Yesterday was, as the fashionable term goes, one of those uber busy days. Mainly spent traveling. I accepted an invitation to address a gathering of priests who were celebrating their reunion at the Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol, the diocesan seminary of Imus (located in Tagaytay). The topic was the present political situation. We had a relaxed, freewheeling discussion, and I basically asked the priests to reflect on two questions: how would they, as citizens and priests, react to Charter Change, particularly if the heirarchy decides to strongly oppose it; and how will they react, in the absence of immediate guidelines or a consensus among the bishops, should a coup attempt (succesful or not) take place?
These are questions of some urgency for everyone, I think.
In today’s news, the DailyTribune reports, Magdalos have support in AFP – Palace.
Manila Standard Today says US wants Clark perks restored.
Business Mirror reports Filipino businessmen being stressed out: the country is the third most stressful nation in the world to do business in, says a poll. This naturally segues into Connie Veneracion providing an OFW’s testimony as to why braving the dangers of the Middle East is worth it -after all, a potential war is as nothing if you’ve been repeatedly subjected to “invitations” by the New People’s Army.
Bravo! The magnificent Ortigas Library of Philippine and Philippine-related books is open to the public. I’ts composed mainly of the libraries of the late historian Gregorio Zaide and the late Morton Netzorg, in his time the leading dealer of Filipiniana in the United States.
In the punditocracy today:
Apology not accepted is my column for today.
Carmen Guerrero Nakpil’s philippic against present-day media developments has been making the rounds and received wide praise.
Fel Maragay has a roundup and analysis of ongoing Charter Change efforts.
Juan Mercado on the dangers of the insular mentality.
Manuel Buencamino cogently argues against mining.
Slate’s roundup of Dick Cheney crony shooting cartoons.
In the blogosphere, rich pickings:
In the scuttlebutt department, Banketa Republique says former Senator Vicente Paterno, widely admired for his integrity, is about to disown the Constitutional Commission he participated in (there’s a remarkable statement from the Makati Business Club: an attempt to prop up the Constitutional order? At the very least, valid talking points concerning Constitutional change); Ricky Carandang says people approached to fill vacancies in the Comelec have been rejecting proffered appointments and delves into the dilemmas faced by two prospective nominees.
My Liberal Times compares and contrasts the political crises going on in the Phiippines and Thailand.
Edwin Lacierda recounts being a Namfrel volunteer in 1986.
Ca T examines RSS Feed hijacking (sinister and scary!).
After All warns of crowds at a Bangus Festival.
manila, you’re not that ugly, on haunted places in the Philippines.
Pinay in Barnsely has a hilarious entry I absolutely sympathize with, on walking.