Here is an interesting excerpt from Manuel L Quezon III’s recent column on the Inquirer.net, “The Mandate” where he gushes about Aquino’s “landslide” win in this year’s elections:
It is the largest plurality since the present Constitution came into force; and only the second indisputable presidential win in a generation. It ends the legitimacy crisis of 2001-2005. It has even been called a landslide.
It’s interesting because MLQ3 highlights the period 2001 to 2005 as a “legitimacy crisis”. Apparently he is exercising a bit of editorial license (fair enough as his column is an editorial) to add political equity to President-Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s government by implying that Noynoy’s coming to power represents a breakthrough in “legitimacy”. Indeed, the Noted One seems to suggest to us that Noynoy Aquino’s ascent to power “ends the legitimacy crisis”.
Well now. Let us shed a bit of light into what caused this so-called Great Legitimacy Crisis of 2001-2005 to begin with, shall we? Here is what the New York Times‘ Seth Mydans said of the advent of that “legitimacy crisis” reporting on the ouster of President Joseph “Erap” Estrada back in 2001:
People Power II was met with doubt and criticism, described by foreign commentators as “a defeat for due process,” as “mob rule,” as “a de facto coup.”
It was seen as an elitist backlash against a president who had overwhelmingly been elected by the poor. This time, it appears, “people power” was used not to restore democracy but, momentarily, to supplant it. Filipinos seemed to prefer democracy by fiesta, still shying from the hard work of building institutions and reforming their corrupt political system.
“It is either being called mob rule or mob rule as a cover for a well- planned coup,” said William Overholt, a Hong Kong-based political economist with long experience in the Philippines. “But either way, it’s not democracy.”
Two words and a Roman numberal to note: People Power II.
“People Power II” a.k.a. the last great Ocho Ocho Revolution is what heralded the dawn of the period of what Quezon now calls the “legitimacy crisis”. Indeed, no other phrase holds greater claim to the status of flagship “product” of the Aquino Franchise than “People Power”. That the Noted Blogger, Manuel L Quezon III would fail to see the obvious irony in what he writes for the Inquirer.net in adulation of the Vacuous One comes across as quite quaintly amusing. I’ll spell it out for you Mr Quezon, in case all of the above still flies over your pointed head:
It is quite ironic how one credits Aquino’s win in the 2010 election as one that breaks a “crisis of legitimacy” — one that was, to begin with, effected with that crown jewel of Aquinoist rhetoric: People Power “Revolution”.
Quite annoying how the stink of campaign bullshit deposited on one’s own backyard wafts back into one’s home as one sits to enjoy one’s victory feast, isn’t it?
is coming back to bite…