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Malaya reports that rebel soldiers have launched a website, Sundalo Tagapagtanggol ng Pilipino. Benjamin Pimentel interviews Erwin Ver, son of Gen. Fabian Ver: Twenty years after Marcos’ fall, his former guard talks about the regime and the crisis in the Philippine military ( he reiterates that Marcos assumed he was fleeing to Paoay, Ilocos Norte, and not Hawaii).
Supplemental budget submitted -but as a supplement to what?
The Speaker is optimistic about Constitutional amendments; Palace announces provincial funds to be released as a matter of course.
Lebanon-related items: A tiff is going on over whether or not there are adequate funds for evacuating Filipinos from Lebanon (see link to Ricky Carandang below: the Americans, for one, charged fees for their citizens to be evacuated). Sec. Andaya says its a communications snafu, and nothing more.
Ricky Carandang publishes an email from a Filipina-American recounting the atmosphere in Beirut prior to her managing to evacuate the city. 1 Too Many Peaches has been calling friends in Lebanon and details some of the experiences recounted to them (driving through a tunnel at 160 mph every morning to go work, etc.).
(Cartoon from Harper’s)
The thinking of some American conservatives, such as The Strata-Sphere are a bit too Gotterdamerung for comfort. Belmont Club challenges some assumptions about what the news means. Compare his views with Chris Doidge’s blog, which tries to calculate how long it would take Israel to achieve military success, based on official Israeli figures. Whiskey Bar views the conflict in terms of the discomfort it’s causing what he calls the American puppet governments in the region.
A Slate Magazine article says Iran is winning. Harper’s has an article tackling scuttlebutt of a possible American military deployment in Lebanon. The article, in turn, points to an item in The Independent that analyzes potential outcomes.
Other things overseas: the Italian Watergate: because of an alleged CIA abduction. The Nation of Thailand is lukewarm to PM Thakisn’s call for reconciliation. Jailed Election Commissioners remain defiant.
In the punditocracy, the Inquirer editorial looks into the Bolante and Aragoncillo cases.
My Liberal Times says in France, blogging has been integrated into the body politic. In the PCIJ blog, an entry on political battles and multimedia. barako cafe [points to a blog that points to another blog…. [thanks mamutong]) on how blogs are affecting the legal world.
Metroblogging Manila notes a curiously self-contradictory news article.
McVie Show Season 4 engages in an orgy of culinary punning.