Proclamation 1017 issued by President Gloria Arroyo to quell what she perceives as a “clear and present danger” to the Republic posed by Leftsts and Right wing “military adventurers” seems to be triggering a backlash from the citizenry, or at least from citizen bloggers.
“Yes, I am afraid, like anybody else, to speak out because I might be arrested even though I'm just a simple blogger. But I feel strongly about this issue [the state of emergency] and I cannot let it pass without giving a genuine comment. I feel strongly about it because I am involved, as a Filipino. I won't pretend I'm speechless because I am not,” Cheenee Otarra, in Princessic Thoughts of Cheenee (http://princessacheenee.blogspot.com).
“How could she?! How could she take away the freedom of other people to speak out? This is indeed another name for Martial Law: State of
For Maria Jose in her blog Alleba Politics (http://politics.alleba.com/), the proclamation shattered her.
“Tonight I cry. I cry because of fear, anxiety and frustration. There is something very wrong with the country today and not enough people care,”she said. “Yesterday, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared the entire
Says ebonietheweird in http://ebonietheweird.livejournal.com/): State of emergency: what a load of crap! GMA is just hiding behind all her lies and her inability to properly govern a country. We can't really blame her for everything. I mean, the Filipino people did vote for her. But then the issue of her treachery comes to mind again. So it's all really confusing.”
These are some of the reactions that BusinessMirror obtained from blogs randomly selected through the search engine Blogger.Com. And many of these bloggers fear the state of emergency may bring back the dark days of Martial Law, especially after the news spread that the Daily Tribune was “taken over by the government.”