Can of Worms/ Confession
Today is the 20th anniversary of People Power Revolution that stirred the heart of many Filipinos. This is the first ever bloodless revolution that toppled a dictator gave way to democracy.
Or so we thought.
Until now, the hopes of those who attended the revolt are still yet to attain. Corruption after Marcos is still rampant, if not worse. That's why we had to create another bloodless revolution to topple another greedy president, but was replaced by a greater evil.
People are still poor, if not poorer, after Marcos. Our pride in our race is waning, the streets are littered with lack of discipline (a sign of democracy, some people would argue)and crime (no thanks to poverty).
Today I question: Are the Filipinos better off without People Power? Did this "brief shining moment" actually opened a can of worms full of personal interests?
It's been 20 years, and we still demand for answers.
UPDATE: A foiled coup attempt a few hours ago prompted La Presidenta to declare a "State Of National Emergency". Another bad news for CNN and Fox News to feast on.
MARUJA'S FIRST CONFESSION
I'll let you in on a secret.
Promise you won't tell...
There's a ghost in my bedroom.
I couldn't see it, but I could feel it.
Months ago, I was sleeping on my back inside my dark bedroom when I felt a heavy pressure against my shoulders and my groin, as if someone is trying to hump me dry.
I couldn't move one bit. My mouth was shaking, trying to utter words. But it felt like I'm being gagged.
However, my will is stronger. "God," I shouted.
The pressure vanished.
I thought it was the end of it.
You're right. I was wrong.
Two weeks ago, I was...again, sleeping on my back when suddenly I was grabbed at my balls by some unseen force.
That heavy pressure had returned. My breathing became constricted, my mouth trembled as my balls were being carressed.
I tried to shout "Pa!", calling my Dad, but I could only let out a soft "Poooo..."
It was gone again.
It got me thinking, "What would have happened if I didn't shout?"
Was this presence trying to get into my body?
Would this ghost attempt to rape me?
Would that make me spawn a Devil's Child?
Oh my, would that make me the Virgin Maruja?
If the ghost tried to molest me for the third time, would I let it?
THE EMPRESS FOOTNOTES
1) Most of my blog friends are beginning to podcast. It's the new cool thing.
2) My Dad came home last night, worried about an impending coup d'etat against the current president. I doubt it would happen.
3) Turn on my maruja radio and let the music guide you through my posts.
4) JUST ASKING: Is there a limitation to democracy?