Most ironic headline of the day: the Philippine Star’s Moment of truth for Garci. ABS-CBN Interactive reports congressmen have 3 minutes each to grill Garci.
Alvin Capino says Virgilio Garcillano has embarked on the “peanut butter approach”:
The strategy that Garcillano is apparently taking is the so-called “peanut butter approach.” In coming out with names of politicians who have also called him, he is trying to dispense the guilt hoping that those who might have been caught on the illegal wiretapped tapes talking to him would have less of the culpability.
Of course it does not work that way. The peanut butter approach merely spreads the guilt around and does not clear anybody at all.
Garcillano can only clear President Arroyo of all suspicions if he directly confronts the issue of the Hello Garci tapes. He says that the tapes that the public have been hearing were spliced and had been corrupted. He should explain why this is so. Evading the issue of the wiretapped tapes would not help clear the name of the President nor will any move to implicate other people including leaders of the opposition.
Philippine Commentary is convinced, though, that Garci’s gambit is to hide behind the concept of statements on the tape being sub judice, and thus forbidden, because he’s filed a case before the Supreme Court questioning the use of the tapes as evidence. PCIJ quotes similar views from Ramon Casiple. The Free Press gives it’s usual punchy rundown of the impending testimony.
My Arab News column for this week is Rebuilding the Walls Separating Church From State.
There’s a very interesting interview of Vinay Bhargava, a World Bank expert, on corruption in the region. Jarius Bondoc notes that Filipina news anchorwoman Veronica Pedrosa has joined Al-Jazeera. Carmen Guerrero Nakpil suggests Filipinos may be turning fascist. Greg Macabenta waxes historical about Manila and Acapulco. Ambeth Ocampo quotes a clever student’s email and concludes, “if our heroes had blogs, life would be more complicated for historians.” John Siegenthaler condemns anonymously-written and inaccurate entries in Wikipedia.
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