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Philippines: A New Voice

Categories: East Asia, Philippines, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Ideas, Politics, Protest, Youth, Blogger Profiles

On Feb. 27, in the wake of demonstrations calling for the overthrow Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Filipino blogger Bong Austero wrote a post called an “Open Letter to Our Leaders [1]” in which he expressed his frustration and anger at opposition leaders’ grab for power. “You know why?,” he wrote. “Because all you do is whine and sabotage this country.” The post was forwarded on email and reposted [2] on other blogs [3], turning its author into a celebrity [4]. Many responded that he had captured their feelings exactly [5]. Some said it had caused them to think and reflect [6] and others have penned rebuttals [7].