That’s a text message sent by youths to other youths in France, in this story in the Manila Times. Today’s readings include:
ABS-CBN.com publishes the text of a four-part ANC series on the Consultative Commission for Charter Change, which makes for good reading.
The Speaker handily reasserts his leadership in a chamber that happens to include the returning prodigal son of the President.
Dong Puno delves into how collegiate basketball players are recruited; Alex Magno has a bone to pick with the Palace over legislated wage increases.
A reader sent me this link, to an article by Panjee Lopez in the Star. Read it:
A few weeks ago, someone else wrote me a letter of a similar theme. She said she wants to do whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best for her children but corruption in government has forced her to doctor her books, to keep her little business from shutting down. Again she chided me for being too idealistic. A wealthy friend minimizes paying off government officials in the line of business. She tells me I can go ahead and save the world but sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a businesswoman. But in my head I think yes, and a mother, too.
Much ado in the blogosphere. Newsboy is setting up shop in a new location, and announces that ANC reporter RG Cruz has a public blog He’s not keen, to put it mildly, on the Citizen’s Congress opening today). Philippine Commentary weighs in on the Citizen’s Congress, as discussed in my column yesterday, and concludes,
But let’s not kid ourselves. This thing is going nowhere with the public if it becomes a Leftist Ranting Session on US Imperialism, domestic feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism, a soapbox for every preacher of the religion of resentment to get up on and castigate the dastardly, dastardly US-Arroyo dictatorship. No matter how many nuns and priests show up. People aren’t stupid.
Amen to that.
Edwin Lacierda reacts to the President’s most recent speech, calling it a rant.
The Unlawyer dissects the Visiting Forces Agreement. Apropos of the scandal engulfing American soldiers accused of raping a Filipina, Jove Francisco reports on the curiously coincidental appearance of American diplomats at the Palace, peddling increased aid.
A curious story: Journeyist says that Bro. Eli Soriano of “Ang Dating Daan” fame, has asked his followers to prepare to march on the Palace. The reason is what he views as his church’s persecution by the government on behalf of the Iglesia ni Cristo.
Leon Kilat blogs about the 102nd summary (or vigilante) execution in Cebu City. JJ Disini comments on the PCIJ case and suggests that,
While the folks at the PCIJ complied with the TRO by taking the offending post down, I believe they violated it when they directed others to view it from an alternate source. Don’t believe me? Here’s the Google cache. It took me less than a minute to get it. When you search through the PCIJ Blog for the words “Jonathan Tiongco”, the post is the top result. See the results here.
(By the way, the Manila-Standard Today reports on the PCIJ case, quoting its columnist and blogger Sassy Lawyer’s views.)
Divergent Poles bewails the dropping in the ratings of political blogs (like mine). I’m not so sure if it’s due to to people tuning out when it comes to politics; I myself think it’s simply due to the expanding Filipino blogosphere and that always, regardless of what’s going on, Showbiz and lifestyle will always trump the political.
Belmont Club continues his formidable coverage of the riots in France (no longer just Paris).
Another Hundred Years Hence tackles the supposed “facelift” of Metro Manila.
Mamutong points out he’s basically given up on mainstream media and points to a blog entry in A VC which argues the future of media lies in a fourfold process: microchunking, freeing it, syndicating it, and monetizing it:
Leaving aside the rights issues, which I know are large, if I were a television executive right now, I’d take my content, microchunk it, put a couple calls to a video ad server in the middle of it, and let it go whereever it wants to go, safe in the knowledge that whenever the show is viewed, I’ll get to run a couple 15 second spots in the middle of it (which I could change whenever I wanted to and which I could measure).
Katataspulong has an amusing disquisition on the term May Asim Pa, which segues into a scurrilous but amusing entry combining Ronnie Zamora’s suggestion for the theme for Joseph Estrada’s inaugural address, and Estrada recounting an old chestnut about Quezon and the first flyover. An amusing example of political gossip.
Mongster’s Nest has a sensible rant about politicians plastering their initials on everything from official stationery to street signs., while Surigaonon says there’s a significant change going on in Philippine society:
But what makes this situation the right path is that we are passing a period in our history where we as a people become fully convinced the real importance of selecting the right leader. We learn that we will pay the consequence if we don’t select the right leader. Secondly, we also become united in demanding for a government who will propel or economy upward. There is no period in history where the Filipinos are more united in demanding for a better economy.