Recent political events seem to point to a major political battle between the GMA forces and their political enemies. An impeachment case has been filed with the House of Representatives at the same time that GMA allies are preparing for a charter change initiative through an HOR-dominated, one-congress vote constituent assembly. Speaker Nograles said they will not dismiss the impeachment out of hand and let it go through the “normal” process.
The SC decision on the MOA-AD was not to Malacañang’s interest. It had a surprise vote in Justice Quisumbing’s majority vote. This effectively throw into question the Supreme Court’s fidelity to GMA’s political positions, including a crucial question on the voting in a constituent assembly. Now, here comes former president and Lakas-CMD honorary chairman Fidel V. Ramos saying that Charter change is already too late.
Now, throw Jocjoc Bolante into the brew and a possible insider impeachment witness has appeared on the horizon, in addition to all the others. The impeachment–a quixotic proposition before–suddenly now seems plausible.
Is there a pressure move on GMA to let go of the reins of power? Certainly, there are a lot of people out there–both from the opposition and even from the majority coalition–that wants her out for different reasons. Some want her out because she is the main stumbling block to their own ambitions for power. Some want her out precisely to maintain the power. Others want her out because of her bad leadership and bad governance. Still others just want her out.
The key issue now is whether or not GMA will still be a player in the coming days to the 2010 elections and even beyond. It will be resolved soon. All the scenarios are converging to resolve this issue in this moment of a political crossroad.