Against People Power
mass protests against the “illegimate” presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
heat up, many of her erstwhile political allies have begun to abandon ship
– among them former Presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos. Aquino has
called on Macapagal-Arroyo to step down from her post to avert an
“extra-constitutional” political transition, while Ramos offers her the
option of continuing to govern as a caretaker President prior to the
convening of a constituent assembly that will change the government into a
parliamentary system from the present presidential system. Essentially,
both oppose the brewing People Power seeking to oust Macapagal-Arroyo
followed by a transition council that would effect a number of reforms
beyond a political changing of the guard. It is interesting that Ramos and
Aquino, both principal beneficiaries of People Power, would oppose it now
that the people are starting to push for changes beyond the system.
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underline; figuratively, to
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