Bayan: Not coup, not revolt, but People Power in the works
MANILA - "It's not a coup d'etat nor an armed revolt. It's People Power."
Thus said Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Spokesman Teodoro Casiño of the activities and protests that various groups have been planning in the wake of the tragic Mamasapano incident, where 44 police commandos perished trying to execute a law enforcement mission in Maguindanao Province.
Casiño said rumors of a coup d'etat are being fueled by the allies of President Aquino who want to douse cold water on the protests.
He asserted: "We are not calling for a coup d'etat. We want the President to be held accountable for his many failures."
Most people are demanding for truth and accountability on the Mamasapano incident. "Many are also calling on President Aquino to step down for this and his many other failures.
"These are legitimate grievances and demands and the government should not prevent people from expressing their sentiments whether in social media or in the streets," said the former party list lawmaker.
"There is nothing to fear from People Power. We call on the armed forces, the police and the local authorities not to prevent people from coming out in the streets to express their demand for change," said Casiño.
He disclosed that many cause-oriented groups, civil society organizations, political leaders, religious, laity and concerned individuals have been meeting and discussing the circumstances surrounding the Mamasapano incident and its implications.
"The growing consensus is that this is just the latest in a string of blunders by the Aquino government, and a reflection of the systemic flaws in our political system."
"Mamasapano was the fatal result of US intervention mixed with Aquino's incompetence and lack of leadership. Many have expressed equal frustration over the administration's failure to make a dent in the fight against bureaucratic corruption, cronyism, political patronage and criminality, not to mention the equally grave problems of chronic poverty and underdevelopment," he added.
"Clearly the buck stops with the President. Many think that part of the solution is removing him from office. But the bigger challenge is ensuring that the resulting government – whatever it is and whoever leads it – sustains the momentum to change the system.
"People Power should not end with Aquino's ouster but continue until the necessary political, economic and social reforms for our people are in place," he stressed
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Is People Power , rallies and mass demonstration the solution to the problem that we have right now?