A mishmash of causes were represented as Estrada backers first to test Lim policy on Mendiola. The battle for hearts and minds flares up: Text messages vs Erap flood cell phones while ‘Erap leaving his fate to God’. but I wonder if its a battle in which the broader public’s really engaged. I tend to mostly agree with the analysis of Quixotic Kibitzer. What might irk the public is something else, entirely: 2 Senate bills to require registration of SIM cards.
It’s news like this that makes me think no one will really care how the court rules on the Estrada case: PCGG appeals defeat in P220M Marcos funds. Pro forma, or a real protest? Meanwhile, Carlos Conde reports in the International Herald Tribune, that Marcos family returning to the limelight in the Philippines:
After two decades of building legal cases against the Marcos in the Philippines and abroad, in hopes of reclaiming an estimated $10 billion it says the Marcoses stole during their two-decade hold on power, the Philippine government has suffered a series of stinging courtroom defeats in recent weeks.
The victories have emboldened the family, led by Imelda, to wage a renewed struggle to regain control not just of their assets, many still frozen by the government, but also their place in the country’s history…
Last week, Sandiganbayan, the anti-graft court where many of the cases against the Marcoses were filed, dismissed the government’s case to recover $4.7 million in deposits allegedly owned by the Marcoses at Security Bank and Trust.
The court said the Presidential Commission on Good Government, created in 1986 to recover Marcos assets stashed in the Philippines and overseas, had failed to offer testimony to prove that the money was obtained unlawfully.
Last month, a separate court acquitted Imelda of tax evasion charges, and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court ordered the unfreezing of $4 million in bank accounts of Herminio Disini, a close Marcos confidant who had allegedly amassed millions of dollars in preferential loans, given to cronies without collateral, from government banks.
Also in June, Imelda’s brother Alfredo was acquitted by a Philippine court of charges that he used his influence to sell, in 1974, government property to a company allegedly owned by Ferdinand. The court said the commission based its case on documents that were unauthenticated photocopies.
Last week, local media reports said the Marcoses were poised to take back several other properties in the Philippines after the Presidential Commission on Good Government lifted its sequestration orders on these assets. The commission has not formally announced its decision.
In the late 1980s, the Marcoses faced nearly a thousand criminal and civil cases related to corruption and human rights violations. But so far, only $1.7 billion in assets have been recovered, and a good portion of those may ultimately revert back into the family’s control.
See also 07-07-07 with the Marcoses by Sylvia Mayuga.
Government says, Anti-terror law road show on. But Sunday’s Inquirer editorial pointed out why the so-called Human Security Act only breeds insecurity. In the meantime, the bishops seem to be growing a little (just a little!) firmer in their attitudes: CBCP wants anti-terror law reviewed -besides, there’s also Catholic bishops want Arroyo to revamp Comelec en banc.
Meanwhile, Gov’t looking into reports Burgos is dead, and so on: 6 military men linked to Burgos abduction. Actually, the assumption poor Jonas Burgos is dead became widespread when his disappearance stretched past the one week mark.
the House intramurals might have just shifted in the Cebuano challenger’s favor: even as De Venecia, Garcia allies intensify drive to gain support of colleagues, the endorsements that count are being reported: Solon says Arroyo kin support Garcia bid. Scuttlebutt is rife that the President’s husband has expressed support for Garcia. An interesting side issue is what this means in terms of current DILG Secretary Puno -on the way out?
Overseas, Malaysia’s Opposition Pulls Up Lame. And ‘Old powers in bid to ruin Thailand’. History Unfolding lists down American options in Iraq (while Iran media accused of trying to oust president) even as Top Dems threaten Scooter investigation is leading to Clinton vs. Bush. For our part of the world, Regional perspective :In search of the fading US policy on Asean. And other good reads: Social networking on the web – almost better than sex and Death by Amateurs? which has,
Now the debate seems to have moved into a wider circle – the realm of the amateur versus the professional, with or without the internet. Major outfits from Netflix to NASA have been trying to outsource some of their trickiest problems to the general public, which is as bizarre as it is exciting. Andrew Keen, arguably the most Web 2.0-enabled critic of Web 2.0, is well-placed to combat the Times coverage with his new book, The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture, which he describes as a polemic against all of the monkeys with typewriters and webcams (that is, us) the Internet has now unleashed upon civilization.
While Vanity Fair has a Q&A with Conan O’Brien on his writing for The Simpsons.
The headline ‘We’ll keep you safe till 2010’ inspired my column for today, which is Cheap and easy guarantee. Columnists have been busy commenting on the Estrada trial. A similarity of opinion can be found in the columns of Solita Monsod, of Belinda Olivares-Cunanan, and Alex Magno (sorry, no link: the Star website is impossibly unfriendly to blog use, you can’t even find links to past articles). there’s Conrado de Quiros basically saying a pox on both their houses. On the other hand, Adel Tamano says what will inflict a black eye on the justice system is if an Estrada verdict is followed by the appointment of the Sandiganbayan judge to, say, the Supreme Court.
Today’s Inquirer editorial takes a thoughtful look on the charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. The paper points out the real charges leveled against Trillanes, and advocates his being allowed to attend Senate sessions until a verdict has been handed down by the court.
Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ explains the Yamashita doctrine and command responsibility William Pesek says bonds could scuttle Asia’s stock-market boom, a cautionary note even as Bong Austero writes on the mad rush for IPO’s in the stock market.
In the blogosphere, a charming entry by Perfect Miscreation on the 41st anniversary of the Beatles’ Manila concert.
And many thanks to the thumbsucker for the kind reference to this blog.