Friday, March 03, 2006

The Reality of the "State of Emergency"

President Arroyo lifted the State of Emergency today.

Here's an article from the Global Nation, describing what life is like here or most Filipinos families these days:


"...for them and the 40 percent of Filipinos who live on less than two dollars a day, Arroyo's "state of emergency" is nothing new -- they have been living in one for most of their lives. They said the declaration on Friday, which allowed Arroyo to use the military to quell an alleged coup plot, was just another page in the Philippines' catalogue of political upheavals that take the government focus away from solving the myriad problems of the poor.

"State of emergency? Sure, every day it's always been a state of emergency. Emergency to look for food to put on our tables and emergency to look for spare change to give our children for school," the portly Aguabiva, 37, told Agence France-Presse over the din of a passing train packed with factory workers.

As an idealistic teenager in 1986, Aguabiva took part in the "people power" uprising that toppled the 20-year regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

He confesses to having joined anti-government protests recently, but only to get a free lunch and a "few hundred pesos" (100 Pesos=$2.00) to take home to his wife Nerisa, a laundry woman.

Political protesters are often trucked in from slum areas and paid to participate in rallies.

"What will that achieve? Nothing. Besides, it's tiring standing under the sun the whole day,"

Continue reading "For ordinary Filipinos,
daily life is 'state of emergency"


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