Can issues be separated from personalities? Should they? In politics? I don’t think they can, and I don’t think they should. To do so is to be susceptible to the kind of mental dishonesty that would permit a bigger crime to continue unpunished, because the conditions for proving a more minor one do not exist. It is a lawyer’s argument of the worst kind -that makes lawyers repugnant in the manner people find politicians reprehensible people.
My column for today, Seductive reasoning, rather haphazardly suggests Garci is trying to wriggle his way out on a technicality. He’s not a lawyer for nothin’. PCIJ does a roundup of yesterday’s interrogations and makes the audio of the entire proceedings available online. Miron comes out of hibernation with his take on the hearings (quite witty compared to my efforts yesterday: he has an account of the Zamora questioning I was unable to blog). Philippine Commentary’s fearless forecast is in light of what’s at stake, the Supreme Court will give Garci what he wants. RG Cruz gives a reporter’s view of the excitement behind the story and linked stories. RG’s scuttlebutt: 1. the long-rumored videos or audio recordings of the President and various officials in compromising positions or activities, might finally surface; 2. the exploding bomblets yesterday may be a prelude to a “light” martial law before the holidays. Willie Galang is convinced the bomblets aren’t making an impact because media is conspiring with the opposition to downplay events.
I have to say that reading the proceedings so far…it all sounds a bit like the proceedings at the court presided over by the King and Queen of Hearts with Alice on the stand and the White Rabbit doing his stuff…
In other news:
The Inquirer editorial says corruption shouldn’t be treated as a public relations problem; Ana Marie Pamintuan gives an insider’s account of the reasons for US intelligence chief John Negroponte’s visit to Manila ; Connie Veneracion details how the masses are spoiled by politicians.
Two highly interesting columns:
Juan Mercado analyzes the findings of the Philippine Human Development Report which analyzed the quality of life in 77 Philippine provinces, as if “they were countries unto themselves.” The report uses “human development indicators” such as ife expectancy, functional literacy, health services, adjusted incomes, to track quality of life. Among its comparisons: Manila approximates life in Thailand and Samoa; Cavite is like Lebanon, Bataan is like the Maldives, life in Davao del Sur Iloilo and TarlacÃ‚Â approximates Kyrgyztan. Cebu trails Georgia and Azerbaijan. Misamis Oriental, Ilocos Norte and Nueva Vizcaya resembleÃ‚Â El Salvador and Vietnam. “Bukidnon resembles Honduras, and Palawan is more like Tajikistan”. Misamis Occidental and Ilocos Sur compare to Mongolia. “Leyte resembles Moldova, but Southern Leyte… is more like South Africa”. Davao Oriental resembles Gabon. Among the provinces examined, Maguindanao was the worst, approximating Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
Alex Magno argues that dynastic control of political districts is due to single-member representation. Anti-dynasty bills are not the solution; eliminating single-member districts is.
All of us in Asiapundit have been fired. But there’s hope we will be rehired. We will work harder!
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo shares a light moment with former President Fidel V. Ramos during the 24th Annual National Prayer Breakfast organized by the Philippine National Prayer Breakfast Foundation (PNPBF) at Manila HotelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Centennial Hall Wednesday (Dec. 7). The PNPBF is a 30-year-old prayerful organization which envisions the gathering of a group of national and local elected and appointed leaders committed to come together in the spirit of Christ; to share their lives according to the will of God; and to work towards actualizing the reign of God in the Philippines. This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s National Prayer Breakfast theme is “Transforming the Nation Through Servant Leadership.” (Michael Rey Baniquet-OPS-NIB Photo)
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