It seems almost like Monty Python. Recall their Spanish Inquisition sketch:
Chapman: *I* don’t know – Mr Wentworth just told me to come in here and say
that there was trouble at the mill, that’s all – I didn’t expect a
kind of Spanish Inquisition.
(The door flies open and Cardinal Ximinez of Spain (Palin) enters, flanked by
two junior cardinals. Cardinal Biggles (Jones) has goggles pushed over his
forehead. Cardinal Fang (Gilliam) is just Cardinal Fang)
Ximinez: NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is
suprise…surprise and fear…fear and surprise…. Our two
weapons are fear and surprise…and ruthless efficiency…. Our
*three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an
almost fanatical devotion to the Pope…. Our *four*…no…
*Amongst* our weapons…. Amongst our weaponry…are such elements as
fear, surprise…. I’ll come in again. (Exit and exeunt)
Think of a similar scenario with the announced Philippine Energy Police. “No one expects the Energy Police!”
In other news: it’s springtime, politically, that is, for Senator Juan Ponce Enrile: Newsstand points out what a key player he’s been, and remains. Former senator Ernesto Maceda thinks Enrile, his old chum, is still with the opposition; he also suggests that the withdrawal of Rep. Eulogio Magsaysay was due to the politically-powerful Iglesia ni Cristo. Columnist Armando Doronila takes a more sober look at what the recent actions of the two (Enrile and Magsaysay) really indicate, politically. The Philippine Daily Inquirer simply calls it shenanigans in its editorial.
In the punditocracy, Jarius Bondoc, who has been a strong supporter of the President, now asks, is it all worth it? He points out that,
[Referring to the President’s announcement in 2003 not to run again for office, because she was a cause for division] Arroyo read right. Not only is the nation deeply divided. So are her own allies, who now are fighting over who should get bigger slabs of pork or more protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ©s appointed. In the end, they will not fight for her but for themselves. She will be all alone.
Is the Presidency worth all this? Anybody in ArroyoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shoes would be well advised to contemplate St. MarkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s evangelization: “For what shall it profit a man, though he win the world, if he lose his soul?”
What accounts for Bondoc’s publicly faltering faith?
Patricio Diaz thinks that the President’s creation of a commission to study and propose constitutional changes is actually a thinly-disguised attempt to draft a new charter according to her own wishes, because she doesn’t trust Congress. Australian policy wonk and columnist Peter Wallace pleads for Filipinos to embrace globalism.
The blogosphere has the lawyers all abuzz. Punzi recounts a lunch in which he and some friends bewailed the nitpicking on rules going on in the House. Edwin Lacierda looks at what his fellow lawyers have been saying on TV, and debates some of their points. Other bloggers range from political venting, too -in the case of Gari, against the country’s bloated debt- to more sociological observations, such as Sassy Lawyer’s noticing that cheap DVD player sales are up. Leon Kilat has an update on the gerrymandering attempts in Cebu province (which I wrote about some time ago).
Random Thoughts has a clever idea: the Salen-ga Awards, which he says, are
In honor of Prof. Edgardo E. Escultura, I am proposing the establishment of the Salen-ga awards. The Salen-ga awards will be given to that exemplary Filipino who has contributed to the development of Filipino’s interest in science through the propagation of their crackpot theories…. I propose that the award be given every 5th of May to commemorate the day when the Manila Times reported that Prof. EEE had disproven Andrew Wiles proof regarding Fermat’s Last theorem.
The Jason Journals reports the blogger’s experience not once, but twice, with Succubi.
Blogjam dot cow insists even if you get attached to the snails you’ve caught, they make a delicious risotto. From the comments though, it seems eating slugs can be bad for the brain, and that tarantula omelets don’t sound so hot.
And finally, via BuzzMachine, Doc Searls condemns “splogs.”