Women’s Day sad news is that Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim passed away yesterday, at the age of 89. She was a close friend of our family, and an outstanding public servant, educator, and civic leader; most of us know her as the mother of TV journalist Che-Che Lazaro. Rest in peace, Tita Fanny.
(The Filipino community in exile, Washington, DC, 1942; Estefania Aldaba-Lim is in the 4th row from the front)
The Philippine Daily Inquirer says Arroyo to use emergency powers again if needed: ‘It’s God’s plan I’m here’ (this story ruined village idiot savant’s breakfast).
Malaya also examines the President’s latest fiesty words: Practically describes ABS-CBN as seditious, irresponsible and has a story on the Speaker of the House being droopy: Joe tired of playing “big brother,” ready to hand over party-list 5
ABS-CBN online: SolGen: PP1017 flawed
The Daily Tribune rolls out a redesigned website (so much nicer-looking!) and reports that Palace to charge solon on bungled C-4 bomb expose.
Citizen Watch: Palace tells people not to join protests
The Business Mirror: Govt tracking sectors with brain drain
In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is Arroyo Can Only Buy Time Now, which magnifies (not recklessly, I hope) points I’ve made elsewhere, often. Read, too, the Asahi Shimbun editorial I partially quoted.
The Inquirer editorial points out millions of reasons why Estrada manages to be influential with the armed forces. A hard-hitting letter to the editor says Filipinos have to assume the blame for the mess we’re in. Belinda Aquino points to a list of dictators (thank God you’re not in Nigeria).
JB Baylon is skeptical about government appeals to keep the armed forces out of politics.
Alvin Capino suggests the emerging line of attack of Atienza loyalists in the Liberal Party split, is to attack former Senate President Jovito Salonga for senility (what else does “out of touch” with regards to a party’s elder statesman suggest?).
Leandro Coronel asks why good apples insist on ending up among the rotten.
In the blogosphere, New Economist points to a study which says workers want trust, not money; and that good government makes people happy.
Big Mango responds to Carlos V. Jugo’s critique.
Unhurried pauses to mull over the problem of a student.
Punzi plugs Atty. Teddy Te, whose personal blog, Vincula, has a blistering attack on GMA Anchor Mike Enriquez. Bunker Chronicles wasn’t pleased by the performance. Jove Francisco has his own view on the President’s guesting on Enriquez’s show -suggesting she is pursuing what atty-at-work calls her divide-and-conquer strategy there, too. Ellen Tordesillas details what she believes is a case of media intimidation aimed at the GMA network. I didn’t see the President’s appearance on Mike Enriquez’s show, and I don’t think the GMA people are cowards; as one person who is in the know described it, the GMa Network corporate culture is “dominated and run by lawyers,” so they simply prefer to err, if ever, on the side of caution, as corporate lawyers tend to do.
Batang Baler does media roundup on abducted Baler journalist.
By Karl has an interesting article by his father, on whether presidents should salute.
Pulsar encounters a possibly Gay ghost.