The President turns 59 today. Jove Francisco describes the festivities and those festive about it. The President denounces preparations for a possible impeachment.
A human chain is vowed; do they need a permit?
Contending views on several questions makes for particularly fruitful reading today.
On the news from Thailand, called a Triumph of democracy by the Nation newspaper: An OFW from Hong Kong reflects the jubilation in certain quarters over the Thai premier’s declaration he will not form a new government, and the hope that developments have some sort of effect over here. Demosthenes’ Game thinks its a ludicrous stretch and points to Western views saying so, too (and that thinking Thaksin should be praised is not a smart at all). The Arab News has a good editorial on the Thai premier’s fall from power. Patricio Diaz thinks comparing Thaksin and Arroyo is a useful exercise. Commenter emilie in this blog thinks the comparisons aren’t useful or valid.
PCIJ blog reports on a survey-based anlysis by Mangar Mangahas of Social Weather Stations. Philippine Commentary takes a look at surveys, survey results, and how people interpret them and what they really say. Commenter domingo arong in this blog makes a very interesting point: with 60% having voted against the President in one way or another in 2004, why is it the overall percentage of those opposed to her now is lower than the 2004 election percentage?
From the Sun-Star Cebu, a statement provokes a counter-statement: Arroyo pushes Ch-cha- for political gains: bishop and People’s initiative critics “fear loss of public post“.
Two reports on oral arguments before the Supreme Court: Manila Bulletin and Malaya.
Love and Light recalls a discussion comparing Japanese business owners to their Filipino counterparts.
After All contends with some views put forward concerning Winnie Monsod.
Red’s Herring on achieving system change: and balking at it.
Atty-at-work puts forward Vaclav Havel’s thoughts on power and those who hold it.
Interesting reads: Gail Ilagan on aggression and Jack Shafer on the succesful redesign of the New York Times online edition. Fifty nine years later, the Philippines Free Press blog looks back on the plebiscite of 1947.
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