Some friends of mine attended the rally on Ayala Avenue last Friday. They walked over from their offices. As the rally progressed, they grew more and more uncomfortable. They were surrounded by the hakot crowdâ€”busloads of people who had been paid by politicians to appear at the event. This is not about class or snobbery. This is about wanting to express your outrage, and finding that the guy standing next to you was paid to show up. You hope that his outrage is genuine, and you really can’t begrudge him accepting money because he probably needs it. But it’s not right. This is not what People Power was supposed to be. People were supposed to be united by their convictions. Now it’s been reduced to a show of numbers. My friends repaired to a nearby Starbucks, where a whole bunch of people who had also come to the rally from their offices had also taken refuge. That’s what they were: refugees.