Early in the morning yesterday, I got a text message from a friend saying “the Philippines has two presidents already.”
My first reaction was like, “Was there a coup while we were sleeping?” Or maybe the SMS had something to do with the first death anniversary of Fernando Poe Jr. The other day, FPJ’s supporters reportedly placed on is tomb a banner saying something like “Here lies the 14th President of the Republic of the Philippines.”
When I opened my PC and checked the news on the Web, I learned that retired General Fortunato Abad had proclaimed himself as the president of a revolutionary transition government. (For those interested, the Armed Forces of the Philippines website has a profile of Fortunato Abat.)
Now that the country has two “presidents,” Who’s your choice? President Gloria “Hello Garci” Macapagal-Arroyo or President Fortunato Abat?