Big news today is the bishops and a Filipino ex-cop arrested for espionage in the USA (see the Inquirer and Manila Times versions on the cop story). Several takes on the latest statement by the Catholic bishops: the view of the Manila Times, the Star, the Standard-Today, and the Daily Tribune. Decide for yourself which is the most accurate (the Inquirer editorial takes a pot-shot at Cardinal Vidal for taking a pot-shot at media). Senator Enrile thinks the election protest of Loren Legarda will help resolve the political crisis. Sec. Tiglao leaks that 26 out of 50 names for the Consultative Commission on Charter Change have been drawn up (I know of one person who has refused).
In the punditocracy, America Facing a Widespread Crisis of Confidence is my Arab News column this week. Max Soliven proclaims the victory of Junichiro Koizumi a triumph of new politics; in Time Magazine, Karel van Wolferen thinks it’s all operatic grandstanding (of foreign elections, here’s a view on Germany’s polls). Armando Doronila, who may or may not be smarting after the Commission on Appointments bypassed his nomination as ambassador to Belgium, denounces the Bukluran ng Katotohanan and Cory Aquino for trying to incite the military to rebel (I was at the press conference and Mrs. Aquino attempted no such thing; I doubt, too, if that was Bro. Luistro’s intention when he said what he said). Emil Jurado condemns the opposition of today in much the same way he denounced the opposition during the days of Ferdinand Marcos. Speaking of Marcos, Johnna Villaviray-Giolagon reflects on the dictator and his family. Cocktales, the most widely-read business column in the country, takes a peek at the Makati Business Club leadership that came out against the President.
In the blogosphere, Ricky Carandang mourns the passing of Haydee Yorac; Abe Margallo ponders a recent personal entry of mine, and suggests it’s a sign of a new kind of involvement in social issues; Hundred Years Hence recommends lateral thinking for politics (and why not?); Edwin Lacierda suggests the restoration of the submission of judicial appointments to Congress for approval (an idea also supported by Fr. Joaquin Bernas). Carlos Celdran has a cat fight with columnist Tony Abaya, and refuses to see the President’s problem as a moral one. BuzzMachine delves into the question of confidential sources for journalists, including online journalists.
On a cultural note, Rey Agapay mulls over how real can reality TV be?