Speaker proclaims he’s 2 signatures shy of attempting his own, novel interpretation of the Constitution. Meanwhile, senate hearing today, even as various petitions opposing the so-called “people’s initiative” are filed. The initiative, some groups claim, are riddled with fake signatures (see also the PCIJ report). A Comelec employee, jamesjimenez, says the poll body is now in a pickle. comelec AKO, who also works for the Comelec, says the various opposing petitions contain strong arguments. Newsstand delves into the burden on the shoulders of the Supreme Court.
Biggest loser under the parliamentary system? Overseas Filipinos.
Central Luzon proclaimed liberated from Communism (is Palparan a modern-day Napoleon Valeriano?).
Palace official gives up on reconciliation, belatedly recognizes that democracy requires an opposition, and admits that the cause of impeachment strikes a chord in the public. Also broadly hints that Palace is prepared to dispense with elections next year.
President gets cranky at the beach. Orders revamp of nursing exam authority (should it be abolished altogether?). Rejects students having to retake exams en masse.
President’s husband returns after meeting with German bankers.
Cagas debates Oscar Cruz on canon law: a no-brainer.
Secretary of the Interior suspends two mayors.
Brit businessmen ticked off at President. Palace issues soothing statement.
The benefits of belonging to the Chinese Communist Party.
In Thailand, Thaksin reminded he needs credibility to be sympathetic.
In Taiwan, a besieged President waffles over media appearances.
Google Earth fanatics.
Here’s something exceedingly curious, from an email sent to a list:
To all students and members of the UP community:
We have received reports of unidentified students hoarding copies of the *Philippine Collegian* in various buildings around the Diliman campus. Also circulated last week were text messages urging students to hoard following issues of the *Collegian*, saying “Get as many *Collegian* as you can,” and “Don’t let more students read it.”
Please be vigilant against hoarding. As the *Philippine Collegian*’s publishers, do not compromise your right to know.
In case of hoarding, please call the attention of nearby security guards. Or contact the *Collegian* office at 981.8500 local 4522, or the UP Diliman
Police at 928.3615. Any form of documentation will also be greatly appreciated. Copies of the *Collegian* in .pdf format may be downloaded from www.kule0607.deviantart.com.
Please circulate this message to all members of the UP community. Thank you.
The Editorial Board
You can find the Philippine Collegian online here, and download a pdf version of it, too. I took a look at their latest issue to find out why students would want to hoard it, and I can’t see any reason, unless UP has suddenly been infiltrated by military intelligence agents.
In the punditocracy, Tony Abaya, who is for the parliamentary system, however rejects the present proposal. Conrado de Quiros wants a petition for a snap election (last year, I explored one method that would make this, or similar ideas, possible).
Luis Teodoro writes a reminder of how the middle class was short-sighted during martial law and is being short-sighted now.
John Mangun on red tape.
Incidentally, I don’t want to waste space in my column on it, but if Justice Isagani Cruz ever went on the internet, he might be interested in this: is it further affiant sayeth not, or sayeth naught?
In the blogosphere, Red’s Herring does a cold-blooded analysis of media, ownership, and media’s political advocacies. Leon Kilat on an innovation: a virtual press conference.
Ellen Tordesillas says government’s response to the Solar oil spill has been painfully slow.
Philippine Politics 04: look kindly on the pro-impeachment congressmen who didn’t vote. RG Cruz thinks parading boxes of evidence around without opening them is an exercise in futility.
Edwin Lacierda waxes sarcastic over the so-called “people’s initative”. ExpectoRants thinks it’s dead; big mango believes it’s a case of misplaced zealotry.
village idiot savant on languages and the Filipino world view.
Exclamation Point is skeptical about the usefulness of honors sections in schools.
My Liberal Times visits Zamboanga.
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