Even as the President’s allies both from Lakas and from Kampi decide it’s better to pour oil on troubled waters, what’s emerged is something that’s always been there, but now being publicly debated even with the ruling coalition’s circles: the competing agendas of the President and her allies.
Regarding Plan B as revised, I recall some lawyers saying that the case for a unilateral House proposal for amendments has a greater chance of success than the so-called “people’s initative.”
My Arab News column for this week is Will Arroyo Step Down in 2010 in Return for Immunity? The Inquirer editorial takes a look at how a need for immunity might be affecting the intramurals within the governing coalition.
Columnists look at the Supreme Court’s decision: Jose Sison says the court didn’t end up a trier of facts; Marichu Villanueva recounts how Justice Carpio may have had a falling out with Fidel Ramos over the people’s initiative question in the 1990s. Jojo Robles says the Defense Secretary has broken ranks and should quit. Manuel Buencamino thinks the Supreme Court slapped Singaw black and blue.
Amando Doronila thinks pressure on the Supreme Court’s going to be even more intense.
Greg Macabenta says, don’t worry, as long as there’s food and drink, we’ll never have a revolution.
Bong Austero says a case pending before the courts on Mirant Philippines bears close scrutiny.
In the blogosphere, Sysiphus’ Smile has a very interesting entry taking the Singaw efforts from a statistician’s perspective. Read the questions posed and the findings from analyzing survey data. Philippine Commentary takes the skeptic’s view.
the warrior lawyer (an interesting fellow, he says he was in the Sulo Hotel during the Ramos campaign) discusses what the press may be getting right or wrong in pitting the President versus “The Firm” (and he has a part 2, too: his conclusion? “The Firm” has dumped the President).
the bystander lists down official reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision.
Purple Phoenix is unimpressed with the administration’s senatorial lineup.
History Unfolding says the American media is self-censoring and refusing to call what’s happening in Iraq what it is: ethnic cleansing.