The inevitable started at 2am and as of this writing, is still going on. See my liveblogging of the House plenary session. Read RG Cruz’s entries, here and here, and here on the goings-on, and an epilogue. Final score, 173 to 32. Reps. Datumanong, Villafuerte and Lagman did a yoeman’s job defending their president. Boos and hisses for those like Reps. Paras, Martinez, Jaworski, etc. who switched sides to save their hides.
The Manila Hotel (and other hotels) are reportedly filling up with governors and other local officials, preparatory to the “people’s initiative” being filed with the Comelec on Friday. One Voice is having a press conference this morning to discuss the issues the filing will raise.
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Pinautusang Manok.
John Mangun dissects the circumstances surrounding the Guimaras oil spill.
Michael Tan dispassionately discusses gay rights.
Juan Mercado on the Redemptorists.
The Nation of Thailand asks if Thaksin is unstable or just cunning.
Christopher Hitchens takes a pot shot at Gunter Grass.
In the blogosphere, Red’s Herring calls the dismissal of impeachment an extrajudicial killing.
Continuing commentary on Justice Cruz: there’s Read this and die who thinks the Inquirer’s editorial is damage control. Radioactive Adobo thinks a tremendous opportunity has been wasted by the gay community and it has harmed itself. Laksa-laksang Lagusan thinks debates are essentially headed to kissing and making up anyway. Pinoy News, Pinoy Views thinks live at let live.
Bryanton Post on the Inquirer publisher’s apology on the headline to the paper’s story on Jim Paredes’s emigration.