Friday, October 1, 2010

The Red October: Times are ripe for a Revolution

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), one of the country's major social influencers, has just issued a warning against President Noynoy Aquino's plan to implement the Reproductive Health Bill. The church leadership even warned Aquino of ex-communication should he pushes thru with his plan to support the RH bill. 

Let's forego discussions about this issue and just concentrate on the political implications of this issue. This is something being neglected by the Aquino administration.

First, the Church is threatening to launch a civil disobedience campaign. This is the first time over a decade that the entire Church leadership had threatened this kind of political action. 

With this issue creating a split among the populace and the jueteng issue threatening a serious rift among the elite groups, will this result to what some say, a revolution of serious proportions?

Will the prediction of former defense secretary Norberto Gonzales, the promoter of clerico fascism in the Philippines, fulfill itself this coming month? Let us see.

Things are beginning to unravel, the purported assassination plot against Pnoy, the ever widening rift between the Church and the Aquino administration, the rising dissatisfaction among Pnoy's volunteer groups, the internal conflict between and among groups within the palace and the ever increasing dissatisfaction of the public over the foibles committed by this administration.

These are, what some would say, events leading to a revolutionary situation.

If Gonzales again assumes power, then, he surely had surpassed Joma Sison in terms of being the only public intellectual who has successfully steered three revolts in a lifetime.