Most papers say it’s the fourth, the Daily Tribune says it’s the fifth: another explosion took place, anyway. Interesting is the Manila Times’ Johnna Villaviray-Giolagon’s take on who might be behind the bomblets (they’re little bombings, after all): or to be precise, her putting forward Norberto Gonzalez’s take on the bombings being an anti-government effort similar to the “Light a Fire” effort during the dictatorship. That reminds me, I should find out what Fr. Romeo Intengan SJ’s attitude towards those martial law bombings was.
The best defense is a good offense: Cha-cha protest gathers 10,000 in Negros Occ. and so,Ã‚Â Gloria allies slam bishopsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬ËœmeddlingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. But also, for every bad cop, there’s a good cop: Dictatorship? No way Ã¢â‚¬â€ GMA. And if you can’t beat ’em, smooch ’em: ChaCha advocates pin hopes on Villar.
The President accepts Ambassador Albert del Rosario’s resignation. Lurid speculation accompanied the move, but having met him (and his staff), it’s best to say RP envoy to US gets his wish to quit post. He tried to resign more than once prior to finally managing to do so this time around. Newsstand, though, thinks the whole thing smacks of politics trumping performance.
In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is Why Rizal Went Bravely to His Death.
Gail Ilagan in her column reacts to a comment left byÃ‚Â reader Anthony Viduya in this blog concerning one of her previous columns. She reminds people that throwing the “Communist” tag about is not a healthy thing to do in this day and age. And yes, I am a fan of her column.
Nu’ain Bin Abdulhaqq contends June 12 as independence day provides the pretext for Moro independence.
Tulsathit Taptim speaks glowingly of the Thai monarch’s 60th accession anniversary.
The other day, Maureen Dowd penned a tart look at blogdom, after attending the anniversary party for The Daily Kos (half a million readers! every day!). Her point: new media seems a lot like old media once it reaches a certain critical mass. John Dickerson in Slate discusses the give-and-take and the difference between American liberal and conservative blogdom’s attitudes towards media.
baratillo@cubao reviews -and fondly remembers- Nick Joaquin’s A Question of Heroes. Which makes me speculate that the Greatest Unwritten Filipino Novel was Nick Joaquin’s El Camino Real, which ended up being a play on Aguinaldo and his historical failure to seize Manila. I watched the play, ages ago, and it was marvelous; and had it been a novel, it would have beatenÃ‚Â “The General in His Labyrinth (Vintage International)” (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) by twenty years.
And then, finally, this, accompanied by a counter-offensive by death penalty proponents: