Fallout from the New York Times editorial continues: Bunye says NY Times buying opposition lies and the Philippine ambassador to the UN writes a letter: RP envoy refutes New York Times editorial: Invites NYT editors: “Visit the Philippines“. The problem is, the NYT reporters have been here. During the lead up to the state of national emergency in particular. More coverage: Officials rebuff NY Times editorial and New York Times under opposition influence? I don’t know what’s sillier: the government line, or Philippine media asking the US Ambassador to comment. Definitely, the Palace was more than irked: Jove Francisco describes how it went into full counter-offensive mode for the evening news. He says he smells fear: and if pundits have pointed out Filipinos are rueful that we don’t have a king to intervene, he asks: what if Uncle Sam is still king?
Thaksin is still the talk of the town: the Inquirer editorial suggests the fall of Thaksin signals an ongoing redefinition of democracy world-wide. Amando Doronila says one primary lesson from the Thais is that people power failed. Dan Mariano wonders if the Thai experience isn’t a bonus for the parliamentary cause. The Manila Times reports Thai media doubt Thaksin’s motives for stepping down.
Also, Michael Tan discusses the Filipino concept of shame.
Curious story of the day: JdV says he will be ‘last Mohican” in PM race. The real story within this story, though, is the counter-preparation for Senators fanning out around the country to campaign against amendments.
Malaya says, P1.6B poll modernization fund seen fueling GMA’s Cha-cha train while the Daily Tribune discusses Funding the Cha-cha Express.
The PCIJ blog has two former Constitutional Commission members offering contrasting views on amendments.
On the economic front: Inquirer reports, ADB cites factors stunting RP growth; Warning: Don’t rely on OFW money while the Manila Times says RP economic takeoff in near term ruled out.
Is it just me, or between the Asian Development Bank and the New York Times, are foreign observers suddenly chipping away at all the administration propaganda lines?
An interesting piece: what Americans can learn from the impending fall of Italian PM Sylvio Berlusconi.
In the blogosphere, ExpectoRants has interesting thoughts on linking, journalists who blog, and political minorities and majorities and factions.
Red’s Herring on how attitudes towards constitutionalism aren’t keeping up with how democracy has evolved.
Ed Driscoll discusses blogging and the workplace: the rules are fuzzy.