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The Longest ‘Burning’ President? (Updated)

July 28, 2009

ANTI SONA EFFIGIES MONTAGE1

Fire in the belly, fire in one’s dreams, fire in one’s convictions are best conveyed when citizens stage peaceful protests to call government to account for its deeds, and misdeeds..

So it is that fire is an ever present element in mass actions – the burning of books, the burning of flags, and yes, the burning of effigies.

The montage above needs no explanation.

So it is that as President Arroyo embarks on her working visit to the United States this afternoon she is leaving behind a society potentially even more divided after her supposedly final SONA.

I am shaking my head over why her valedictory SONA¬† will likely not be remembered more for Mrs. Arroyo’s quite ‘unpresidential’ rebuke ofher critics rather than having served the purpose of forging greater national unity and consensus.

Picking up from where President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo left off, her allies Tuesday continued the verbal assault on her political foes amid criticisms over her purported final State of the Nation Address (SONA).

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090729-217728/State-of-Gloria-Arroyo-is-off-the-record

The Inquirer editorial is another good read:

http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/editorial/view/20090729-217716/Pussyfooting

I am asking myself if after the next 10 months the legacy of this President will be that of a nation irreconcilably torn apart in poverty and hopelessness.


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