Fidel Ramos, in an exclusive interview with the Manila Times, criticizes President Arroyo for turning charter change into a “slow drag.” FVR among other things, criticizes the President for not even convening the Council of State.Ã‚Â Perhaps Ricky Carandang is on to something.
Uniffors examines why it makes sense for Garci to disappear before he appears before Congress next week. A must-read.
And Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil pens a deliciously incisive pen-portrait of the Secretary of Justice:
Pasty-faced, with slicked-down thinning hair and a redneck suit of clashing plaids, he made reference last week to the victimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s “panties,” as the most exciting thing in the preliminary hearings, and put forth rhetorical explanations for not seeking custody of the accused American servicemen. With housewifely concern, he argued against having to feed the Americans, pay for their laundry bills and, “what if they demand airconditioning?” No doubt the state of our finances preys on his mind, what with our squandering billions on fertilizers and Venable lobby contracts.
With many sidelong glances and sly smiles, he squirmed and quivered through a TV interview, as he reported the visit of the complainant to the DOJ building, and how he refused to receive her, making it all sound as if the poor girl were trying to arrange a tryst with an alpha male like him. He implied that he was only protecting his reputation. But that item has been in shreds since he presided over the canvassing of ballot certificates in 2004.
Part One of a Perspective Piece in the Business Mirror on how the Philippine economy has actually done not that badly (but also pretty badly) since the 1980s, makes for provocative reading.