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Jan 09

I’m back. Who’s glad?

Former president Fidel V. Ramos just had a highly peculiar press conference. He seemed as irritated over his lack of readership as he was concerned with the direction of the country.

What did he say during his confused, confusing, rambling and ranting press conference? The periodic references to the paper that publishes his column aside (and periodic scoldings of the press for not reading his commentaries) aside, his basic point was that the President has to step aside (eventually), parliamentary government has to be established (eventually), and that he has not parted ways with anyone (though who knows what will happen eventually?) and that he predicts that eventually, the poor just might take to invading the gated communities of the rich (possibly eventually).

He did have some nice things to say about the need for people to come together, and trotted out the “this country is like bibingka” analogy he adores, together with the Philippines “as one team” of more recent vintage. But the hard political truth is that he blinked -he’s given the President an additional year in office, saying the idea she should step down in 2007 when she completes six years in office “is meritorious.” Give an inch, and the President will take a mile. Another year, after all, is another year Ramos is closer to the grave.

My column for today is Parting wisdom, which tackles the parting advice to the country of the late Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma.

Regular updates to this blog will now resume, thank you for bearing with the week-long hiatus.

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  1. jhay

    Welcome back good sir!

    Another year, after all, is another year Ramos is closer to the grave.

    I still remember the first time I heard you said this back in July at the “Let the Light Shine aNew” forum, in DLSU, and it has stuck in my mind ever since.

    Pagkakataon na talaga sa kabataan.

    Time really waits for no one, and it seems that FVR and JDV can’t wait anymore either.

  2. Sidney

    I hope it is not too late to wish you a happy new year! I wish you the best in 2006!
    Always a pleasure to read your columns and your blog.

  3. dodong

    FVR as trained and educated at West Point is very diplomatic, tactful and calculating. He advances one piece at a time and for GMA to respond (or not to respond). Let us see how this whole thing will unfold.

  4. jove francisco

    yahoo! welcome back.

  5. Helga

    So glad to have you back, M! There is so much to do. But before we put your nose to the grindstone – Happy New Year, dear!

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