Well, well, well. Merceditas Gutierrez, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, is named Ombudsman.
In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is Lessons From Garcillano: Arroyo Was Too Hands On.
Ellen Tordesillas tackles the holes in Garcillano’s arguments, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer editorial exclaims, Hello!? And in Cocktails, the skinny on why missprinted 100 peso bills appeared (great reading for banknote collectors; a friend told me the missprinted 100 peso bills currently sell for 400 pesos). The Business Mirror, which at last has a website up, has Luis Teodoro playing a scarlet Ebenezer Scrooge.
In the blogosphere, let’s start with All Thing Garci: Philippine Commentary asks, what if the “Mother of All Tapes” is in digital format? The public thing compares the situation to the story of the blind men and the elephant. JJ Disini echoes Edwin Lacierda about how the anti-wiretapping law might be inapplicable to the Garci case. The Unlawyer focuses on divisions within the Palace on how to handle Garci. Heckler at Large suggests 10 reasons we should be grateful to Garci.
RG Cruz covers the 2nd confrontation between lawyers for and against the Americans.
Hillblogger reproduces a letter by David Martinez, apologizing on behalf of the Baby Boomer generation for screwing up the country.
Eating the Sun announces that (Hoorah!) Butch Dalisay, noted author, now blogs.
Rasheed’s World bewails the aging of Jay Manolo more than the moralism of one of his movies.
Normblog points to how the Iranian government is is losing in its war against dissident blogs.Ã‚Â BatesLine links to a website focusing on famous resignations. Via Andrew Sullivan, a link to an essay by Charles Krauthammer, on The Truth about Torture (remember the famous NeoCon question: if you knew a major act of terrorism was going to be committed, and had a suspect in hand who might reveal information that could stop it, would you use torture?).
Badger Blog Alliance muses about ranking algorhythms (thanks for using my blog as an example: having painfully crawled out of the primordial ooze and made it to Adorable Rodent, I’m back to being a Crawly Amphibian in The Truth Laid Bear rankings). pu-pu platter named as book of the month a title that might make interesting reading for Dean Jorge Bocobo. And the winners of the 8th Annual Philippine Web Awards.
To Dream For Department: A Mac mini for the living room.
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