The President sets the terms for proclaiming an end to her emergency status. However, NSA chief rejects call to withdraw PP 1017 citing “there are still platoons in the Army that are unaccounted for, and members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines inside Metro Manila”; the same paper, the Manila Standard-Today also reports a cinematic plot: red flags to signal support for the Marines.
Speaking of coup attempts, the Philippines Free Press blog republishes two articles dating back to past coups: The Friday coup: they Almost won! by Teodoro M. Locsin and The anatomy of loyalty, by Edward Kiunisala.
PCIJ reports the NUJP website was hacked, and why broadcasters are nervous about new government rules. Anyway, as the Inquirer reports, Media still have to follow guidelines even if 1017 lifted.
Funny feature article for the day: Cory in full bloom, Gloria visibly wilting.
On another note: I remember snorting during the Saturday sermon of Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales for many reasons, but one was the repeated reference to him as “Cardinal-elect,” which betrays an ignorance of how the Catholic Church does things. Whispers in the Loggia points out the manner in which Cardinals are announced, and how they should be referred to until they actually receive the red hat from the Pope. Such people are “cardinals-designate,” since becoming a Cardinal is a dignity, a title, not one of the three Holy Orders (deacon, priest, bishop) of the Church. The ignorant and repeated reference to Rosales as “Cardinal-elect” is a phyrase only suitable to bishops, as the Church retains the historical fiction that bishops, as in the early days of the Church, are elected. A Cardinal is created” in the same way a Duke is “created” by, say, Queen Elizabeth II and for the same reason: it is a title, a dignity, which is why you do not even have to be a bishop to be a Cardinal (and, until very recently, you did not even have to be a priest or even a deacon: Paul VI, for example, considered making Jacques Maritain, theologian but not priest, a Cardinal).
Juan Mercado, who was locked up by Ferdinand Marcos at the onset of martial law, points to three truths about governments that attempt to control the press:
Lesson One: Suppressing the media is self-defeating.
Lesson Two: “In the long run of history, the censors and inquisitors always lost,” Cebu’s major newspapers said. “The only weapon against bad ideas is a better one.”
Lesson Three: Press muzzlers first seek out the weakest link.
The journalists that Marcos and Estrada tried to gag were there to report their downfall. That’s Lesson Four.
Manuel Buencamino lists down what government has done to incite sedition and rebellion against itself.
In MindaViews, Patricio P. Diaz discusses the targets of emergency rule, and discerns that while the proclamation was legal, the manner it’s being implemented is another story altogether.
Tony Abaya wonders if Communist infliltration of the anti-Arroyo efforts isn’t total.
Connie Veneracion dissects emergency rule and questions whether the wrongs the government seeks to right, can be righted with a possibly, if not wrong order, then the wrong methods of implementing orders. She concludes,
Sure, PP 1017 sucks. Big time. It is like seeking to right a wrong with another wrong because most of what it seeks to repress are wrong anyway–political power grabbing, military adventurism and even a licentious press. But the biggest mistake anyone can do right now is to get his attention deflected by everything that is wrong with PP 1017 and forget everything that is wrong beyond it.
While I tend to disagree with most everything Emil Jurado writes, I do agree that “Wowowee” shouldn’t be resurrected. But then, as I said before, I’d be happy to see all noontime variety shows taken off the air.
Larry Sipin says there’s always good news.
In the blogosphere, there’s a marvelously observant entry by Random Fandom on the government, media, and the participants in the Fort Bonifacio standoff. Read the whole thing.
Big Mango tackles truth and justice; he says neither side can claim both:
Both camps want righteousness— the Anti-Arroyo camp Righteous Truth without Justice and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Righteous Justice without Truth. That is not Truth and Justice. Neither case is the right path no matter our collective intention: see economic prosperity. All we have is drama, all sound and fury and at the end of the day, signifying nothing.
Captain’s Log shows how technological unsophistication can add to the political noise.
Concerns of a Bystander on the different stands people take in times of trouble.