Action this weekend is my column for today (JB Baylon makes a call of his own). Newspapers are crowing about a Filipino-America chef in the White House, while ignoring the decades and decades of Filipino mess stewards in the White House, since the U.S. Navy has favored Filipino stewards since at least the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Given Defensor’s botched attempt to discredit the tapes, will the House majority still try to vote down the impeachment next week? I asked Majority Leader Boy Nograles today and he said he did not think they would….at least not on Tuesday or Wednesday.
So it looks as if the impeachment complaint will survive another week, thanks in large part to Mike Defensor.
Still, after the initial nervousness of this weekend, the Palace legal strategy seems set. A full-page ad by certain lawyers has set the proper tone for the defense. Newsbreak reports on the opposition’s legal strategies.
The punditocracy has Fr. Joaquin Bernas clarifying that each house of Congress has to vote separately on constitutional amendments, and stating publicly he’s thankful unicameralism lost in the 1987 Constitutional Commission; Billy Esposo remembers his work with Raul S. Roco’s campaign; Lito Banayo speaks of dominoes falling and the witching hour; H. Marcos Mordeno bewails the planned destruction of forests in Mindanao.
In the blogosphere, Edwin Lacierda asks why there don’t seem to be pro-President blogs:
Like it or not, the blogosphere is the next agora where the war of ideas will be waged, battled and tested. And unless some giant can advance an intellectual and spirited defense of the president, from an IQ viewpoint, her administration will be remembered where intellectual orcs roamed free and where the talents like reasoned and enlightened thinking were all hidden in a bushel.
Leaving Manila, I was reminded of just how terrible their airport is and what a bad impression it must leave on the average tourist who has had a wonderful holiday enjoying the beaches, sights and hospitality that the Philippines has to offer….and then they have to sit in that awful airport….made particularly worse by the fact that there is a brand new terminal just sitting and waiting to have some life breathed into it…plus think of the extra revenue that could be generated with some half way decent shops and restaurants.