Disembodied voices

Here’s the statement of the Communist Party of the Philippines:

    The EDSA people’s power uprising is a historic victory of the people’s democratic resistance against the Marcos dictatorship. It is the product of two decades of struggle. In the end, a broad front of the toiling masses, of urban petty-bourgeois sectors and of anti-Marcos reactionaries emerged united to decisively put an end to the 20 year dictatorship.”

Fuck you guys. You weren’t there!

Here’s the statement of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan),

    “We commemorate Edsa I not because it represents a heroism that is singularly ascribed to any one person or political color. We commemorate Edsa I because it represents the Filipino people’s dreams and aspirations that have yet to be fulfilled.”

Dear Bayan,

The reason why the color yellow is associated with People Power is because there were no Reds in Edsa during those historic four days!

The only Edsa that you fuckers joined is Edsa 2 and look at how great that turned out for everybody.

Stupid idiots!

All the best,

Here’s a couple of tips so you don’t get left out the next time something exciting happens in this country:

    1. You always have to have your ears on the ground because some revolutions happen fast, really fast. Some revolutionaries will not wait for the workers in the countryside to encircle the cities, they just go ahead and do it.

    2. Review your decision-making process. The Leninist-Maoist model of “collective” decision-making is not ideal for these fast paced times. Besides everyone knows that yours is an order-taking organization and that “consultative” process you go through is just a shadow play.

Here’s a tip so you don’t end up going to the wrong street party again:

    1. Don’t just look at the party favors. It’s more important to first find out who invited you.

    2. Don’t hesitate to leave the party if you don’t like the other party guests.

    3. Give your own party. Make it fun so people will want to come. That means changing your motif and the party decorations that have been hung out there for 40 years waiting for guests who will never arrive.

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • GabbyD

    hhmmm… strange, nik just said (along with most), that people power is the masa’s victory. at the very least, this means that the celebrations are inclusive. 

    so why the vitriol/sarcasm? 

    • Manuelbuencamino

      Because the leadership of a group that told their members to stay away not only from the snap election but also from Edsa is now owning the event. It would be different if their statements went along the loyalist line of “See we told you that nothing good will come out of it.” 

      But who are they to say ” a victory of the people’s democratic resistance” when you and I know that those are code words for communist rebellion. And the Bayan statement, I think it’s clear that they are trying to put some red into that yellow event. Yellow is the color of Edsa.

      Edsa is the victory of the masses but not masses as defined by the reds. Edsa is the victory of the people but not people as defined by the reds. Edsa is the victory of democracy but democracy as defined by the reds. People’s Republic of China, People’s Democratic Republic of Korea that’s how the reds bastardize those words.

    • Nik

      Separate the communist movement from the idea of ‘people’ and ‘masa.’