The meeting of the Council of State was blogged about by journalists Jove Francisco (who thinks former President Ramos came out ahead) and RG Cruz (who carries useful snippets from the statements of some participants). The papers have different views on what the meeting actually accomplished:
Ramos: no-poll “disaster waiting to happen” (Manila Times)
Council rejects plan to defer ’07 election (Standard-Today)
ChaCha promotional arm gets P5m outlay (Standard-Today)
Dean Jorge Bocobo will be tickled by this news item: Davide rewarded with Palace post. Incidentally he, via Philippine Commentary, thinks the President’s game plan is clear: Cha-Cha is a circus but she doesn’t want anything changed.
Uniffors has the funniest reaction to the Council of State (but closest to the truth of what transpired).
An article in Slate that will appeal to Filipinos: “As I Was Saying to the President?”: Washington and the art of the “glory wall.”
In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is Do Americans Realize the Growth of Anti-US Alliance?
The Inquirer editorial suggests the President’s cabinet members are engaging in Suicidal provocation. On the subject of coups, Alvin Capino discusses the literature on the subject. Carmen Guerrero Nakpil has a gloriously venomous column on the silly season last week.
Big Mango dissects the proposed amendments to the Constitution. Red’s Herring tackles People Power and the distinctions that help define it. The Professional Heckler asks what if the President were a pugilist?