In amendments news, Most Filipinos don’t want shift to parliamentary gov’t–poll. Here are the results:
More on the above from the PCIJ.
In South Cotobato, Move for people’s initiative in SoCot goes to Comelec.
Don’t wish for a Thaksin-style solution: Angara: RP in deep trouble if Arroyo resigns. Anyway, Palace: Filipinos feel situation here much brighter.
Too soon the race? Tight PM race seen; Joe de V no shoo-in.
In other news, Senators launch Gloria-quit drive. Bad move. It will come back to haunt them in case a second impeachment effort succeeds.
I’ll swap one case if you let us win the bigger case? Gov’t offers to junk CPR, says it is just a “catch word.” And Chief Justice wants CPR scrapped (read the Inq7.net report, too).
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Overheard at Barangay Bansot.
The New York Times aims a double-barrel editorial blast at the President:
…President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has completely lost touch with the ideals that inspired that 1986 “people power” movement.
Mrs. Arroyo is no Ferdinand Marcos, at least not yet. But this onetime reformer is reviving bad memories of crony corruption, presidential vote-rigging and intimidation of critical journalists. Unless the Philippine Congress and courts find ways to rein in her increasingly authoritarian tendencies, democracy itself may be in danger.
Benito Lim discusses how any political impasse can only be solved if both sides are willing to give in a little -and how, at present, no side seems ready to do so.
Amando Doronila thinks the Thaksin solution won’t happen.
Fel Maragay thinks that a second impeachment attempt is doomed.
Tony Abaya fulminates against the railroading of amendments.
Billy Esposo thinks a purely military solution to insurgency is no solution at all.
The blogosphere has Gray Spectrum examining the implications of the House passage of the anti-terrorism bill.
Torn & Frayed with an interesting outsider’s view on what he calls the Christian hegemony in the Philippines.
Jove Francisco covered the President’s birthday, marred by some comments by the President’s elder half sister. Bong Austero decries the lack of civility in handling that the chief executive’s birthday. His entry reminds me of something my father’s sister told me once. She said as a child, she developed the habit of praying for her father so that he’d be guided to be a good president. She kept up the habit with all subsequent presidents, even Marcos, whom she opposed. Why pray for him, I asked? She replied, all the more you have to pray for someone, when you disagree with them.
Now What, Cat? explains that her policy when it comes to links, is to link only to positive links. Newsstand explains his policy when it comes to comments. baratillo books cinema @cubao looks at commenters and the names they use.
Newsstand also tries to determine what fixed terms for military officers might really mean.
The Mischievious Boys join Google Idol.