MANILA, Philippines - Opposition lawmakers in the Philippine parliament filed impeachment proceedings Monday against President Gloria Arroyo, accusing her of vote-rigging and other allegations.I've been following this story for a while now. I never knew what to really make of it. When I watch the Filipino news I just see floating dead bodies and Manny Pacquiao. So, I asked my grandmother. My Grandmother is 79 so she was born in 1926. She grew up during the "Japanese time". This was the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. She hates the Koreans and the Japanese. She tries to look past her past but occasionally she'll end a sentence with "Dirty Korean Dog. Her husband was involved with the Liberal Party as were a few of my uncles. We also had a family member that was one of Ferdinand Marcos' goon squad. Yeah, that's kind of messed up. The point is, my grandmother cares a lot about politics in the US and the Philippines. THere she's a "liberal" and here she's a staunch conservative. Conservative, aside from the whole "praise Jesus!" aspect that seems to be going hand in hand with people these days. She pretty much watches Fox News and plays Tetris 64 and Dr. Mario all day. Then she gambles away my inheritance at night.
Arroyo made no direct reference to the 2-month-old scandal during her annual state of the nation address hours later, but urged Congress to undertake quick constitutional changes toward a more stable form of government and hopefully ease the political divisions hampering the Philippines.
This is what my grandmother had to say about the Arroyo impeachment trial. I asked her and she started ranting. I just wrote down everything she said word for word.
*note* My grandmother is also going senile
"Eh... Ehhhhh.... She is a bright one. I tell you that much. Her being a lady, I think lots of people try to target her. I hear that a lot of the problems are her husband. You hear things about the husband doing things but you don't actually know because you just hear them. They said that it's voter's fraud but that's part of politics in the Philippines. It's kind of like that everywhere but it's especially like that there. Politicians are willing to hire assassins to take out certain people that anger them. In a place like the Philippines where communication between certain provinces can be hard it's especially easy to rig elections. When you take into consideration the lawless nature of the communist separatist and the Muslims in the south, it's just a cluster bomb of black ops style behavior. One thing the CIA left I guess. Land Lords of the slums and all those poor areas force their residents to vote for whoever they want. They tell them "vote for Dinkiedoo or I'll evict you". It's really sad. I'd imagine this sort of thing happens in lots of crap countries. At least here your vote just doesn't count. Imagine.. Imagine. The big corporations have been complaining about Arroyo too. Apparently, it's harder for Chinese Merchants to peddle their wares to Pilipino businesses. The cost of the import/export is too high for some people to stomach. The corporations always have tons of high ranking politicians in their pockets. It was like that back in my day. It's like that now. The bureau of customs. The bureau of customs. Especially China. All those mall in the Philippines have 99 percent Chinese goods. How do they get in? Crooks... those damn crooks. And you know we have cousins that I let have some land to live on and now they want to own it? Stupid poor people. You be nice to them. You give them land and now they want to take it from you. I swear it's like the American colonist only lamer and stinkier I'm hungry..."