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Feb 02

My reply to Jose Abueva

Today’s news-worthy news:

CBCP: Quit option stays -Lagdameo explains pastoral statement

Palace panics, readies CPR, EO vs protesters

Malacañang says PCGG chief on his own in talks with Danding

In the punditocracy, My column for today is Prisoner’s lament, my reply to Jose Abueva’s letter to the editor.

The Inquirer editorial notes with bishops joining the call for the Comelec to, in effect, quit, and the Comelec chairman publicly refusing to, any effort at reform is futile, for now.

Today, I must say, is a good day for columnists. There are days when you read a columnist and realize why they’re columnists. Exhibits a, b, and c:

Connie Veneracion has what I think is one of her most brilliant columns to date: Government as a stock corporation.

Gail Ilagan, whose columns are always provocative, writes on how blogging has touched her (and not in a particularly good way). Sorry about that, Gail. She defines the distinctions that exist and should exist between opinion writing and teaching.

Juan Mercado subtly whittles away at the PCGG’s objections to revealing information to the Senate, and in the process shows why Senate inquiries can be a good and necessary thing.

The Arab News editorial blasts George W. Bush’s latest State of the Union speech; John Dickerson in Slate found it too partisan and sneaky. I am naughty enough to say that, predictably, Philippine Commentary loved the speech.

In the blogosphere, Edwin Lacierda takes up the cudgels for the Black & White Movement in response to questions propounded by Ricky Carandang.

Madame Chiang makes some positive comparisons between the Philippines and Hong Kong. Speaking of Kowloon Side, etc., Thoughts, Ideas, Etc. from Hong Kong tackles the real levels of influence of Filipino political blogs.

Publishers are miffed at Google, says Poynteronline. BuzzMachine, paladin of new media,  says the Old Media,  dinosaurs are whining, that old-fashioned journalists are hell-bent on trying to control bloggers, but also points to an interesting effort, the Blogictionary.

From Yuga: blogging taught by academe!

Mediashift does a roundup on views and opinions on the burning blogdom issue of the day: to monitor, or not monitor or restrict, comments (answer? it depends!).
Online Journalism Review tackles how to make Wikipedia better.
MediaShift asks, since you don’t have to own a physically tangible thing like a CD or a vinyl album, or a DVD to enjoy music and movies anymore, what will be the shelf life of the new, purely electronic, media?

Captain’s log has already pointed to a simply ridiculous entry by some utterly unsophisticated Americans on their first encounter with Jollibee food. Filipinos got angry. So Captain’s log says in a follow-up entry, the writer of the original entry decided to keep egging on those she made angry. My answer to Filipinos offended by what those Americans wrote: brush up on your roadkill recipe (including the hoity-toity versions) jokes.

Will be at Media Nation 3 so no updates until I return.

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  1. john marzan

    manuel, do you still use your gmail? check your inbox.

  2. a de brux

    MLQ3,

    Congratulations for “Prisoner’s lament”.

  3. mlq3

    thanks a de brux

  4. Susan

    Manolo, Bravo! for Prisoner’s Lament – moving. A deep sense of betrayal comes through, not to mention the frustration and desperation that many share.

  5. dodong

    In the Philippine government as stock corporation, the corporate profitability is in red ink. But the board of directors keep on declaring cash dividends on limited class of stockholders (elite, politicians, etc). The majority common stockholders are just wondering what happen to their worthless share of stock while the board is asking from them more contributions through vat.

    Manolo, great work!
    It is very enlightening to learn of manipulations that is going around by Arroyo government and its rubber stamp legislative.

    Thanks a lot of opening our eyes.

  6. Marcus Aurelius

    Jollibee!

    Those stories on eating at Jollibee was pure trolling and they had good bait.

    Anyway, I found Jollibee to be a good place to eat. Their big burger was good, the chicken joy was a …. joy! The spaghetti was good Filipino style spaghetti.

  7. Marcus Aurelius

    The Jollibee tirade was funny.

    In any event Filipinos must remember Jollibee is for them and if some Kanos want to dis the food there, so be it.

    Chicken Joy is a … joy! The burgers at Jollibee were pretty good too as were the fries and the spaghetti is good Filipino style spaghetti.

  8. dodong

    I agree that DENR should be given P1 budget in 2006 for selling the coastal areas to foreign investors. The department is tasked to protect its environment and natural resources, and not selling them to the highest bidder. Development can be done without selling to the disadvantage of the local folks.

    Take a look at Hawaii. The coastal areas are owned by the state. The state leases the land to hotel developers after series of consultations and approval from the locals. In Hawaii, development, ecosystem and public welfare are protected.

  9. karl

    Dodong, that is Hawaii
    In our beloved country lands owned by the state deteriorates.

    Long term lease is a turn off for investors…
    They want ownership…If they own they would take care of what they own.

    That is why if the provison of foreign ownership does not change many companies would have millions of dummies.

    On a final note…Bravo to the prisoner’s lament article and its author!

  10. dodong

    Sadly, it deteriorates because the national government is blind to the concerns of the local people and is quite detached from properties.

    The local government is more active and concern of the value of its coastal areas and livelihood of its people. Laws should enable ownership by the local government with a proviso that it cannot be sold to private entity. Also, the local government with its resources can effectively police the area against squatters.

  11. fencesitter

    of course, i love Jollibee! i liked their burger than burgers of other fastfood of american origin. Masarap ang timpla, malambot pa and the bun, masarap talaga.

    americans usually prefers bland foods. they are tasteless.

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