As Ramon Jr. & Eloisa S. Mabutas point out, today is the birth anniversary of Elpidio Quirino. Some years back I wrote an extended essay on him titled Reverie on on/off Quirino (the photo of Quirino on the right was taken in the Executive Office, now the Quezon Room, and comes from the old Timepix archive).
The Daily Tribune confirms what was scuttlebutt yesterday: Sec. Michael Defensor is slated to be the next Presidential Chief of Staff, a position originally held by Rigoberto Tiglao.
Speaking of Defensor, the Inquirer in its editorial trains its guns on him and Norberto Gonzales (although the Manila Times reports that it’s Defensor being the hard-liner, not Gonzales). The editorial suggests the Palace is alarmed over the change in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ leadership; Conrado de Quiros welcomes that change but says the episcopacy has to go further still. JB Baylon aims his column at Defensor, too.
Inq7.net, the Daily Tribune and Malaya have their respective takes on the latest survey results: 84 percent want to know the real score concerning the Hello, Garci tapes; 53 percent of Filipinos feel the impeachment case should have been discussed more fully in the House; 31 percent felt there should have been a Senate trial; only 15 percent agreed with the dismissal of the impeachment complaint(s); the President is trusted by 24 percent of Filipinos, distrusted by 55 percent, the highest distrust rating for any president since Marcos. Furthermore, 58 percent of Filipinos believe their personal quality of life will worsen over the next year; 74 percent believe the national quality of life will worsen next year. Ellen Tordesillas has her take on the results, too. (Compare the survey with the latest Gallup poll on George W. Bush’s unpopularity).
Puzzling, even disturbing news: the Citizen’s Congress snubs vice-presidential candidate Loren Legarda. Bad move. And speaking of the real Congress, the House committees investigating “Hello, Garci” have come up with findings to its hearings that are actually in aid of legislation.
In the punditocracy, Filipinos Left Fighting for Crumbs is my Arab News column for today.
Benito Lim has an extended treatise on America, its geopolitical interests, and how Uncle Sam wants to shift its troops from Okinawa to, say, Mindanao.
Amando Doronila slams Senator Enrile (who slammed Doronila during the Commission on Appointments hearings for Doronila’s ill-fated ambassadorial appointment). Dan Mariano, in his Manila Times column, lauds ABS-CBN network’s internal investigation of Julius Babao.
The blogosphere has The PCIJ correcting some of its previous reportage on the goings-on in the U.P. College of Law.
Edwin Lacierda bewails the lack of English proficiency of some fellow lawyers. Apropos of the law, blurry brain says it’s wrong to think that the land occupied by foreign embassies is also foreign soil.
Thank God the Heritage Conservation Society has its blog up and running. It regularly reproduces the columns of my good friend Paolo Alcazaren, one of the leading lights in the historical conservation movement: one of his more recent pieces is a highly interesting essay on Forbes Park.
Another Hundred Years Hence asks an important question: why hasn’t anyone in the Philippines begun to advocate the $100 laptop? Brazil is set to get into the manufacture of the machines (complete with hand crank in case there’s no electricity) in a big way; the Brazilians envision reducing costs by doing away with printing textbooks, which could be loaded directly into the computers.
Vatican Watcher discusses Concordats, the treaties entered into by the Holy See with governments, often to define and protect the rights of the Church.
Presto Vivace hopes a way can be found, now that online publications are increasingly charging for content, to allow readers of blogs that link to for-pay articles, to pay only for reading specific articles.
Necessities department: Someone has to have a blog with blogging announcements, you know, like birth and death announcements. Sassy Lawyer has a new baby, her Party Journal (perfect for the holidays), while Eating the Sun says Baguio journalist Frank Cimatu now has a blog.
And just for the heck of it, courtesy of Poor Mojo Newswire: The Worst Olympic Mascots Ever.