Congratulations are in order to Antonio Trillanes IV, finally due to be proclaimed senator-elect.
From the intramurals in the House to the Palace rigodon: President doesn’t want courtesy resignations, she wants resignations, period. Or did she? Finance Secretary says no order has been received. Still, media looking into who is in and who is out and whether it’s fallout from the TU senatorial implosion. The President is inclined to give her BIR Commissioner an extended lease on life. She withdraws a previous order that was meant to clip the BIR chief’s authority. Perhaps she doesn’t want to rock the boat: Moody’s says government finances still vulnerable to shocks.
Bataan Nuclear Plant debts finally paid off. Coincidentally (?) Disini wins in court. Personally, I wonder why, despite the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and the major earthquakes of the past, people still wonder if the plant would be safe. Shouldn’t we go nuclear? Is the old plant not viable still? What of proposals for future expansion?
My column for today is Pig in a poke. A reader informed me the exact Lunderdoff quote is: “Wir hauen ein Loch hinein. Alles andere wird sich finden” (We punch a hole; the rest will follow).
Carol Arguillas on the incredible Bedol.
In the blogosphere, Norwegian Would looks at two competing views on energy self-reliance for the Philippines. Along the way, he recounts some interesting experiences and observations about working in the government.
katataspulong looks at how Supreme Court justices have been selected since the Marcos and Ramos years, and how presidents and justices calculate their political debts.
blurry brain recounts participating in a forum on constitutional issues and trade.
All of the above ties into what big mango says (by way of Randy David) is the major debate of our day: our country and society wrestling with the challenges of modernity.
Demosthenes’ Game doesn’t think a two-track runoff elections system is the best. But what he considers a better option is problematically expensive.
Blogger buzz surrounds Lakbayan: How Much of the Philippines Have You Visited? by the talented vaes9. YugaTech got a C+, better than my plain old C (same as baratillo@cubao). Go ahead and try it out: Lakbayan: How much of the Philippines have you visited?
The Purple Phoenix Talks about Philippine Politics wittily creates her own 2007 election awards.
manila rat on a World Bank report on doing business around the world: the Philippines is categorized as “difficult”. Captain’s Log and The Unlawyer both comment on the proposal to require registering cellular phones with the government. Captain’s Log sez:
What would they think of next? Register every rodent in our homes?
If they want to stop terrorism, require everyone who owns a prepaid SIM to register for FREE! Then if the subscriber looses the SIM, he/she can just bring her registration info at Globe or SUN and be issued with a new SIM with the same number. My idea is far better than having phones registered since text spammers and scammers will have a difficult time in purchasing dirt cheap SIMs.
blackshama’s blog shares some thoughts on English;
Punzi on dangerous blogging mentalities. Pinoy Potter’s Chronicles on what it’s like to have participated in a game show (a year later, people still greet him on the street). To the Tale, and Other Such Concerns, makes some observations about Warsaw. Bryanton Post on where young people get their news: the rumor mill! Congratulations to A-Musing Life for the English Camp she helped organize winning an award.
Red’s Herring on… The Sopranos!