Tomorrow night on The Explainer on ANC: understanding surveys.
Fight to the death: Panfilo Lacson will go for the Manila mayoralty; which makes Atong Ang even more of a strategic necessity.
Anyway, even as the President’s son prepares to carpetbag his way to victory in Bicol (which makes its anti-dynasty war cry the pot calling the kettle black), the Palace goes on the offensive versus a not-particularly-inspiring lineup for the opposition. But if you think the opposition slate sucks, the administration slate is -well, nonexistent. (Read Efren Danao’s depressing digest of failed anti-dynasty legislation).
Want to bet the coming sale of government shares in PLDT will be in aid of the coming elections? The action’s going to be in government owned and controlled corporations and its private sector holdings, since looting the treasury’s going to be a bit tougher during campaign season.
Newsbreak continues its interesting series on local governments and their finances: focusing on health expenditures and taxing businesses.
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Practical languages (on a related note, see A Nagueño in the Blogosphere for news on the DepEd’s decision to suspend implementation of its 2001 review of the alphabet) .I’ve already gotten emails from readers wondering about my strong statement against Catholic schools that insist on an invocation before the national anthem. Readers may want to refer to my column, Country first always.
Fr. Joaquin Bernas SJ once again explains the difference between constitutional amendments and revisions; the Inquirer editorial thinks the idea that the House can ignore the Senate is pretty hare-brained.
Manuel Alcuaz, Jr. gives a rundown of election automation proposals -and attitudes. Bong Austero isn’t too keen on criticisms of the beautification of Cebu City.
And Capitalism’s moral bastards, courtesy of Paul Zak.
In the blogosphere, it’s interesting to me how the political scuttlebutt in the States mentions Rep. John D. Dingell, one of the most powerful but low-key of House Democrats. Before the elections, I had a chance to spend an evening with the Manila chapter of Democrats Abroad, and when I mentioned Dingell they all knew him.
Last year I was able to pay a visit to Rep. John Dingell, who is now the longest-serving member of the US House of Representatives. He was my father’s high school classmate and friend. At the time we last met, a Republican defeat seemed a remote possibility, and like many Democrats, Dingell seemed droopy but defiant. Now he’s back in power in a big way.
He seems headed towards a more flexible attitude towards global warming (an interesting entry is how his constituents are working out how to lobby him to adopt a liberal attitude), and in favor of energy sufficiency; and he’s in favor of net neutrality.
TPM Cafe’s Rachel Kleinfeld says the old political distinctions between liberals and conservatives is obsolete. I don’t know about that, but read History Unfolding for a sobering look at the difficulties that might arise, if people are too quick to assume a Democratic victory will reverse US policy in Iraq:
As I think about this more and more, what seems remarkable to me is that the US has hung on to so much influence in the Middle East for so long. That was the achievement of the GI and Silent generations whom Baker, Hamilton, Scowcroft and Bush I still represent, but their work has been destroyed by their Boomer offspring, who suddenly wrote off the Arab regimes (such as Syria) that had actually been doing their best to be friendly. This may well have happened anyway; the last six years have accelerated the process.
Punzi says the President’s order to utilize alternative means for dispute resolution will fail.
Ellen Tordesillas (who got a death threat recently) points to the damning testimony of a printer.
Bunker Chronicles says constitutional change has become a circus.
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