Tonight on The Explainer, 6-7 pm on ANC, comparing and contrasting the presidential with the parliamentary system. Guest will be Dr. Kiko Magno of DLSU.
In the news: number of Filipino refugees grows.
Impeachment hearing opens today. Palace is full of bravado: including crowing the Hyatt 10 are on the verge of surrender. From Emy Boncodin: no, my job in Petron is not an accomodation courtesy of the Palace.
Mayor Atienza: it is not true Pacquiao is running, he simply wants to help, he is merely loyal, and wants to be a Manila voter, but I will neither confirm nor specifically deny he will run, though he may, or may not, but remember always he’s a good and loyal guy.
Bolante wants asylum hearing moved to Chicago (fewer Filipino journalists there?)
Bayani Fernando says, turn football fields into parking lots. His original idea, stop chauffering kids to school and put them in school buses, was more sensible.
In the punditocracy: the administration’s policy has been to keep the public in the dark, says the Inquirer editorial.
Rene Azurin reminds us of something crucial: what’s on the table is shifting from presidential to parliamentary, and bicameral to unicameral. Nothing else. Any other changes would be step two.
Tony Abaya: sending coast guard vessels is silly; but the offer of a Greek shipping tycoon to help is more practical and should be accepted.
Connie Veneracion: people aren’t a commodity.
In the blogosphere:
Black & White Movement asks House to take impeachment charges seriously, and calls for congressmen who received fertilizer fund scam funds, to inhibit themselves in the Committee on Justice.
That they won’t listen to a reasonable request is what convinces many people there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell we can expect fair or free elections next year, as Philippine Commentary observed on TV.
In ThirtySomething: Indonesia insists on Bahasa Indonesia, although it seems there’s an effort to come up with a common language for Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. I wonder why no one has proposed adopting Bahasa here.