Yesterday, news outfits and bloggers went into high gear; INQ7.net, as often happens in times of high public interest, shifted to a spartan version. Everyone’s topic: the Amazing Barnacle.
A cacophony of voices to start the day. First of all, gleeful use of the term, “tipping point,” which I think I can safely say, you saw used here first, folks. Rina Jimenez-David and Dong Puno both use it in their columns today.
Carmen Pedrosa sees a silver lining; Alex Magno sees a transition; Anding Roces insists the status quo will prevail. Max Soliven also says the President will prevail.
The Inquirer editorial thinks the President is on the ropes, while Solita Monsod doesn’t look kindly at the cabinet members who “irrevocably resigned,” and Bel Cunanan wonders why everyone seems in such a hurry.
Lito Banayo focuses on cabinet transitions during crisis situations (and takes a good potshot at the senate president); JB Baylon discusses whether big business fears the Vice-President; Jess Sison trumpets the Ramos solution to life, the universe, and everything (including an embittering retirement).
Here’s a truly remarkable development. PCIJ launched this week it’s i-Report Special Issue, which even includes a story on bloggers during the past few week’s crisis. Now what’s remarkable is that they’re making the magazine available as a PDF download for a fee. I believe this is the first Philippine news magazine to try this. It could, potentially, be a breakthrough event (circulation and income-wise).
Sometimes blogs overlook events or make mistakes (some boo-boos on my part in reporting names of new cabinet appointments) so it’s helpful to make the following your reference points over the coming days: The Sun-Star’s Arroyo Presidency blog keeps tracks of statements and other news, while iGMA.tv: Exclusive coverage of Arroyo crisis includes both video and text updates, as well as a timeline of events, and the statements of various groups and political figures. Want the definitive statement of such-and-such? Look there (congratulations to ultramagneticblog for putting this together).
And of course, once more, you can’t go wrong checking out the blogs of Tina Panganiban-Perez and Jove Francisco, who continue to make history (and report it).
You can keep track of my blog entries, since these days there tend to be so many, by referring to all entries under the Crisis Mode category.