State of Emergency declared in the Philippines 2
Former President Corazon Aquino has asked current President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign, according to Philippine Commentary, liveblogging from Manila.
...former President CORAZAON AQUINO, (flanked by the Senate President FRANKLIN DRILON, Reps. BUTZ AQUINO, Rep. ROILO GOLEZ, and about 10,000 prominent and not so prominent personalities) just called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo "to make the supreme sacrifice and step down from office." Despite being threatened with dispersal earlier in the day, the celebration of the 1986 People Power Revolution in Makati City, at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas in the heart of the Central Business District is ongoing as I post this
Philippine MSM news celebrity and blogger Ricky Carangdang has the most sober take on the overall situation I have found:
Today may have been the spark that rekindled people power. Of course its too early to tell for sure but I have the sense that this weekend will be more crucial for Arroyo than the weekend of July 8 2005 when the Hyatt Ten, Cory Aquino and the Liberal Party called on the president to resign.
And of course one can never underestimate Arroyo. She has survived greater crises than those that brought down Marcos and Estrada. I do not discount her ability to pull a rabbit out of a hat and save herself. I also do not discount the possiblity that the various anti-Arroyo groups could blunder somehow and lose the advantage they currently seem to have. As the sun sets and the weekend begins its a safe bet that many of us will not be getting much rest.
Nail-biting weakened for all the political players in the Philippines.