Ramos is a raisin

The papers are feasting on the latest revelations by Virgilio Garcillano: Garcillano turns tables on solons: Lawyer says 20-30 lawmakers made calls (Philippine Daily Inquirer); Escudero named as Garci circus begins (Manila Times); Garci names solons who also called him (Manila Standard-Today).

And National Democrats are angry that the feasting is ending for their comrades in self-exile in Europe: Philippine communists hit EU for terrorist tag (Manila Times).

Ronald Meinardus, resident representative of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in the Philippines, has an analysis of the political crisis in the Korea Times. His points are as follows: 1. Estrada could not accept defeat in 2001 (a “fait accompli”). 2. Panfilo Lacson fatally split the opposition vote in 2004, preventing “revenge” by the Estradas. 3. The legitimacy crisis did not begin in July, 2005; it began in May-June, 2004; it accelerated in July, as the public “generally regarded” the Hello, Garci tape as proof of fraud. 4. It surprised people the President stubbornly clung on to power. 5. The military and Church stayed neutral, helping her. 6. The President’s position has “stabilized,” thanks to “strategic coalition building,” particularly her strong grip on local leaders. 6. The opposition remains fatally fragmented and without a leader to pit against the President. His summary:

Future historians will probably come to the conclusion that the most important factor benefiting the president was the political apathy of the masses. While survey after survey has documented that a majority of Filipinos are unhappy with the incumbent and wouldn’t mind seeing her quit today rather than tomorrow, only a small minority is willing to go on the streets and join protest rallies. “People power has become an impotent weapon for ousting a widely reviled President,” said a leading columnist in September shortly after presidential allies in the House of Representatives effectively squashed the impeachment process.

However, he doubts if Garci’s reappearance will result in “closure” for the administration.

Speaking of allies, the Inquirer editorial describes former president Fidel V. Ramos as A Raisin in the Sun.

I must say I do take exception to Connie Veneracion’s column, which asks why the Articles of War exist, and why the military has its own system of military justice. She passes it off as a relict of colonialism without recognizing that every military in every nation has its own code of military conduct, and that peer review and punishment can useful in actually promoting civilian supremacy.

Tony Abaya says Thailand’s PM is angry because the Thai team did pretty badly in the SEA Games; Dong Puno has an interesting column on the history of the law allowing journalists not to reveal their sources; in Slate, an article by Michael Kinsley, Corrupt Intentions: What Cunningham’s misdeeds illustrate about conservative Washington.

Jove Francisco recounts the opposition of the Palace Press Corps to its impending transfer to the New Executive Building in the Palace. I sympathize and don’t sympathize with them. My sympathy extends to the unquestionable reality that they are being exiled, since the NEB has never worked, even if conceived during the time of Pres. Aquino, because it is far from the real scene of the action, which is the Palace. The historical layout of the Palace only works if the President lives in the Palace and works in the old executive building, known now as Kalayaan Hall. This was something I kept on proposing during my time there (I wanted the Presidential Museum either in the Arlegui residence, or in the Bahay Pangarap across the river for accessibility reasons). The President and cabinet, I felt, should use Kalayaan Hall more because it was more historic than the Palace and a reminder of the days of the Third Republic and earlier, which is a healthy thing considering how Marcos-centric the rebuilt Palace is.

However, the President insisted that Kalayaan Hall be the Museum, and if it is going to be a museum, it certainly needs the whole building. Just accomodating all the precious books in the Palace library collection, now moldering in storerooms, would eat up the press working area and more besides.

However, I also felt that the Engineering Office should be kicked out of the small villa by the river that President Magsaysay had constructed for the press. That is the traditional and proper home for the Press Corps, conveniently located, and the fact that it served as such from the 1950s to the 1970s also gives a (much needed) historical prestige to the press corps, which no longer has the most senior and most respected reporters as in the old days (now it’s dominated by youthful reporters, which is a good thing, too, but deprives the press corps of its past intimate knowledge of politics and the presidency). But this sensible solution would get in the way of what is clearly, as I said, an effort to contain the press.

Chin Wong has an interesting column, basically defining the registration of domains as either the beach head for the Capitalist control of the interweb, or the final, digital frontier for Socialism. This is a fight that has been brewing for some time and is most notably being discussed in the United States: my colleagues in Pajamas Media have been discussing United Nations internet control, for example.

BuzzMachine has a particularly fascinating entry (if you work for a newspaper or are otherwise involved in publishing), tackling a recurrent theme of his: the demise of the newspaper and the quest for a new kind of information media.

An interesting entry in angas ng kurimaw (who I believe left this devastating comment in my blog, or perhaps it was merely what an older generation would call a fellow traveler  clarification, he says he did not) on the tempest in a teapot concerning Patricia Evangelista. He poses some interesting questions, but leaves the answers to his readers, pointing to Zizek instead. Who is that? Read the Wikipedia entry on Slavoj Žižek (there is also a documentary on him). An interesting part of the Wikipedia entry is the first part of the critique:

John Holbo of the National University of Singapore has criticized Žižek[1] for the latter’s alleged refusal to lay out what, precisely, social formation he would replace the existing order with. Holbo argues that Žižek’s “irrational” approach to thought disregards the ontic benefits brought about by late capital, specifically in its liberal-democratic form. By refusing to “play the game,” as it were, and demanding leftist fidelity to a revolutionary ethic, Žižek is paradoxically demonstrating an unwillingness to face the consequences of political action (a pathology that he himself often criticizes).

The blog entry is remarkable in its steadfast refusal to “play the game,” which of course makes sense, considering the limitations the game imposes; for the same reason, bloggers of a similar political persuasion have gone to great lengths to assert their own branding, to use a Capitalist marketing term, for themselves, rather than submit to terms and phrases that have meanings that serve to uphold the attitudes and methods of the system(s) they oppose. This is, in a nutshell, integrity in action.

rebecca’s pocket points to an article saying the world’s tallest building may be causing earthquakes.


President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo confers the rank and title of National Scientist to Dr. Ricardo Lantican in ceremonies Monday afternoon (Dec. 5) at Malacanang’s Rizal Hall. Dr. Lantican was cited for his outstanding contributions in the Agricultural Sciences, particularly in his pioneering scientific works in plant breeding which have had worldwide significance, impact and applications. His works on field legumes started in the 1950s which resulted in the development and release of more than 20 improved varieties of mungbean, soybean, and peanut. Also in photo is Lantican’s wife. (Pancratio Francisco-OPS-NIB Photo)

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18 thoughts on “Ramos is a raisin

  1. Whats going on some of our posts are missing but if you keep the cookie on your computer it displays your post?

    So between browsers and computers dont expect to actually be posting here?

  2. sleeping, your comments are being put in moderation by the anti-spam software. so they only appear when i check my comments and see i’m being asked to approve them. why it’s so strict, i don’t know, but it may be either your ip addie or something to do with your email address, it might resemble email addresses used by spammers. But generally no comment gets lost and i’m not in the habit of rejecting comments.

  3. Re: Angas ng Kurimaw
    I am still wondering how I tracked that devastator and brought his blog back here….

    I remember I read a comment on another blog leading to that link…..

    so he still has a hangover of the exchange between him and DJB(if he was anonymous)

  4. I read it… was he refering to me when he mentioned Kael?….(wrong spelling)
    cause I sked him or her to debate with her?

    Thank you Mr. who ever you are

  5. MLQ
    I received this message and it was addressed to us
    If i view source i can see the email address and it is being collected by spammers..

    This email address has only been used on your website..

    3. karl wrote on December 6th, 2005 at 2:04 pm

  6. Interesting post on Patricia Evangelista’s column among the Natdem bloggers. The original article does not seem to be accessible at the inq7.net site though. Any links would be appreciated.

    MLQ3, thanks for the pointers to Angas & Zizeck – their thoughts are interesting, although their writing has the same effect on me as you seem to have on Kakapit. I am still hoping there is enough substance there worth the headache.

  7. “The blog entry is remarkable in its steadfast refusal to ‘play the game’…” – mlq3

    They’re engaging in a “transjunction…a process where the ´law of the excluded middle’ is rejected…” http://www.vordenker.de/ggphilosophy/gg2000_1en.htm). Although it may sometimes be interpreted as fencesitting, this is a perfectly valid operation for the reasons you have clearly explained above.

    On the PJ Blogjam, the pictures of the participants together with their responses reminds me of this – http://www.theonion.com/content/node/43223.

  8. Thanks Karl, but i was actually looking for the original ‘Young Radicals’ inquirer column that triggered the reactions.

  9. Hopefully, Patricia Evangelista’s ‘Sound and Fury’ is an expression of an emerging conventional wisdom among Filipinos. It’s as healthy a set of memes as any to build on. Raymundo and Jaime’s response is rich in content, but their reading sometimes borders on the paranoid. They get a bit carried away with their deconstruction and use of the essay as a springboard for their ideas. In time, they may get vindication on the points raised, but in this instance, they’re on the disadvantaged side of a differend.

  10. hindi ako si kakapit, hindi ko siya kilala, at knowing ako, hindi ako gagamit ng ganoong kabaduy na blogname. yun lang po at maraming salamat.

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