to go to Camp Aguinaldo.

Santos phoned Frankie Batacan, who was anchoring the show, and the appeal was made. MP Palma immediately made a call to Radio Veritas and was one of the first opposition leaders to express support for the revolution.

Butz disagreed with the majority decision to wait and see rather than go all out in support of Ramos and Enrile. What are your plans? And I was told that the Cardinal also had voiced an appeal. Sotelo said yes, he would support the defection. He summoned his squadron commanders, briefed them on the situation, and instructed them to fuel and arm all five attack helicopters in Villlamor others were deployed in Zamboanga, Lucena, Echague, and Baguio.

Business Day 12 Mar Ming Ramos: Half an hour later, Eddie called back and said maybe we should also have people power here in Alabang. Stay put in the house and gather people power around you.

This is all a people-power play and it is important that we maintain the moral ascendancy of the people. No other radio station brodcast the first break or the press conference. Mejia was told that President Marcos had decided to neutralize the radio station transmitter in Dakila, Malolos. Asiaweek 9 Mar Their dialogue was brief; they both knew the phone was tapped. He warned her that her life was in danger. So take the necessary precautions. I asked him how he was and he said they were holding out.

I said, well, all I can offer you for this moment are my prayers. And he said, we certainly need your prayers. Ramon Mitra asked him if he had any suggestions. Consul Porter said he would consult Manila.

I was staying in the Quisumbing residence in Cebu. They were saying it was imperative that I go someplace where I would be safe. Monching mentioned a U. I already knew where I wanted to go. Rodolfo Biazon, to protect Aquino with his brigade. Evacuees swelled tofamilies, who were resettled in Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac and Metro Manila. Respiratory ailments, diarrhea and measles also became widespread among evacuees, particularly children.

A government post-assessment of the damage showed the startling cost of the cataclysm: Damage to agriculture, infrastructure and personal property totalled at least P Region III lost a total of P million in business inwith manufacturing as the most affected sector.

The Pinatubo eruption was its last major challenge. To consolidate government and private sector response to the disaster, Aquino signed Memorandum Order on June 26, creating Task Force Mount Pinatubo.

The government response harnessed bayanihan as its rehabilitation, reconstruction and development strategy. It formed Kabisig programs, participated in by various local and foreign aid agencies both from the government and private sectors. The Kabisig programs created alternative livelihood, built new communities, distributed aid and took care of affected families.

The success of the Kabisig programs proved that the Cory Aquino administration was up to the challenge. Indeed, with a nation working hand-in-hand in the face of disaster, a nation can endure and triumph over even a monstrous hail of ash and stone. Today, there are barely any signs of the cataclysm that rocked Central Luzon.

In the wake of the destruction, it left the region with an abundance of mineral resources that is now a major source of livelihood. The Gospel says that when he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He also gave a minute speech to somecheering students and academicians gathered at UST Grandstand and Parade Grounds. Even the Pope could not get through the surging mass in his Popemobile.

He had to be transported to the Quirino Grandstand in the presidential helicopter. He was visibly moved by the sight of the huge turnout. It was a dramatic climax to his triumphant five-day visit and confirmed his view that the future of the Catholic Church lies in Asia. This is a wonderful outpouring of faith, love, fervor, and the Pope is very pleased. It also dwarfed the million or so who faced down tanks and guns in the February uprising that toppled the strongman Ferdinand Marcos from power.

And the two million who rallied behind Cory Aquino at the Luneta after the snap elections. The throng grew swiftly as more and more people arrived early yesterday morning. Among those who came for the Mass were delegations from the provinces, some coming from as far north as Vigan. Navarro-Valls added that the turnout was estimated at five million. They waved copies of his photograph and raised rosaries and images of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother for his blessing.

The President arrived at the grandstand on board the same helicopter at exactly 9 a. The three-and-a-half-hour Mass, earlier set at 8: After mounting the podium, the Pope stared out at the pennant-waving throng which stretched as far as he could see.

His face was almost devoid of expression, and his lips quivered as if he were talking to himself. But he seemed to respond to the warmth of the crowd as the Mass continued. At the end of the Mass, the multilingual Pope delivered special farewell messages in 13 languages, including Filipino. He was brought back by the same helicopter to Malacanang Park, where he boarded the Popemobile for the trip to the San Carlos Seminary in Makati.

But always remember that you owe your life and upbringing to your parents. Young people from all over the world, including a black youth clad in a g-string, presented offerings at the Mass. A young man from the Netherlands read the manifesto of the International Youth Forum. Hundreds of cardinals, bishops and priests also served as concelebrants. More than children aged seven and below were reported missing while thousands suffering from intense heat and cold collapsed in the mass camp-out at the Nunciature and Rizal Park from Saturday night to Sunday morning.

The complaints involved dizziness, asthma, allergies and headaches, said Dr. She has since been discharged. Although the Pope looked very tired and lost in thought as he arrived for a Sunday evening meeting with Asian bishops, aides said his Manila reception was just what he needed to help get through the loss of his former active lifestyle. In his farewell speech before some 10, people at the old Manila International Airport, the Pontiff said: Among the achievements Ramos touted in his speech was the economic growth the country experienced inas proven by the 7.

This headline is crucial because that pronouncement would be turned upside down a few months later. By July of that year, the Asian financial crisis would affect the Philippines, raising interest rates, sending the peso plummeting from P It was a lesson on cautious optimism that we can use today, given our own economic achievements in recent years. It was Friday, June 12,a public holiday.

Thousands of spectators flocked to Rizal Park awaiting the start of festivities for the Philippine Centennial Year celebrations. They came by the busloads — couples, families, friends, even whole villages — donning caps, holding umbrellas and wearing Filipiniana attire amid the morning heat.

It was a field day for many, and the beginning of a long weekend. They laid mats and cardboard on the grass, brought out packed lunch in Tupperware and exchanged small talk. For some, the park became an instant classroom for parents to give impromptu lectures to their children on Philippine history, culture and tradition. One float featured a life-size caravel, which showed the arrival of the Spanish colonizers in led by explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

The year Spanish colonial rule was portrayed in the succeeding floats. At the apex of the parade, a two-story replica of the Aguinaldo Mansion slowly made its way along the parade grounds. With a solemn expression, Revilla held the flag from a long pole as he stood along with two other actors, Dante Rivero and Juan Rodrigo, who read the Declaration of Independence.

When the declaration was read, he slowly waved the flag to the cheers of spectators wearing farmer costumes. He then went downstairs, walked out of the mansion with the flag, and went up the stage to the awe of government dignitaries. As the drums rolled, Revilla handed the flag to Ramos, who then raised it with one hand before planting it on a stand at the stage. Ramos had reenacted the same event from the balcony of the Aguinaldo Mansion in Kawit, Cavite, earlier that day.

In his speech during the celebrations, Ramos addressed the crowd. We are prepared to account for ourselves in the global community. We have begun to make our own history. The evening was capped by a minute fireworks display at Manila Bay — the largest and longest the country has seen — in the colors of the republic: Two years and four month after the country celebrated its centennial; on November 13, the House of Representatives impeached President Estrada for the first time.

When the Senate failed to convict the impeached president, he was toppled through yet another show of mass protests at EDSA. The nation put into power its second woman president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whose term was marred by three coup attempts and allegations of corruption and electoral sabotage. The million-strong people power at the EDSA Shrine inand the subsequent pro-Estrada riots that happened in May of the same year, bypassed legal and democratic means of regime change such as impeachment and elections.

It could be argued that the Senate was dominated by Estrada allies and, therefore, could not be relied upon to give an objective guilty verdict, hence the need for another people power. Democratic institutions like the Office of the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan later tried and found Macapagal-Arroyo guilty of plunder on September 12, But if the second EDSA Revolution had failed to take place, we would not have placed another despot in power in the form of Pascual.

Arroyo was so cunning and skillful in political maneuvering that she deflected any attempt against her administration like a Teflon pan.

And that is where the danger of a tyrannical majority lies. It is tyranny when a majority puts in place an autocrat and legitimizes its decadence, corruption and tampering of democratic institutions by doing nothing against it. It is tyranny when an overbearing majority thinks of itself as above an enlightened, critical minority. It is tyranny when a majority stifles democratic freedoms of expression, opinion and assembly by branding it as counterproductive and anti-nationalist.

And it found justification in the fact that Filipinos no longer had other legal recourses to depose a dictator, such as impeachment or election, because Marcos had corrupted every democratic institution in the country and tampered with democratic processes for regime change.

Such as in Escalante, Negros Occidental in where townsfolk protested against the lack of genuine agrarian reform. The peaceful uprising in EDSA was just the culmination of a two-decade people power revolution that began during the First Quarter Storm of The concept of a tyrannical majority is crucial because it undermines the true spirit of people power. When the majority revolts to advance its interests and undermine the minority, it is not people power.

When the majority elects candidates to public office without regard for their blatant corrupt practices — that is not people power. When a majority votes on the basis of popularity, histrionics, mass appeal, public image, saber rattling, fear mongering, emotional appeal, regionalism and without regard to the factuality and feasibility of their grandiose yet illusory platforms — that is not people power.

This is argumentum ad populum, as the majority has no monopoly of political correctness. The minority may be critical — in fact, we should all be — but it is because they too have valid points to argue on what will make this nation progress. And yet, the majority censors critical and independent thinkers just because they are a minority. Societies can make mistakes collectively, just as in Nazi Germany and in America during racial segregation. The voice of the people is not always the voice of God.

For 17 years, the two had been working in the Philippines as members of the New Tribes Mission, a Christian evangelical group. They had a pleasant life of spreading Christianity and raising their three children, all of whom were born in the Philippines — until the Islamist terrorist group Abu Sayyaf kidnapped them on May 27, During the early hours of that day, armed men woke up the couple and, at gunpoint, forced them and other hotel guests and staff into two waiting boats.

Another American, Guillermo Sobero, was also taken captive. The terrorists abducted a total of 20 people, mostly, Filipino-Chinese tourists. The hostages were brought to Basilan Island in Mindanao, more than kms. The group had already kidnapped another group of tourists in Sipadan Island, Malaysia, as well as a number of local and foreign journalists in the previous year.

Upon arrival at Lamitan town in Basilan, the Abu Sayyaf took a church and a hospital hostage. The Burnhams and the other hostages from Palawan were joined by 20 more people, mostly doctors and nurses from the Dr. Jose Torres Memorial Hospital and parishioners at the St.

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It began with 2, costumed school children from different public educational institutions singing in unison the Eat Bulaga! Then came a flashback of the various events that coincided with the birth of the program: The succeeding segments proved to be an emotional walk down memory lane as the show paid tribute to the men and women who lent face to this noontime treat through those 25 years: Most touching was the in memoriam portion in honor of two ladies who had moved on to a more fun place than the stage of Eat Bulaga!: Rio Diaz, an official Eat, Bulaga!

Also once part of Student Canteen, where she quit her former show under not very pleasant circumstances, she was later given an Eat Bulaga! But Helen always made herself available to take over hosting chores from any Eat, Bulaga!

The concept and execution hit the right formula because the segment, which could have been morbid, blended harmoniously with the rest of the show that overflowed with so much joy and energy comparable to excitement everyone displayed when we welcomed the new millennium.

The other showstoppers were mostly the numbers that traced all the dance hits that became part of the daily contests in Eat Bulaga! Later in the special, Jopay Paguia and the Sexbomb Dancers whipped up a storm of a performance when they were joined — via VTR — by the now-New York-based Gracia in a terpsichorean showdown that went back to the days when the dance hit was Manila Girl and went all the way to the then still sizzling hot Spaghetti.

An interesting trivia was the Arnold Clavio segment with puppet Arn-Arnwherein the award-winning broadcaster revealed that inhe joined along with his gang an Eat Bulaga!

They lost in that one. Undeterred by their defeat, Arnold returned to audition for the Footloose dance contest, but was booted out as early as the audition round. And then there was a throwback to the different periods when Eat Bulaga!

Pogi that gave us Jericho Rosales. At the finale, the special ended literally with a bang as a series of fireworks enveloped the skies above the venue site. With a weary look on her face, she began her four-minute speech. For the last several weeks, the issue of the tape recordings has spun out of control.

Tonight, I want to set the record straight. My intent was not to influence the outcome of the election, and it did not. As I mentioned, the election has already been decided and the votes counted. And as you remember, the outcome had been predicted by every major public opinion poll, and adjudged free, fair and decisive by international election observers, and our own Namfrel.

I recognize that making any such call was a lapse in judgment. I also regret taking so long to speak before you on this matter. The official was believed to be former commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, who denied being the man in the recording.

The president too denied being the woman in the recording. Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye even dubbed the recordings as maliciously edited as part of an opposition plot to oust the president. But as it went viral and as calls for her resignation gained traction, Arroyo had no choice but to come clean and shed light on the issue; hence, the speech.

She has made a strong beginning and I hope she will continue in the direction of better and more responsive governance. On July 1, various protest actions were held in Manila, Makati and other parts of the country. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Billed as Eat, Bulaga! Middle of this year, however, GMA 7 management, a consistent winner of local and international awards, encouraged the independent television production company TAPE Inc.

GMA 7 brought home several trophies in the past from the Asian Television Awards and was hoping to win some more this year. The network eventually snagged about half a dozen awards, including Terrestrial Channel of the Year, which is the top plum. Silver Special in this international awards competition?

This year alone, there were more than 1, entries from the different TV stations all over Asia. Tasked to trim down the entries and select the final winners via secret balloting was a panel of judges — actually TV industry professionals numbering 57 in all — from various Asian nations. From the Philippines, there were only two jurors: Magno, program manager of GMA 7.

Hopes were raised for the TAPE people in September when they got word that the number of entries had already been trimmed down and that the Eat, Bulaga! Silver Special had entered what the awards organization calls the Short List. A month later, it became official: Silver Special was named finalist in its category and along with the announcement came an invitation for TAPE officials and Eat, Bulaga!

Upon reaching their foreign destination, anxiety attacks brought about by the Asian Television Awards competition were temporarily set aside as emotions were lost in the frenzy of Singaporean shopping. The contest at that point was focused on who got the best bargain. In time, however, reality set in and everyone was on pins and needles once again — unsure of their fate in that award race.

Oh, it was emotional purgatory for the people of Eat, Bulaga! A part of them tells them they were going to win because why would the organizers bother to invite them and make them travel that distance if they will only go home empty-handed? At the same time, the triumvirate of Tito, Vic and Joey were also given a much-coveted spot as presenters in the awards presentation.

Maybe that was going to be their consolation for having made the effort to come to Singapore. Filipinos have a Tagalog term for it: They would have been more confident about winning had it not been for another nominee in their category: