UPDATE (4 May, 12:41pm): The following additional audio files from the April 20 political forum are already available:
- Abang Mabulo's 5-minute follow-up speech (4.8 MB, wma format)
- Open forum that followed the speeches (32.4 MB, wma format)
My personal thanks to Mina Bermudo of CCCom, who graciously lent me several CDs containing the recordings.
For starter, here is 'Abang' Mabulo's opening 20-minute speech (18.3 MB, Windows Media Audio format).
Spoken from the heart, in the language of an NGO leader who dabbled in local politics, mobilized his people and exceeded expectations, I thought Abang connected with the audience and carried his message of hope very well.
Dato Arroyo's convenient absence did not detract anything from Mabulo's heartfelt performance. But the odds remains great: my sources told me DWNX did not give Abang sufficient media access they would ordinarily give to other 'favored' politicians, like Mayor Robredo or Gov. LRay Villafuerte.
And then, an urgent text message last week from Renee Gumba of the Ateneo Institute of Politics: it seems hamletting by the AFP has begun in the first district, particularly in Del Gallego. It is clear as day the military has taken sides.
The ironic thing is: ordinary people in the first district will probably answer Abang's call to arm him pebbles with which to slay his Goliath-like rival. But compromised democratic institutions are not about to let their voice be heard.