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People Power remains a tool for social change that is available to a people who want to institute changes in government, said Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo in a Bloggers Kapihan on Saturday at Kape Tasyo in Anonas, Quezon City.

In his sharing with bloggers, Ocampo stressed that “Filipinos are not frustrated over People Power 2, but with the dismal and disappointing regime that came to power.”

He said that the source of frustration is that “People Power 2 was a fight against corrupt and immoral governance, but we were given a worse government by the very persons who composed the new government.”

Ocampo said that the “if ever People Power resulted in bad governance, we cannot blame the

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people who took part in the uprising. It remains an alternative way of instituting change.”

“People Power as a concept is always relevant,” Ocampo said, adding that “It remains a mechanism for people to express their sentiments when institutional processes fail them.”

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Thanks to our special guests, Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela SecGen Tinay Palabay.

Our utmost gratitude to Dohn Nalumen Jr. for letting us use Kape Tasyo as a venue! Visit Kape Tasyo at 2/F Anonas Commercial Complex, #3 ANonas St., Project 3, Quezon City. Contact numbers are 436-KAPE (5273) and 0916 5129761.

2:59 BK 3 is about to start. Rep. Satur Ocampo is being interviewed by ABS-CBN news crew. Among the people present: Mon Ramirez of photoblog arkibongbayan.org, Cristina Palabay of Gabriela, Gani Tapang of AGHAM, Mao Hermintanyo of Yehey, Suyin of Yinsu.

3:08 Tonyo opens BK 3.0. Introduces Bloggers Kapihan and relevance of BK3 event. Introduces speakers, Ka Satur on Bayan Muna, Cristina Palabay of Gabriela – also National President of National Union of Students of the Philippines during EDSA 2.

3:11 Ka Satur starts his speech with Bayan Muna’s analysis of what happened in EDSA last Jan 17-20.

Ang batayan ng PP2 ay ang pagkondena ng graft and corruption noon ng gubyerno ni Estrada…

Kung masama ang naging bungang gubyerno, hindi ito dapat isisi sa PP2. Ito ay isang popular mechanism na dapat available sa tao. Alternative na dapat buhay…

Ang people power 2, hindi ispontanyo lang na pag-iipon ng mga tao. Me puhunan iyun.

3:17

Hindi mali, hindi nawawalan ng kabuluhan ang People Power bilang isang mekanismo na nag-eexpress ng sentimyento ng mamayan kapag ang institutional processes ay hindi na availabale sa karaniwang tao.

Satur tells of how he personally met Arroyo. Arroyo promised cooperation with Bayan Muna in the struggle against Estrada, explains her stand on issues. However, this was not enough to convince BM to endorse Arroyo to replace Erap. In fact, BM was not in EDSA when Arroyo was sworn in office.

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