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Oct 18

Jurado sabotaged by editor

Pardon me, but your Freudian slip is showing. Compare the synopsis on the main page of the Manila Standard-Today with Emil Jurado’s real column:

Short Version A:

Former President President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is right. Malacañang and the police have nothing to apologize for when a motely group of three bishops known to be anti-GMA, priests and nuns cum opposition politicians were “cannonized” with a fireman’s water hose when they challenged the “no permit, no rally” and the “no-no rally at Mendiola” last Friday.

Real Version B:

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is right. Malacañang and the police have nothing to apologize for when a motely group of three bishops known to be anti-GMA, priests and nuns cum opposition politicians were “cannonized” with a fireman’s water hose when they challenged the “no permit, no rally” and the “no-no rally at Mendiola” last Friday.

A naughty editor somewhere? Tee hee!

The real news today is the latest addition to Sec. Leandro Mendoza’s empire in the Department of Transportation and Communications: as this Tribune story indicates, Mendoza, who does not enjoy the reputation of being a nice guy, to put it mildly, among some media people in the know, and who has been bruited-about as the designated commander of the President’s anti-coup task force, has been given control over the National Telecommunications Commission. In effect this gives Mendoza purview over essential installations, ranging from seaports to airports, the Coast Guard, telegraph, wireless, and telephone communications, and radio and TV. Just the sort of things you want your designated muscle to have authority over.

Cause and effect department: Bishop Teodoro Bacani blasts the government; Brother Mike Velarde of El Shaddai expresses displeasure with the government; the Palace backpedals on rally policies (Dean Jorge Bocobo may be right on the money: the Palace has blinked, and might be better off beating a strategic retreat). But never mind, Bel Cunanan continues to chirp a happy tune.

[Right: President Arroyo accepts the credentials of His Excellency, Carlos Eduardo Sette Camara Da Fonseca Costa, as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Philippines Monday (Oct. 17) at Malacañang’s Rizal Hall. (Exequiel Supera – OPS-NIB Photo)] My caption: “Here is the bill for Garci’s hotel stay, Madam President…”

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Ricky Carandang finally weighs in with his findings, so far, as to where in the world former Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garcillano might be:

Curiously enough, it seems Remulla is being given the runaround by the Department of Foreign Affairs. A query was sent to the Argentinian government, but it seems none was sent to the Brazilian government. No effort has been made to communicate with Remulla about the results of their queries, or if the queries were even made.

Jove Francisco is apparently back, and has resumed observing the President with gusto. My favorite Communist blogger bares her soul in yet another elegantly-written entry. And Vatican Watcher thinks the rapprochement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China is an error (he has a good point: surely the ruthless persecution of Catholics loyal to Rome won’t stop, just because the State-controlled Church reunites with Rome).

I’m leaving tonight for a conference in Washington, D.C., so updates will most likely be highly irregular until I return.I’m going to try to record some of my thoughts while traveling and see if I can turn them into some sort of Podcast. Sorry Yuga, won’t be seeing you at the PCIJ Blogging Conference.

For the nonce, here are some reliably interesting blogs:

The exponent of blogging-as-journalism is BuzzMachine in the USA, while Leon Kilat in Cebu City seems to be the most wired and net-savvy professional journalist who blogs (at least to my mind). Both can be relied upon to integrate journalism with the world wide web and developments of a technological nature therein. Another media person at the cutting edge of everything is iBlog: podcasting, vidcasting, blogging, he’s done it all, and extremely well. TV anchors have a model for blogging in The Daily Nightly. For all things aesthetic, Kottke.org is always choc-full-o-fun. For all things movie and TV related, there’s The Rocketboy Chronicles (for the best guilt-inducing Celebrity trash, there’s Conversations with Famous People). For everything cultural, both highbrow and pop, there’s Walk this Way. For everything food-related, there’s Market Manila. Travel-related? Check out FriskoDude. and After a long hiatus, Cogito Ergo Sam has returned as a consistently good read. The best Filipino humorist on line remains Kwentong Tambay.

And as for other matters. Edwin Lacierda has a new blog, Saklawlaw, dispensing free legal advice. And how’s this, Splintered thoughts from a bleeding mind, for a soothing-looking blog?

And as for this (from the official government portal):

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It should be classified under “recycled, discredited symbols.” I’ts too eerily similar to the symbol of Marcos’s New Society. Those of us of a certain age remember that well.

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  1. Zach Harden

    I hope you enjoy a trip to my country. Please let me know how it goes 🙂

    Zach Harden

  2. Alex

    Truly boneheaded and epic. Maybe Jurado should have the editors “cannonzied”, too?

    Bon voyage. Say hi to Michelle Malkin for us.:)

  3. jove francisco

    have a safe trip manolo.

    enjoy the fall weather, a respite from the hot political climate here.

    and also…immerse yourself sa shows like COMMANDER IN CHIEF and THE WEST WING… and see on teevee the administrations na sana ay meron tayo.

    update us.

  4. kulas

    Godspeed MLQ3!

  5. kulas

    I notice in the list of invited guests of MLQ3’s conference in Washington that Mr. Evan P. Garcia, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Philippines to the U.S. has not accepted the invitation to participate. Siguro takot tamaan ng EO 464 he he

  6. joselu

    Oscar Orbos bit his priest brother, he was “cannonized” first!!!!!

    it’s healthy to step out of the country once in a while so as to see that there is still some hope left hehehehe, enjoy your trip Manolo

  7. joselu

    Only in the Philippines do the authorities have to apologize when they where doing their duty.
    the unwritten law:
    ordinary citizens/demonstartors get no apologies when “canonnized”
    Elderly,sorts of priest,bishops & nuns must be apologized too!(preferably use warm water so as not to endanger their health)

  8. smooth

    ingat sa viaje! 🙂

  9. taipan88

    Godspeed M.!

  10. a de brux

    Was Estrada removed constitutionally?

    When lawyer Alan Paguia said Estrada was removed unconstitutionally, he was disbarred by the Supreme Court (SC).

    Now, it seems people have come to their senses — they are coming to the same conclusion or are at least, asking the question.

    The breakdown in social and political disorder of the magnitude we see today started from the day the Constitution was breached by the very people who were supposed to uphold it for the common “tao” — President Estrada is almost incidental.

    What the justices of SC, the Vice President (Gloria at the time), the generals, the legislature and the civil society did — the manipulating and the plotting by a few from these institutions to bring down the presidency, no matter who he was or how he behaved with women, without due process of law — is totally unacceptable. That they should try the President and send him to the gallows if found guilty —without shortcircuiting the Constitution — would have been the right and the only moral thing to do.

    It’s never too late for a nation to rectify a collective moral and legal wrong.

  11. sleeping with who

    MEMBERS of the Black & White Movement are putting their heads together at this very minute, trying to reach a concensus on the best post-GMA option to push for. The 300 or so participants at today’s assembly taking place at the Ateneo High School covered courts have broken up into 15 workshop groups to discuss the possible scenarios presented by various speakers:

    I see that Ateneo is using school property and school funds to try and unseat a President..

    Unless all the Parents have agreed to fund this i think it is unethical, But then again lets look at the catholic schools now, PAY for a degree, Pay for a basketball spot….

    I will not be hiring from Ateneo, DLSU,or UP ever again, the employees from there have never performed well in a working environment anyway.

  12. joselu

    sleeping, those black&white characters are really a bunch of desperate people!
    La salle made a mistake of offereing their facilities to bukluran then & if i’m not wrong the parents protested why school facilities are used for non academic matters.
    Now it seem Ateneo is doing the same.
    I don’y know what to think anymore!
    Is it that we pinoy are slow learners or just really impossible learners!!!
    sleeping, it seems our educational system has faied a lot.private or public.
    Our Catholic schools are out to make money & really cater more to the rich.

  13. joselu

    Bukluran of tubig at langis lead by Bro. Armin Luistro, representing the same school that can’t even play an HONEST UAAP game is at it again!Forming their latest “peoples court”!The comis must be very flatered & elated to see that their ways are catching on.
    Watching the news w/ media people interviewing the clows makes me wounder why media people never ask the right question such as.why can’t they wait for a year to pass & bring out their issues?Why is it that they are so in a hurry of not lossing momentum?Why even form anything that has no bases in the constitution?
    It seems that media people only enjoy the “power” & the “perks” that come w/ the title but never the responsibility & fairness.They would be confrontational w/ the administration but keep quit & just let anyone opposing the administration talk.Don’t get me wrong.I’m for fairness & objectivity.

    The Senate seems to be going through withdrawal symtoms.Since they can’t pratice their obsession of in “aid of distabilization”.Now they are making an investigation of THE OWN E-VAT LAW they passed!!!
    Thje 13th Senate has passed only 4 Laws since July 2004!
    Drilon gave a lame excuse of quality to quantity.Seems like out of 4 laws quality is still a problem.I wounder why.Waht have they been doing all the time?
    Now Pimentel wants that all investigation be wrapped-up.I wounder why?Has the Senate swallowed more than it can chew?will it come as any surprise if they don’t come p w/ any conclussions to their endless “aid of BS” investigations?

    The economy is moving even w/ all the political noise.Imagin how much more we can be w/o the hypocrits dominating the media.I’m sure the majority of people want to go on w/ life knowing very well that those making noise are up to no good anyway!!!!!
    At the end of the day, who is it that is drugging us down and making life more dificult then it is?

  14. sleeping with who

    Yep as you stated.

    Bukluran of tubig at langis lead by Bro. Armin Luistro, representing the same school that can’t even play an HONEST UAAP game is at it again!Forming their latest “peoples court”!The comis must be very flatered & elated to see that their ways are catching on.

    And what did the UAAP say today about a Catholic School that thinks its above reproach..

    The inversigation was a whitewash and that they are disapointed in DLSU actions..

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