October 2005 archive

Spymania

Tweet My Arab News column for this week is Spying on the US Makes Manila Look Bad. Related reads are Jove’s recent reports from the USA, and a curious article in the Manila Times, concerning an American “mystery ship” off Mindanao. Spymania! The punditocracy offers up the following for our delectation today: the Inquirer editorial …

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How to fail

Tweet Interesting reads today are Marit Stinus-Remonde on whether communist rebels are terrorists or merely bandits; Tony Abaya and his pointers on how not to go about trying to topple a government; Dong Puno on what he sees as conflicting views within the administration as to how to accomplish charter change; Alex Magno bewailing the …

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Fear your own

Tweet My column for today is Fear Your Own (hat tip to Philippine Politics ’04 for raising my blood pressure enough to get me thinking on the topic). A good (as in in gives you an idea of what Whitey thinks of us lil’ brown folk) rundown is in Belmont Club, pay attention to the …

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Chasing Teddyboy

Tweet Tonight I’m appearing on Y-Speak more or less defending reality shows. Was a fun experience (the episode was pre-taped). Watch it on Studio 23. Scuttlebutt is, everyone commenting on the supposed anti-terrorism law, are making comments not on any definitive bill, as approved by both the committees on Foreign Affairs and Justice, of the …

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The “vision thing”

Tweet While Newsstand seems the first to blog about it, Philippine Politics ’04 is suitably impressed and points to the Right Wing blogosphere in the United States (led by the Drudge Report and echoed by Michelle Malkin) feasting on an ABC News story on espionage in the White House (it’s the shotgun approach, the story …

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Fertilizing victory

Tweet With Che-Che Lazaro of Probe, and PCIJ, providing the basis for the investigation, and Sen. Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. as the chairman presiding over the hearing, digging into the stink surrounding fertilizer funds has more gravitas than previous basis. That and of course, political titillation: the first-ever appearance of former Budget and Management Sec. Boncodin …

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Where Are the Freedom Parks of Philippine Democracy?

Tweet Arab News Where Are the Freedom Parks of Philippine Democracy? by Manuel L. Quezon III Last Monday Manila had not one, but two ticker-tape parades (well, confetti parades, since no one uses ticker tape anymore). One was for Precious Lara Quigaman, recently crowned Miss International, and the other, for boxers Manny Pacquiao (WBC super …

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President’s coffee talk on terrorism

Tweet Today was going to be all about me. Where Are the Freedom Parks of Philippine Democracy? is my Arab News column for this week. Leon Kilat publishes my answers to his questions on blogging. But someone called me up, frantically telling me to turn on ANC, and it turns out the President is holding …

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Blasting away

Tweet Not much time for an entry today. To either ruin or inspire your day, depending on your political alignment, there’s the writing duet of Bel Cunanan and Emil Jurado who are warbling and croaking, respectively, the official, authentic, Palace party line on, you know, the conspiracy thing, which was defended with operatic fervor by …

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On officers

Tweet My column for today is To Our Officer Corps. I think it speaks for itself. Just as the words of Gen. Vicente Lim in his letters to his children, first published for public consumption in the early 1980s (and I believe, recently republished by the AFP), continue to resonate among those who read them …

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Let’s all bitch

Tweet After all, even FVR, apparently, has begun to bitch: Newsflash: FVR demands apology from Presd’l Spokesman Ignacio Bunye for slur on retired soldiers. Gag order also wrong as FVR urges GMA to work for national unity as he expresses regret at the slow pace of moves to amend Charter. Break imminent as FVR leaves …

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