Newsbreak Magazine turns five years old with its current issue (hoorah!). Three articles make for particularly compelling reading:
Itsy-Bitsy Spiders and Little Ms. GMA takes a look at the various anti-administration groups (or is it groupies?); the characterizations and descriptions seem objective and accurate enough (note: I am among the convenors of the Black & White Movement).
The other two articles focus on the armed forces and rebellious members thereof. In Trillanes: Faeldon Was On His Own, the magazine reports how Faeldon (escapee du jour for some time) gained his 15 minutes of fame despite his comrades failure to sanction his escape attempt. In The X Factor, Glenda Gloria (widely respected for her contacts in, and knowledge of, the armed forces) tackles the probability of a coup attempt (mixed, it seems).
Despite its being slightly overtaken by events, Tony Abaya’s column is making waves: it’s just the kind of conspiracy theorizing that makes everyone drool.
Rebel soldiers call on people to take to the streets vs GMA (see their manifesto, whose style may account for why no epidemic of red armbands seems forthcoming).
In other news, Top spooks cover up for Gloria, admit junking all wiretap probes.
Undersecretary Juan Miguel Luz has issued a manifesto-statement on a recent decision by the Civil Service Commission in favor of the President’s assertion of powers over the civil service. The famously independent-minded Solita Monsod (she’s argued that Arroyo won, doesn’t look kindly on coups, but is also skeptical of Charter Change) has waved her cutlass at the administration on this issue, saying Goodbye to good governance.
Connie Veneracion objects to the Jollibeefication of the Philippines.
Sad news: the domain registration for Malaya Newspaper seems to have expired. I’ll miss the columns of Carmen Guerrero Nakpil and JB Baylon (Ellen Tordesillas remains accessible due to her blog).
John Mangun has a column defending English and decrying its vanishing status here.
US Vice-President Dick Cheney mistakes a crony for a quail: or, Does Dick Cheney Know How To Hunt?
Another goody from Slate: how world leaders call each other up (and deal with prank calls).