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Friday, Jan. 19; 8:45 p.m. Linden Suites, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas The tell-tale signs are outside: the four black Pajeros with red blinkers belonging to the Presidential Security Group (PSG) parked in front of the lobby and big cars favored by Manila politicians coming and going. In 1986, Corazon Aquino spent her last hours as [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Features, Politics

“Estrada United Us” They came with different, even conflicting, interests and orientations. Their forces had clashed in the past. But they had found a common cause-to bring down a rotten and incompetent administration. And so, in a rare show of solidarity, they galvanized Edsa People Power 2. Take Sanlakas, a militant group that split with [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

ON PARTY LOYALTIES: “Part of what I am I owe to Ed (Angara), part of what I am I owe to Peping (Cojuangco), part of what I am I owe to (Ernie) Maceda, part of what I am I owe to President Cory, part of what I am I owe to (Fidel) Ramos…. Nobody ever [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Interviews, Politics

Holding the coalition together More than anything else, the new President has to restore the one thing that got lost in Estrada’s years in office: respect for the highest office of the land. It’s what makes people look up to a country’s leader. It’s a true, abiding value that inspires a nation. Sadly, indulgence and [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

Even as the tide began to turn against their President, Erap’s masa, his support base, refused to acknowledge that the end was near. When television and radio stations announced that Gen. Angelo Reyes and other officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police had withdrawn their support from the Estrada [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

On Friday night last week, former Sen. Rene Saguisag went to Malacañang to commiserate with a vanquished and somber-looking president. They walked from the Ceremonial Hall to the Presidential Residence, and when they were alone briefly, Joseph Ejercito Estrada wearily said, “What an ending.” The end for the former movie actor-president came much sooner than [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics
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