In Thailand, the PCIJ’s Shiela Coronel reports from Bangkok on Thai reactions to the arrest of three members of their Electoral Commission. The three continue to be in jail, denied bail by the Thai Supreme Court. Prime Minister Thaksin is reportedly in shock, and presided over a rather droopy convocation of his party. There is the problem, though, of filling the vacancies in the Thai electoral watchdog.
Sobering reports in the Inquirer and The Manila Times on Filipinos affected by the Lebanon crisis.
Human Rights Commission warns the country may be blacklisted by the UN.
Ratings firms caution that the President’s planned infrastructure is well and good, but the government has to raise more cash.
Joc-Joc Bolante asks for political asylum; Michael Ray Aquino cops a plea; Black & White files latest impeachment complaint.
The Inquirer reports the results of the latest survey on public opinion concerning Charter Change. The Manila Standard Today trumpets the results as a triumph. Read the survey results, which have a plus or minus 3% margin of error for national results:
Charter change now, or later?
Now: 40% (biggest in Mindanao, 41%, and Class E, 47%)
Not at present: 38% (biggest in Metro Manila, 45%)
If a plebiscite were held today, would you vote?
Would vote: 40% (Class E is the group most likely to vote, 49%)
Would not vote: 38%
What’s the best way to amend Constitution?
People’s initiative route: 48% (increase of 8% from March)
Constituent Assembly: 28% (no change)
Constitutional Convention: 23% (down 7% from March)
Have you heard of the signature drive for Charter Change?
Are you in favor of the method used to gather signatures by Charter Change proponents?
Specifically if you’re aware of the signature drive, do you approve of the manner in which it’s being done?
So, if a plebiscite were held today, only 40% of Filipinos would be sure of voting in it; almost the same number seem inclined to boycott. There’s a statistical tie on whether or not Constitutional change is called for at the present time.
A large plurality believes that if the people themselves could propose amendments, it would be the best way.
But with regards to the means being pursued at present, large majorities are skeptical and disapprove: particularly among those who say they have heard of what’s going on. This last finding, is of course, being conveniently ignored by the Palace.
A beaming President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo confers on 2005 Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman the Order of Lakandula with the rank of Champion for Life during a Testimonial Lunch Wednesday (July 26) at Malacanang’s Rizal Hall. Quigaman was conferred the award for besting contestants from other countries in the 2005 Miss International beauty pageant. (Rey S. Baniquet-OPS-NIB Photo)
Gawad Kalinga village named after dead astronaut who had a Filipina wife.
Growth industry: porn production outsourcing moves to Philippines.
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Rootin’ tootin’ regime.
Pundits continue to buzz about the State of the Nation address: Juan Mercado, and Lito Banayo, and Tony Abaya and H. Marcos C. Mordeno all opine.
Billy Esposo quotes Fidel Ramos: the detention of Bolante, he thinks, may be an American effort to engineer an end to the President’s hold on power. Esposo and Ramos have also apparently decided to anoint a potential successor, to be announced in Esposo’s column next week.
Ashraf Ismail on why Israel can’t win. And, was the address by the Iraqi Prime Minister ghost-written by the White House?
In the blogosphere: Ricky Carandang dissects a beauty queen’s charges against Estrada and how they may be hokum.
Catholic bishops in Congo supporting election boycott.
Alleba Politics points to Botante Kami! An electoral-information site.
Open Source bill filed in Congress.
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