Pussy Riot

For a band whose name sounds suspiciously like an invitation to an orgy, Pussy Riot has done what many other seasoned political activists have failed to do: exposed the inner rot of the Putin of regime, and laid bare the Church’s meddling in political affairs. Three of the members of Pussy Riot – the band itself is a collective with fluid membership – have been stripped of their bright balaclavas and convicted of hooliganism, a charge that is penalized with imprisonment for up to seven years. This after a performance of Punk Prayer – a song that talks about the close ties between Putin’s government and the Russian Orthodox Church – in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Sound familiar?

We should be thankful, I guess, that the Church here doesn’t quite have that much clout. But while we’re being thankful, we should also be vigilant that things don’t ever come to that. In the meantime, let’s do what we do best: harness the power of social media to let the world know that here, in the Philippines, we won’t let those fearless youths go to jail without raising a ruckus.