So then it’s the President saying “Im shocked, shocked, that killings are going on here!” No coincidence, it seems to me (see my Arab News column below) that in the wake of the visit of a top State Department official, the President’s suddenly reported “shaken” over the continuing killings.
Shaken by Washington, more likely it seems. Stirred into real action? I’m skeptical.
The debate continues: are political killings state-sanctioned? Or simply shrugged off by the state?
Meanwhile, Gen. Palparan ignores the courts.
Jove Francisco recounts how the press caught the Palace fudging things. The noise about OWWA funds isn’t going to get away -here’s yet another can full of wriggly worms. Anyway, Ii’s about time: government charters PAL plane for Lebanon evacuees. (Update: President orders evacuation of Lebanon).
Impeachment requires fewer than 79 signatures. Ellen Tordesillas notes proponents of impeachment are being harassed.
Indeed: why not one laptop per child in RP?
Onion imports stopped. Good.
In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is A Sword of Damocles Over the Head of Arroyo?
The President, to be sure, should be thanked for a revival of Philippine political satire. Manuel Buencamino describes the President at the hospital; JB Baylon looks into the future and suggests what the President’s post 2007 elections conversations will be like.
Overseas, it’s the calm before the political storm in Thailand:
This is the calm before another storm, obviously, but we should enjoy it while it lasts. This peaceful break is precious, because the great national divide is still there and Thaksin is not going anywhere. Add the possibility of Chat Thai leader Banharn Silapa-archa becoming the next prime minister, with Thaksin pulling the strings from behind the scenes, and we need all the rest we can get.
Let’s sit back and prepare ourselves for the most peculiar, crucial, and educational election campaign in modern history. Don’t believe any of the preaching from politicians about the virtues of harmony and reconciliation. For all our flaws and immaturity, we should be experienced enough to know that the next election is not about reuniting the country, but about camps of irreconcilable views reaffirming their stances and wearily giving democratic means to co-exist another try.
In the blogosphere, a promisingly witty satirical blog makes its debut: Ang Bagong Maharlika (lovely how each entry is “decreed” by Apo Andy redux).
big mango points to the need to foster a culture of excellence.
baratillo@cubao describes the pro and con sides in the “people’s initiative” battle as essentially sterile efforts. blurry brain has a similar attitude with regards to the old pro-Marcos, anti-Marcos divide.
Achieving Happiness braces herself for the return home.
village idiot savant is uncomfortable with embracing medical tourism.
Buwayahman is ticked off by people who don’t mention sources.
News that the old indestructible, Fidel Castro, has temporarily relinquished power. Slate covers chatter in the blogosphere on the subject. A very insightful blog entry on the manner in which Fidel’s passing, when it happens, may mercifully mean not a senseless restoration of the ones who lost the revolution and those who subsequently fled, or the utter ruin of those who still take pride in the revolution. Berkeley Bubble on Fidel’s temporary replacement -his brother- and other “Fidelistas.”
Maureen Lycaon gets spooked by a BBC documentary on supervolcanoes.
An internet phenomenon: conspiracy theory documentary makes waves.