Rizal’s birth anniversary today. There’s a feature on the Rizal Shrine in Calamba; Two of my past pieces will have to suffice by way of commemoration: Why Rizal Went Bravely to His Death and Si Rizal at ang Pilosopiya ng Pagtitiis.
On the political front, the Palace is stuck in a trap of its own making. Local execs push revamp of Cabinet but as it is, all the waffling has the Palace with its back to the wall: Ermita: Malacañan will turn down Cabinet resignations. The local officials know that a cabinet revamp is not only necessary, but expected; but after Trade Secretary Favila panicked, the Palace lurched away from calling in the courtesy resignations: now no one can resign, so anyone who has to go has to be fired, compounding the problem. My friendly built-in dictionary sez:
catch-22 noun a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions : [as adj. ] a catch-22 situation. ORIGIN 1970s: title of a novel by Joseph Heller (1961), in which the main character feigns madness in order to avoid dangerous combat missions, but his desire to avoid them is taken to prove his sanity.
At least the patronage positions are being cleared: Resignations pour into Palace:
Mrs. Arroyo also ordered the resignation of the chiefs of the Bureaus of Customs and Internal Revenues, as well as the chairman of the Philippine Retirement Authority and the Philippine Postal Corporation.
Ermita belied reports that Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla and Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, two senior members of the President’s economic team, had turned in their irrevocable resignations to the President.
(From Julius Fortuna‘s column, it seems the “legacy” faction in the cabinet’s trying to assert itself) Meanwhile, National Security Adviser Gonzales is on the warpath in Bataan province.
President gets a visit from Oliver North; and Ollie then goes to Jolo (hat tip to Nicknich3 who Twittered the article).
Maguindanao: Whistle-blowers wary of Abalos, says group, while Comelec warned of fake poll papers
And two different but convergent views: Filomeno Sta. Ana III and Algamar A. Latiph. Both point out that the country’s 2nd-poorest province and its central role in electoral controversy are issues joined at the hip.
Liberal Party divided over how to be most effectively mercenary about the speakership fight. Jose de Venecia proposes a speakership powwow. And it’s a Lacson-Arroyo slugfest for the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
Will the Pope extend Cardinal Rosales’ stint archbishop of Manila? Whatever the decision, Archbishop Oscar Cruz is retiring -early, too: but then he’s had a couple of heart bypasses already.
Bloggers reflect on Rizal’s birthday: brienfly, from Lady in Waiting, humorously, from the thoughts that wander; while thoughts of a wandering soul got a Friendster message! Then, the hero’s effect on their education -and his faith in education- is tackled by Jaki’s Notes and in Raf’s Site. A Filipino-American’s reflections are in the Pinoy. And Canis Lupus Dendron Deux on a Rizal comic book: see Amazing Dr. Rizal.
Philippine Commentary on the pro-Americanism of most Filipinos. Ceci Da Superstar, the Patsada Karajaw and Tingog.com (who thinks Zubiri should concede) on Maguindanao. Unsent Notes looks ahead to the emerging 2010 presidential contenders.
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