The Magdalo group has taken over a hotel in Makati City. Again.
On 27 July 2003, more than 300 members of the Magdalo faction took over the Oakwood Premier Luxury Apartments in Makati City. The Magdalo faction, led by Navy Lt. (SG) Antonio Trillanes IV, announced their grievances against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, including graft and corruption in the military. The Magdalo group also demanded the resignation of PGMA, declaring their withdrawal of support from their Commander-in-Chief.
This morning, the Magdalo group took over Manila Peninsula.
Let me hazard a guess. The tipping point is still far away; they won’t succeed.
Added: I just had dinner with some friends and the topic is, surprise, the latest attempt of Sen. Trillanes et al. Someone said that Sen. Trillanes just wasted the economic growth, no matter how small that growth is, and, even assuming that there’s no growth, what Sen. Trillanes and his group did certainly didn’t contribute to that.
Another said that Senator Trillanes has a knack of providing diversion everytime issues are gaining momentum against the government. What happens to the planned mass actions tomorrow to coincide with Bonifacio Day? Poof. The talk of the town now is the stupidity of Sen. Trillanes, and no longer the issues. What happens to the other oppositionists? They’re lumped together with this stupid and wasteful move.
Someone expressed her disappointment. She voted for Sen. Trillanes during the last elections, she said, because she believed in what Sen. Trillanes was fighting for. The constant use of guns and the military, however, should never be condoned, she added. She forgave Sen. Trillanes for using force the first time, but not this time. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
The concensus, at least within the group, appears to be this — more people, regardless of their opinion on President Arroyo, are not happy with what Sen. Trillanes and his group did. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, I guess. Let’s listen to yours.