So now it comes to a close. History has been written. Former President Joseph Estrada has been proven guilty of plunder, but got acquitted for perjury.
I’ll leave the political and legal analysis to the experts and lawyers, but here’s what I have to say. I don’t feel vindicated by Erap’s conviction. No, not at all. Why? Because it didn’t feel like we triumphed over evil at all. Yes, we ousted a President who has been proven a plunderer, but unfortunately for we have replaced him with someone even worse.
Erap’s conviction, for me, was all just a ceremony 6 years in the making. Had this present administration proven its worth, I would have been entirely happy of kicking Erap’s ass out of the palace.
And while the media was all hush-hush about this recent development, I appear to be too indifferent to care. As a matter of fact, I slept through the entire coverage.
But the wonders of Web 2.0 didn’t leave me in the dark. The moment I woke up, at around 10 in the morning, I was shocked when I checked on my phone: 51 messages! Believe you me, I was really surprised.
I read the message one by one and as I scrolled from message to message, a slow and interesting turn of drama seemingly unfolded. Piece by piece, moment by moment, I received every bit of information on the trial on my phone. All because of Twitter!
Here’s Kapuso na, Katinig pa correspondent Ederic Eder, reporting:
Thank you Ederic. Now let’s proceed to Noemi Dado for her report:
Thankyouverymuch Mrs. Noemi. And Sexymom, what was it you wanted to say?
I’m amazed at how Twitter has enabled people to communicate real time, in blow-by-blow progression, the events that happened during Erap’s trial. This is very good news information because it further opens the doors for discoveries of more uses for Twitter and similar Web 2.0 applications. It further proves how Twitter can be a potent tool for mass communication as well.
Ain’t it great? Twitter has evolved from “What are you doing?” into “What’s happening in the world?” I think INQUIRER.net or similar online news media in the Philippines should have a twitter account. I think BBC has one.