In the news today, the Inquirer reports El Shaddai mobilized vs signature campaign. Apropos of administration claims of the economic advantages of parliamentary government, Rene Azurin disagrees: More graft seen under parliamentary system.
the Manila Standard-Today says Palace approves measures to ease oil price crunch (though the Philippine Star, which alas, is useless to link to, says “It’s final: VAT on oil stays”). The Business Mirror clarifies: OUT OF MENU: SUSPENSION OF E-VAT AND CLEAN AIR ACT, 4-DAY WORKWEEK: Cabinet OKs oil-tariff cuts.
So government thunders: Rallies face stricter PNP: Policemen to follow “no permit, no rally” provision of Marcos era BP 880 (Manila Times) and “Dangerous” protests will still be dispersed (Manila Standard-Today). What protests are those? Malaya says, Moment of truth on May 1 : Palace, protesters seen headed for confrontation despite SC ruling
In the Business Mirror: 63% of local companies think they will do better this year: Filipino SMEs feel optimistic.
PCIJ blog reports on the Palace testing its political messages through polling. The Social Weather Stations explains why it could disclose it’s having been commissioned to do the test:
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Lambino’s lapse. Relevant to my column are the following: Philippine Commentary’s blog entry which I quoted from in my column, as well as this comment by jumper in this blog, as well as Erwin Rafael’s draft of a letter to the editor, which I also quoted from. Actually the comments to my entry yesterday are quite interesting on the subject of claimed hits/visits.
Connie Veneracion wonders if government is really serious about promoting healthy lifestyles: it could much more to target junk food, but isn’t. Certainly, although any government would balk at attacking fast food companies that provide jobs and contribute to the economy, there is plenty of room for official intervention through providing incentives for companies and schools that substitute nutritious food for junk food, or which orders a ban on soft drinks and sugar drinks in all schools.
Ma. Ceres Doyo looks at Filipino media-sponsored climbers of Mount Everest.
Overseas, in Slate, commentary by John Dickerson: Shooting an Elephant: Why Republicans are screwed. Republicans are in a kind of panic that only a third of Americans approve of Bush. Our President should be so lucky.
An interesting set of speeches by the King of Thailand, addressed to the Supreme Court and other judges: HM the King suggests a solution: Now, there was an election in order to ensure democracy. But if Parliament lacks a quorum, it is not democratic. There’s something ironic, of course, in a King having to insist he has no powers and tell judges they have to understand what democracy means. Most eloquent, though, is the King’s call for judges to realize the country should not sink first, before rescue attempts are made.
In the blogosphere, Edwin Lacierda thinks the Chief Justice is too talkative. Vincula says the Supreme Court’s decisions might require more decisions. Atty-at-work says verifying signatures risks Comelec officials being charged with contempt.
Carlos Celdran is foursquare for Charter change. Bunker Chronicles presents a biblical reason why heckling presidents is a no-no. Demosthenes’ Game with a further riposte to Manuel Buencamino’s low opinion of the middle class.
Ellen Tordesillas on the Binirayan festival in Antique Province.
Coffee with Amee on what it means to be an American migrant.
Nostalgia trips: Wendell Capili waxes nostalgic upon hearing the news Chat Silayan’s passed away. May topak recalls Bataan propaganda during the New Society. Four-eyed Journal recalls the Chernobyl disaster (remember when people were nervous to buy powdered milk from Holland, based on the rumor of Chernobyl radiation raining down on the pastures munched on by European cows?).
Curiosities: Filipino Librarian is puzzled by an apparently popular Google fetish for library hanky-panky. crash pad has social commentary: Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition: the players symbolize the future of the Philippines. The Rocketboy Chronicles points to a great collection: 18 or 19 Movie Monologues We Think Are Really Neat!