Discernment is my column for today, further explaining some of my reasons for concluding the President must resign. As I blogged yesterday, De La Salle has made news along with other organizations (such as the Jose Diokno Foundation, whose president is my aunt), that have decided to call for the President to resign. In its editorial, the Inquirer suggests what the public really wants is a Truth Commission. A German with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation suggests charter change at this time is a waste of time and worse, intellectually dishonest.
The columnist roundup this morning is quite juicy. Jarius Bondoc is all praises for the House, particularly as it’s poised to implicate the opposition in the Garci tapes; Ellen Tordesillas delves into the appointment of Tomas Alcantara as Presidential Chief of Staff, which she says signifies a weakening of the position of Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita (she further dissects the pro-reform and hard-line factions in the Cabinet); Billy Esposo is upset over Cory Aquino.
Last night, I arrived at ANC early in order to watch Sec. Mike Defensor and Poe spokesperson Susan Tagle get grilled by Ces Drilon. Tagle made a few intriguing comments: conciliatory and respectful toward Cory Aquino, saying her call to prayer was correct. Seems officially, at least, there is no antipathy between the two (I also noticed, in Roces’s press conference and Cory’s a day later, both wore white, which may or may not mean something in our color-conscious political culture). Mike Defensor let loose a trial balloon, in which he says he’d suggest that the President call for the opening of the ballot boxes to prove she won fair and square. Behind the scenes, everyone, from the makeup lady to various people hovering behind the scenes, expressed sympathy for Defensor’s difficult job of being spokesman for the administration. Etta Rosales, my co-guest, thinks that the administration is inclined to wrap up the hearings at the House sooner rather than later. A quick word with political analyst Benito Lim indicated that in his view, the President can tough it out for some time to come, as the military remain loyal to her.