(photo at right) Monkey see, Norberto do. Sec. Gonzales gets a potassium fix. Courtesy of Inq7.net
One of those days where too much has to be done too quickly. And so this belated entry.
My Arab News column for today is How Karaoke Has Taken Community Singing to Frightening Heights, which will surely make me unpopular with the KTV crowd. My PDI column, The Rule of Law, makes reference to my continuing antipathy for the provisions of the Penal Code on rebellion and subversion
The Palace has appointed 33 members of a consultative commission on constitutional amendments, including Star columnists Alex Magno and Jarius Bondoc (PCIJ has the skinny on everyone). I only know one person who declined to be a member of the commission, and my warm congratulations to that person. Incidentally, a news report suggests Federalism is the price of peace in Mindanao.
There’s the continuing saga of the Spy vs. Spy affair, covered by Jove Francisco in New Jersey with this entry and this entry, making him, I think, the first Filipino blogger to practice international journalism; and while we’re at it, Max Soliven opines on the issue:
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deplorable is that the opposition leaders whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve admitted to having “received” e-mail from Michael Ray Aquino appear to have been interested in information from the FBI files derogatory to GMA and her government officials. If this is true, and I must say it still remains to be established, I must comment that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s abominable to resort to pawning through the garbage reports of foreign spooks whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been prying into our own countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s secrets. I guess itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s par for the course though if you believe in the old adage that “allÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fair in love and war.” And politics in the Philippines is no less bloody than war.
He has a point. Just attend US Embassy receptions. The food’s free, and you won’t get arrested (and you’ll pretty much arrive at the same conclusions the Americans arrive at). The whole thing, for some reason, reminds me of this scene from the Pink Panther:
Clouseau: Does your dog bite?
(Clouseau pets dog, which promptly bites him)
Clouseau: I thought you said your dog does not bite?
Man: That is not my dog.
Tomorrow I will be going to Cebu to speak at a conference about Gloriagate:
Dr. Victoria AveÃƒÂ±a of the Counsel For the Defense of Liberties (CODAL); Manuel Quezon III, Citizens for Truth and PDI contributor; Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales, AKBAYAN Party-List Representative; and Dr. Fernando T. Aldaba, chairperson, Dept. of Economics, Ateneo de Manila, will share their analysis about the present situation at the UP Cebu Conference Hall, from 1-5 PM , September 23. For more details about this forum presented by the Action for Economic Reforms and the Social Sciences Division of UP Cebu, please call 233-4708.
Hope Cebuano bloggers will drop by!
The punditocracy has Dong Puno marveling at how Sec. Norberto Gonzales got his job when he seems so… unqualified, but then that’s what we all said when Rep. Roilo Golez held the same post, so, well… Anyway, Tony Abaya ties all the ongoing news-grabbing events together and concludes it paints an ugly picture about the President. H. Marcos C. Mordeno views the insistence of Marcos loyalists to have their hero buried in the national cemetery as stupid; speaking of Marcos, Lito Banayo recounts he had with (the real) Ninoy Aquino on the subject of the real Makoy; and yet on another Marcosian note, Connie Veneracion compares FM to GMA. JB Baylon recounting his depression at Haydee Yorac’s wake (I dropped by briefly and got similarly depressed);
The blogosphere has, well, an article on it by Max Limpag, which came out in the Sun-Star Cebu (yours truly, Sassy Lawyers and others were resource people for the article). Max Limpag, incidentally, is the fellow behind the Cybercafe Experiments, which I read to keep up with journalism-relevant technology.
The blogosphere’s abuzz, too, about Norberto The Silent: Newsstand (who, in another entry, says the hearings reveal a new plan of attack) caught only part of the coverage but concludes Gonzalez’s performance was catastrophic. As for the Benjamin of the journalistic blogosphere, Newsboy weighs in with his trademark style and some titillating scuttlebutt.
Expectorants weighs in against Marcos; Cat does everyone a great service by posting a proper timeline of martial law (people, the real date is September 23! That’s when people were arrested!); finally, Punzi annotates the Bill of Rights.