My immediate boss in the Arab News, Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, has commentary on the Subic rape case appearing in the Arab News, in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and his own blog (which was the first to publish his op-ed piece, actually). He says there are still too many questions left unanswered.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer editorial today hits at the Secretary of Justice but sounds a cautionary note about the trial to be, itself. The editorial comes in the wake of reports that either the accuser will recant her testimony, or that the case might get bungled because the Filipino driver of the van is now a defendant. The latest eyewitness testimony seems to be clarifying the case: the victim was dumped because the soldiers were rushing to make it back to their ships.
And the Garcillano drama continues: The Daily Tribune and the Malaya newspaper both headline that the First Gentleman recently met with Garcillano in Zamboanga del Sur. ABS-CBN Interactive reports on the new petition filed by Garcillano’s lawyer for the Hello, Garci tapes to be ordered inadmissible as evidence (there’s an earlier one asking the high court to invalidate the warrant of arrest issued under the direction of the House). The Manila Standard-Today and the Philippine Star report members of the House are circling their wagons: they defend their arrest order and their investigation. (This is a good time to review things like the Jesuit Guidelines for dealing with the Crisis: see the guidelines and commentary by livingplanet).
Philippine Commentary tackles the issue in depth, and says the burden of proof is on the opposition to prove the following:
(1) To prove that WHOEVER wiretapped the conversations were GUILTY of violations of the Anti-Wiretapping Law, and acts of TREASON against the Republic if equipment and personnel of the Armed Forces were illegally used to spy on candidates in the 2004 national elections (whoever they were).
(2) To prove that EVEN IF such material had been illegally acquired, the PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW surpasses the putative RIGHTS of the STATE to protect itself, which was the TRUE SPIRIT of the Anti-Wiretapping Law.
May topak thinks it’s all squid tactics. (Speaking of squids, sort of: from Free Republic, the news India is poised to develop a nuclear submarine.) And back to squid tactics: The Public Thing appeals for more civilized and enlightening debate to help resolve crises and conflicts (this blog has the potential to be quite intriguing; the author describes himself as “a former member of Special Project Alpha under the Directorate for Intelligence, Philippine National Police and defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF)”). Another new, potentially quite interesting blog is Mindanao Alerts (latest post is on what to expect in a government-MILF peace deal).
Here’s something interesting from The Bangus Supremacy: is blogging incestuous?
I’m not American but I really dislike the xenophobia propagated by the BushWorshippers. The right way to tackle threats is this, as suggested by ZenPundit with regards to Chinese espionage in the USA.