Short Version A:
Former President President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is right. MalacaÃƒÂ±ang and the police have nothing to apologize for when a motely group of three bishops known to be anti-GMA, priests and nuns cum opposition politicians were Ã¢â‚¬Å“cannonizedÃ¢â‚¬Â with a firemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s water hose when they challenged the Ã¢â‚¬Å“no permit, no rallyÃ¢â‚¬Â and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“no-no rally at MendiolaÃ¢â‚¬Â last Friday.
Real Version B:
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is right. MalacaÃƒÂ±ang and the police have nothing to apologize for when a motely group of three bishops known to be anti-GMA, priests and nuns cum opposition politicians were Ã¢â‚¬Å“cannonizedÃ¢â‚¬Â with a firemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s water hose when they challenged the Ã¢â‚¬Å“no permit, no rallyÃ¢â‚¬Â and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“no-no rally at MendiolaÃ¢â‚¬Â last Friday.
A naughty editor somewhere? Tee hee!
The real news today is the latest addition to Sec. Leandro Mendoza’s empire in the Department of Transportation and Communications: as this Tribune story indicates, Mendoza, who does not enjoy the reputation of being a nice guy, to put it mildly, among some media people in the know, and who has been bruited-about as the designated commander of the President’s anti-coup task force, has been given control over the National Telecommunications Commission. In effect this gives Mendoza purview over essential installations, ranging from seaports to airports, the Coast Guard, telegraph, wireless, and telephone communications, and radio and TV. Just the sort of things you want your designated muscle to have authority over.
Cause and effect department: Bishop Teodoro Bacani blasts the government; Brother Mike Velarde of El Shaddai expresses displeasure with the government; the Palace backpedals on rally policies (Dean Jorge Bocobo may be right on the money: the Palace has blinked, and might be better off beating a strategic retreat). But never mind, Bel Cunanan continues to chirp a happy tune.
[Right: President Arroyo accepts the credentials of His Excellency, Carlos Eduardo Sette Camara Da Fonseca Costa, as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Philippines Monday (Oct. 17) at MalacaÃƒÂ±angÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Rizal Hall. (Exequiel Supera – OPS-NIB Photo)] My caption: “Here is the bill for Garci’s hotel stay, Madam President…”
Ricky Carandang finally weighs in with his findings, so far, as to where in the world former Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garcillano might be:
Curiously enough, it seems Remulla is being given the runaround by the Department of Foreign Affairs. A query was sent to the Argentinian government, but it seems none was sent to the Brazilian government. No effort has been made to communicate with Remulla about the results of their queries, or if the queries were even made.
Jove Francisco is apparently back, and has resumed observing the President with gusto. My favorite Communist blogger bares her soul in yet another elegantly-written entry. And Vatican Watcher thinks the rapprochement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China is an error (he has a good point: surely the ruthless persecution of Catholics loyal to Rome won’t stop, just because the State-controlled Church reunites with Rome).
I’m leaving tonight for a conference in Washington, D.C., so updates will most likely be highly irregular until I return.I’m going to try to record some of my thoughts while traveling and see if I can turn them into some sort of Podcast. Sorry Yuga, won’t be seeing you at the PCIJ Blogging Conference.
For the nonce, here are some reliably interesting blogs:
The exponent of blogging-as-journalism is BuzzMachine in the USA, while Leon Kilat in Cebu City seems to be the most wired and net-savvy professional journalist who blogs (at least to my mind). Both can be relied upon to integrate journalism with the world wide web and developments of a technological nature therein. Another media person at the cutting edge of everything is iBlog: podcasting, vidcasting, blogging, he’s done it all, and extremely well. TV anchors have a model for blogging in The Daily Nightly. For all things aesthetic, Kottke.org is always choc-full-o-fun. For all things movie and TV related, there’s The Rocketboy Chronicles (for the best guilt-inducing Celebrity trash, there’s Conversations with Famous People). For everything cultural, both highbrow and pop, there’s Walk this Way. For everything food-related, there’s Market Manila. Travel-related? Check out FriskoDude. and After a long hiatus, Cogito Ergo Sam has returned as a consistently good read. The best Filipino humorist on line remains Kwentong Tambay.
And as for this (from the official government portal):
It should be classified under “recycled, discredited symbols.” I’ts too eerily similar to the symbol of Marcos’s New Society. Those of us of a certain age remember that well.