Let’s hope the Supertyphoon doesn’t do as much damage as expected.
More news on Plan A, and on Plan B. What’s Plan C? Elections as scheduled. What’s Plan D? Adding elections for a constitutional convention, which could then produce a charter before the 14th Congress can get its act together and mount a 3rd impeachment.
News of divisions within the President’s cabinet, and outright hostility toward Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, Jr. (a former law partner of Justice Carpio) may just be sour graping and an attempt to find a scapegoat on the part of Palace lieutenants (as Max Soliven seems to think).
Update: see the Malaya cover story on how it thinks the President herself pulled the plug.
Still, the Inquirer editorial reacts to criticisms of the Supreme Court and says three dangerous ideas are being floated:
These misinterpretations – that the high court’s deliberative process is ultimately political, that last week’s vote was a defining exercise in patriotism, that the Supreme Court oversteps its constitutional boundaries when it takes judicial cognizance of plain reality – all undermine the high court’s place in our democratic project. Of the three, politicization is the worst offender, because it subverts the judiciary’s very nature – not in one swoop, but slowly, in small doses of political poison.
Comelec AKO thinks the Chief Justice is simply out to get elected. Amando Doronila takes up the cudgels for the justices, too. J.A. de la Cruz says, don’t pin the so-called “people’s initiative” woes on “the firm.”
Are the Democrats capable of snatching defeat from a widely-assumed victory? The Guardian wonders. Visit electoral-vote.com for daily updates on the congressional race in the USA.
Features: Newsbreak on just how disappointing the Ombudsman is (very). Susan A. de Guzman on a Fabian de la Rosa exhibit at the Jorge Vargas Museum. Ruby Towers earthquake remembered.
The Manila Times editorial says historians should be sorting out lingering unresolved questions in Philippine history.
Seah Chiang Neeh on a growing danger to Singapore’s ruling party due to its leadership being divorced from the everyday experience of the public.
Here’s one of the most curious editorials I’ve ever read: the Japan Times on Japanese who end up disappointed with Paris.
More views on the Supreme Court’s decision from Atty-at-work and Red’s Herring, who delves into the hybrid nature of the Philippine legal system. In Philippine Commentary, he delves into survey methods.
The Ignatian Perspective suggests how OFW’s can help the motherland.
The Filipino Mind reproduces Roland Simbulan’s prescription for ensuring the University of the Philippines resists the globalization bandwagon.