Monday, February 27, 2006

No March.

Well from the perspective we have (at least those of us stateside) not too much is new in the Philippines. Of course, things have been happening one famous/infamous figure Gregario "Gringo" Honasan is being charged with rebellion and attempting a Coup d'eat.

Those of you who have been following Philippino politics or at least Philippino news for sometime know the name of Gregario "Gringo" Honasan. This is not the first time he has been mixed up in coup attempts and will probably not be the last. In fact he once described himself as: resident adviser on failed coup attempts (INQ7 - Ex-colonel Honasan broke hearts, bodies).

Anyway, in a blog yesterday entitled Next Move I wondered about the reports of a mob gathering at the University of the Philippines Diliman. I asked about this on a few Philippino blogs and the question was studiously ignored. Well a quick review of my usual sources on the unfolding story seem to indicate this mob never marched or they dispersed after hearing the standoff with the Marines came to an end.

None the less this story is not over and one wonders will it ever end as long as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is in office? Or will there be agitation until she steps down, her term is done (IIRC her term ends in 2010 and she runs into the term limit as well), or...I will not say, but I leave the task of listing the grim and obvious third possibility to you dear readers?

People I know in the Philippines are disgusted by all of this and in fact are studiously avoiding following the events. Like most people they have businesses to run and things to do and the shenanigans of those struggling and holding onto Malacañang do very little for them but to depress the business climate.