Newsbreak asks, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maguindanao? and discovers that Bedol Collected Poll Documents Before ‘Losing’ Them. But why wasn’t theft reported immediately? As the Inquirer editorial points out, it’s all like a farcical scene straight out of “Casablanca.” The Comelec’s waffling, after all.
But, well, it’s all worth it, because Zubiri can still make it. Whee!
Speaking of the Comelec, no wonder his fellow commissioners fed Sarmiento to the wolves by assigning him Muslim Mindanao’s polls: Comelec official moves for revival of ‘Hello Garci’ probe.
The President, at least for public relations purposes, is disappointed, cranky, and in a firing mood. And it’s time for new favors to be paid. The first round of hires and fires is being leaked.
Meanwhile, Arroyo vows to certify CARP extension. She also gives Jalosjos a new lease on life. And here’s a sneak peek at the next budget: Palace eyes P1.227-trillion ’08 budget.
Pots call the kettle black. And third time the charm?
Overseas, in the USA, Bush hobbled without Congress’ support (check out, too, Adrian Cristobal’s interesting take on developments, politically, in the 2008 presidential race); and this view: The End of National Currency. Also, Thailand’s Coup Fallout and Hard lessons from the Thaksin era.
My Arab News column for this week is Philippine Army Officers and Democracy. Two other perspectives are from Ellen Tordesillas, who isn’t worried by the emerging “Cavalier Club” in the Senate, and Gail Ilagan,who thinks Antonio Trillanes is a pied piper.
Amando Doronila remembers Diosdado Macapagal.
In the blogosphere, Jim Paredes is furious over the killing of Musa Dimasidsing. Patsada Karajaw and Marichu Lambino vent their ire on Bedol.
Philippine Commentary wonders if the President will move the date for observing Christmas, too.
www.soriano-ph.com on the new tax amnesty law.
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