The big news today is that foreign investors have (uncharacteristically) decided to put their weight behind the cause of human rights. It makes business sense: the news isn’t getting any better, and as the President’s last European trip demonstrated, people are upset. Bleating about “Communists,” in European countries where Communist parties are well-integrated, doesn’t hold water.
Liberals in the United States have also applied pressure on big corporations to be more sensitive to human rights issues, and union-busting overseas won’t hold much appeal in an America that’s just turned out big business Republicans in a big way. European and American investors could find themselves on the receiving end of pressure to pull out if the Philippines continues to be a place of political killings.
And investors represent, on the whole, countries whose societies don’t look fondly on officials running around having journalists arrested.
The Manila mayoralty race continues to heat up: Lacson makes overtures to Lim (both would otherwise carve up the Binondo business base between them); and Rosebud’s in the merry mix as a spoiler. The government’s bringing in Atong Ang points to an effort to blow up both the Lacson campaign and deflate Joseph Estrada’s increasing confidence he will be acquitted (Connie Veneracion has an interesting take on the whole thing).
But just in case, Plan C? or D? Or E? Is back on the table: convene a hand-picked constitutional convention. They might just keep Jose Abueva and friends another lease on life yet!
Newsbreak reports on how Quezon City fixed its deficit problem within a year.
In the punditocracy, the Daily Tribune editorial takes a tart look at administration anger over dynasties.
John Mangun assumes Filipinos in America are Democrats (I tend to think they’re usually Republican: wealthy Filipinos and professionals with a liberal educational background, and academics are the ones usually sympathetic to the Democrats), and warns that the Democratic victory bodes ill for overseas investments.
Edward Ayers says journalists can make better historians than academics.
In the blogosphere, Madame Chiang reflects on my column from yesterday.
James Jimenez comments on the complexities of comparing election documents -and says the opposition and administration lawyers in the vice-presidential electoral appeal should stop dilly-dallying.
Cebu Reporter’s Blog is irritated with critics of the Cebu Convention Center.. Another Cebu City resident, Overkill Unlimited thinks the building won’t be finished on time.Their optimism that it can be used -and useable- is countered by Emil Jurado, who says the security people of foreign VIP’s have rejected the building; only the opening ceremony will be held there.
mongster’s nest meets a congressman who blogs, and has interesting observations on the suicide methods preferred by Filipinos.
Bunker Chronicles is ticked off by the transformation of Bonifacio Day into a long weekend.
Another Hundred Years Hence appeals for help for a kid who needs a bone marrow transplant.
23 Cents has fun with a 20 Peso bill.
This is fun: Filipino Dirty Words. Reminds me I used to find “Peter Pan” hilarious because the dog was named “Nana.”