Thai protests unlikely to inspire Filipinos into action
BANGKOK, Thailand –
Month-long protests in Thailand have caused a damaging effect on its economy that is dependent on tourism as a primary source of revenue. The latest development has it that anti-government group People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) had already stormed and took over two of Thailand’s airports. This despite the change of leadership just months ago when Samak Sundaravej was removed from office for allegedly protecting ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Apparently, he was replaced by Thaksin’s brother-in-law, Premier Somchai Wongsawat, thus the same predicament befell him.
Protesters wore yellow shirts as a loyalty to the king reminiscent of the Philippine’s 1986 People Power Revolution. But the parallelism ends there. Whereas the Philippine revolution was marked by peacefulness and prayer, the Thai protests were marked by unrest and violence. A significant number of people have already been killed or injured in clashes among police, protesters, and pro-government group.
A brief analysis of the situation would immediately discount the possibility of such scenario occuring in the Philippines soon. Even with majority of Filipinos being discontented with GMA and her cast of clowns, there doesn’t seem to be enough prodding and agitation yet from civil society groups to cause them to move into action. Secondly, the opposition is clearly divided with each pursuing his own agenda and political ambition. Lastly, there simply is a lack of major religious figure that can inspire the people to go to the streets again. Oh, how I miss the late Jaime Cardinal Sin!
It’s a truly grim prospect but unless a miracle happens, say the honorable congressmen get finally irked by the domineering of Mikey, et.al. and the impeachment is railroaded from the Lower House to the Senate (again), then we are bound to stick it out with the Arroyo nightmare until 2010 or for keeps.