Despite the CBCP’s weak position, the protest movement is surging. Significantly, the participation of church organizations and church-influenced groups continue to increase. The Ayala rally on the 29th promises to be, at the least, a major pressure point. At the most, it may be the tipping point for the resolution of the GMA crisis of political survival.
The nature and circumstances of this political crisis is such that it can only have one resolution: the end of the Arroyo regime within the context of the existing electoral democracy. From there, it may result in the affirmation of this electoral democracy and thus the integrity of the 2010 elections. Or, more remote, it may lead to the ending of the electoral democracy itself. At any rate, these are the days of reckoning.
The people’s consciousness and readiness to action are developing by leaps and bounds. The usual tactics by the GMA administration are not working anymore and proved to be ironically pushing faster the momentum for change. From the JDV triumphal ouster to its present travails, the Arroyo administration has rapidly traversed a half-circle towards a downward spiral.