- Resty feels violated.
- Arbet asks the EDSA Dos 'masterminds', Now What?.
- Torn sees it as a a political loss for Erap and believes that some measure of Justice has been achieved.
- Rom sees Erap as better off and predicts an eventual checkmate for Gloria.
- Manolo Quezon III sees this as a defeat for the EDSA Dos supporters of Gloria Arroyo, and is hopeful that the clarity brought about by a potential Estrada-Arroyo alliance may finally bring together the EDSA and EDSA Dos veterans.
- The Black and White Movement mourns yet another display of moral bankruptcy and issues a call to action.
- Over at Ellen Tordesillas' blog, the usually united comments section displays an even more fascinating divergence than was displayed during Erap's conviction a month ago. For the Erap supporter, the conflicting emotions, a mixture of disappointement and steadfast hope, is evident. As commenter pnoynrs said:
"...this is a sad chapter in our history. sayang lang ang pakikibaka ng mga pilipino para kay erap yun pala hihingi sya ng pardon kay pandak but like my family and friends here, i’m still hoping that this is just the beginning of erap’s master plan for gloria’s removal from office..."Hopes die hard.
- The Daily Tribune lashes out at the anti-Erap Civil Society. Schumey takes up the defense. As i see it, the Tribune has turned up the volume to drown out their own shame at Erap selling out. It's not a proud moment for their leader. Erap is their cross to bear, not ours.
- Interestingly, the Tribune's rant mirrors that of Bencard, a Gloria Arroyo supporter over at Manolo's comments section. While he opposed the pardon, he cannot bring himself to criticize Gloria Arroyo so he instead projects his anger at the most convenient targets who happen to be Arroyo's opponents. I believe there is a psychological term for this type of behavior.
- Finally, in Manolo's comments section, Manuel Buencamino warns us not to get distracted:
"I was not going to allow Erap to distract me from the real task of fighting ongoing corruption to focus corruption that occured in the past. Why ignore the thief who is in the process of robbing your house to go after someone who can’t rob you anymore? Everything at its proper time dude."
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Roundup: Reactions to the Erap Pardon
I don't usually do roundups but what the heck: