I wish to propose the following Quality Control Principle for People Power:
If PEOPLE POWER produces an unconstitutional regime change but does not result in a new Constitution being promulgated and ratified in a democratic plebiscite by the People at-large, it cannot possibly be legitimate in any moral or intellectual sense.
IT IS A TRUTH I hold to be self-evident that the People always have the right to withdraw their consent to be governed. However, such a withdrawal of consent cannot be done for them by some small group of people that they have not elected for the purpose. No matter how RIGHT in a moral sense the unconstitutional overthrow of some evil leader might actually be, it would not be FAIR to the People or to the Government they established as their own, to abrogate the Social Contract they signed and ratified at plebiscite. The Rule of Law ought not to be violated or changed in midstream unless a new ratified Contract results. A revolutionary Constitution should always be the goal and result of any legitimate people power movement that seeks redress of the Public's grievances through regime change outside of the old Contract.
The difference between Edsa 1986 and Edsa 2001 lies in the absence of a new Constitution being ratified after the latter. That was because the People would never have ratified a new Davide-Arroyo Constitution in 2001! That is why it was essential to declare as "Constitutional throughout" the military judicial coup d'etat pulled off by the SC Chief Justice and the AFP Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes. The Court had to invent constructive resignation and sanctify mutiny as withdrawal of support for the chain of command because Erap was illegally and immorally overthrown after it was realized on 16 January 2001 in the vote on the Second Envelope that the Senate Impeachment Trial would find him NOT GUILTY. When Joker Arroyo walked out on the trial, and Davide aborted it a few days later, they nullified the 1987 Constitution and committed a grave injustice. They destroyed the Rule of Law and the principle of checks and balances. For it is Senate that the is Supreme Court of Public Accountability, not the Hooting Throng of People Power Injustice.
Thus the difference betweeen Edsa One and Edsa Two is the difference between liberal democracy and liberal fascism...
I have come to the conclusion that PEOPLE POWER as practiced at Edsa Dos and urged again today, was really a form of fascist immorality, despite the sanctimonious claims made for it by its present-day proponents and diehard supporters. Let me not be mysterious or obscure in my use of the word fascist. I simply take it to mean "anti-democratic" in the sense that the principle of representative government, One Man, One Vote, and the rule of Law this implies, is replaced by the proceedings of the Parliament of the Streets that is People Power's Executive, Legislature and Judiciary all rolled into one big Hooting Throng. But the "huge" crowds of People Power, like last Friday in Makati, or even one Saturday in January 2001, are still really miniscule mobs compared to 90 million souls in the Archipelago, most of whom have never set foot on Ayala Avenue.
In what senses is modern day People Power morally and intellectually inconsistent? Let me count the ways...
I was sorely disappointed in Dean Raul Pangalangan talking to Korina Today on ANC last night. His main points was that since "this government" has time and again violated the Constitution, those who oppose her ought to do likewise. Christian Monsod was, thankfully, not so dismissive of institutions and the prospects that elections have for bringing about real reform. I'm all for a change OF men and IN men, but do it the right and fair way.
Reacting to Friday's rally, Chiz Escudero has a Golden Rule for GMA: allow others to do unto you what you did to Erap in 2001. Yeah right, Chiz. Two wrongs make a right.
Enteng Romano and Pastor Boy Saycon were also talking to Korina last night. they are just waiting for a "triggering event" to get the People Power ball rolling again. But without a Military in mutiny and a Chief Justice willing to abort impeachment trials after discovering the likely verdict, people power is lil more than psychic dentistry.