I was addressing the students of the Philippine Normal University this morning (after also addressing the employees of the Senate during their flag raising ceremony: staff were silent on the question of the senate leadership, which Rey Requiejo says is in danger of being toppled) and so missed the news of a new witness against the President. Thankfully Miron broke the news online and according to him, the witness sounds credible.
This, apparently, is the “more credible” witness Archbishop Cruz has decided to bring forward instead of ex-governor Dy. Speaking of bishops, the Manila Times says Manila Archbishop Rosales is interested in other cases, too. The Tribune has a different take on what Rosales said.
My column today is First Order of Business. Impeachment first, then charter change. Newsstand asks, regarding impeachment and other scenarios, what analytical framework are people being guided by? Last week, I attended a meeting at La Salle Green Hills where the various groups were asked to explain their frameworks. Will blog on this soon, after clearing some overdue work from my desk.
Yesterday, Fr. Bernas said, clarify first, what kind of federalism and parliamentarism is desired. A reader, who isn’t a Filipino, sent me this email in response to my previous column:
I find it fascinating that, here, the concepts of parliamentary government and unicameralism seem to have been conflated. Puzzling, too, because after all:
Israel is parliamentary and unicameral
The UK is parliamentary and bicameral
The US is presidential and bicameral
Nebraska is presidential (governor) and unicameral
And can unicameralism be consistent with federalism? I need to check, but I have the impression that all federal systems are bicameral, with the second chamber providing for some sort of regional/state representation.
Fel Maragay says, why not a plebiscite to see if people want charter change? Rita Jimeno says, the show must go on! In a commentary, the Tribune asks, why not a sectoral assembly for our legislative branch? Billy Esposo praises Ricky Carandang and bewails other new and public affairs hosts. Jove invites everyone to attend the iBlog Mini. 😀
Blogs of the Round Table is attempting a discussion tonight at 5 p.m. Do join us.