The news continues to fly thick and fast, mainly along the lines of this headline: Probers: Show staff triggered stampede (Standard-Today)
Even as ABS-CBN issues a new statement on its activities, the grim and remorseless criticism continues: a good summary, particularly the kind emanating from National Democratic circles, is Luis Teodoro’s two-barreled blast against capitalism and religion (though typically, they aren’t beyond dragooning religion into The Cause when useful). Alternation 101 weighs in, says all the networks are guilty of using the poor, and rather hopelessly calls for an advertising boycott. In Mindanao, Aveen Acuna-Gulo wants a change in programming. In her column, Connie Veneracion recounts online reactions to the tragedy and her own analysis of shows like Wowowee -built on the cunning assumption that there’s no limit as to how low people will go for a prize. Myla Iglesias talks about prizes -the best one being the discovery of a relative who survived the stampede.
I got a surprising number of text messages and such from people in response to my column yesterday, besides some highly-appreciated links (thanks, Four-eyed Journal and The Unlawyer). Many were asking for more details about the paper from which I liberally quoted.
Really, there ought to be a law providing for:
1. The study and certification of venues for crowded performances;
2. The certification and accreditation of Certified Crowd Managers;
3. and incentives/requirements for large venues to have Certified Crowd Managers managers.
Speaking of laws, the bLAWggers are pushing foward the debate: Punzi’s Corner Blog as usual, packs an intellectual wallop with his explanation of criminal negligence and anxillary topics. Responding to statements by the Secretary of Justice, Edwin Lacierda discusses the need for a sober investigation and wonders if the network can be expected to have the same liability as, say, an airline or steamship company. Still, the question of culpability is now the central one, and as World Famous in the Philippines points out, may extend to the host of the show, Willie Revillame, himself.
On other subjects:
Timely, considering the President of India’s state visit, is The Unlawyer on India’s bad rep in the Philippines; the Indians may not have such a keen opinion of us, either: there’s Philippines? Why, it reminds us of Bihar, from the Times of India, which extensively quotes Indian embassy reports on the political situation. I myself wish there were closer ties between the two nations, which achieved independence only a year apart, and after the most remarkable, peaceful independence movements in the colonial world.
My editor in the Arab News newspaper, who’s in the UK on a grant, wrote that Re-publishing cartoons is stupid and offensive (in response to the controversy involving Danish editorial cartoons portraying the Prophet Mohammed). Today, Rasheed publishes responses to his article, ranging from the reasoned to the impassioned.
Arroyo’s US trip uncertain? Interesting that all the effort is being made for a non-event: addressing the National Press Club in DC is no big deal, unless part of a larger state or working visit.
MediaShift has interesting online video search results.
Bambi Harper discusses Alfredo Roces’s latest book: an overdue defense of the Ilustrado as Filipino.