Happy Independence Day.
As Ricky Carandang pointed out the other day, we have the case of Maguindanao as The Incredible Vanishing Province. Add to that, the incredible vanishing election documents, as revealed by the incredible vanishing Comelec official (with a Garcified past). Not to mention the sobering answer to all the administration demands to prove allegations of cheating: shut up or die. The whole thing has become a debate with a life of its own. My co-blogger John Nery over at Inquirer Current asks, is the Comelec’s dilemma worth it? Ah, but possession -including the holding of political office- is 9/10ths of the law!
The Speakership fight continues to get messier. At a meeting during which they were courting support, Winston Garcia supposedly told the politicos gathered there, “The Garcias fight to win.” Posturing? The problem is, there are a couple of fights going on: when Rep. Villafuerte snipes at Sec. Puno, does it have less to do with Garcia and more to do with maneuvering to prove who really has clout when it comes to the President? Or her husband, brother-in-law and sons, the party-within-Kampi? Amando Doronila tries to put it all in context.
Scuttlebutt is that this week, the election of Kampi’s officers will lead to Villafuerte’s toppling from the presidency of the party. But what if the gambit fails? Then Puno will not only be stripped of his party positions, he may have to leave the cabinet.
Other scuttlebutt: Sec. Ebdane of the Department of National Defense is on his way out. Long-time scuttlebutt was Sec. Eduardo Ermita was on his way out even before the elections, as part of the planned purge of Lakas leaders by Kampi; now that the gambit failed, is Ermita in or out? What’s being reported is that the BIR Commissioner’s on his way out.
Mandatory registration of cellphones proposed. P150 a pop.
The Inquirer editorial takes the House of Representatives to task for failing to pass three crucial bills. Two interesting efforts to dissect the elections and their results, from Manuel Alcuaz and Connie Veneracion. most interestingly of all, John Mangun on the relationship between politics and economics. And also,
What may have occurred during this election is that the people have realized that the Philippines is a republic and not a democracy. There is a critical and important difference.
In a republic, the people depend on the collective wisdom of the representatives. In a democracy, the people, in theory, make the decisions directly; the elected official is merely a tool to carry out the decisions of the people. In a republic, the elected official makes the choices and is the most critical part of the ongoing governing process.
Adel Tamano becomes a columnist.
Uniffors on the military brass taking an opinion survey of the rank-and-file on: Trillanes. One interesting bit of scuttlebutt I’ve heard is that there have been basketball games featuring the sons of officers versus sons of the rank-and-file, and the games end with the sons of the top brass being beaten up by the sons of the men their fathers command. A reflection of the growing antipathy between the generals and the soldiers, they say.
Philippine Commentary examines the emerging “Cavalier Club” in the Senate; Uniffors reproduces an article that explains why Ed Panlilio has the odds stacked up against him in Pampanga.
Oh, and apparently I’m one of the millions who thought something had gone wrong because of the way The Sopranos final episode ended (an anti-ending ending, one blogger put it) -and has sparked a furious debate among fans (what really happened?). Missed the easter egg, too. So even as critics analyze the final episode, debate on how effective or artistically sound it was, or viewers denounce how it concluded, others point out an epic has ended and what did it all mean?
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