I am rushing a brief history of the Liberal Party and so entries will be brief.
Tomorrow is Rizal Day, and so, the annual orgy of Rizal-related punditry. My column is Rizal’s pending question.
Conrado de Quiros focuses on A century thence.
My column and de Quiros’s both refer to Rizal’s essay, The Philippines a Century Hence. Alas, all I can find online is Charles Derbyshire’s transation, but click on this link to read it anyway. Rizal’s essay was also the model suggested to me by the PCIJ folks when they asked me to write Circle to Circle, my essay on the Philippines in the year 2015.
Carmen Guerrero Nakpil ponders RizalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s constitution.
The Philippines Free Press blog republishes a 1952 article on the late Vicente Albano Pacis’s discovery of Rizal in the US Congress, circa 1922.
The silliest Rizal-related suggestion of all? Sykes Garcia on moving Rizal Day.
Other news and views:
Mike D keeps post Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ermita
Palace asks public to dismiss coup rumors
The Inquirer editorial says the proposal to scrap the 2007 elections is a selfish scheme.
JB Baylon wonders if former president Ramos isn’t all bark and not bite -and thus, one big loser.
Alejandro Lichaoco says the Communist Party of the Philippines has declared war on the People’s Republic of China:
…It appears that a China-owned construction firm (China Road & Bridge Corp.) building roads in the country had pleaded with the CPP/NPA to be exempted from paying Ã¢â‚¬Å“revolutionary taxesÃ¢â‚¬Â on grounds that China and the CPP/NPA are after all ideological soulmates. To which CPP/NPA spokesman Ka Roger Rosal is reported to have replied that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t so because China has ceased to be a communist state, has in fact turned Ã¢â‚¬Å“dirty capitalist,Ã¢â‚¬Â and is now in an unholy alliance with the capitalist world led by the US government.
For refusing to pay revolutionary tax, the NPA torched the heavy equipment of China Road twice… the CPP Central Committee Ã¢â‚¬Å“accused the Chinese government of withdrawing support for armed struggles in Southeast Asia in exchange for ChinaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s accommodation by Washington into the world capitalist system.Ã¢â‚¬Â…Chinese President Hu Jintao, in a visit to the Philippines, Ã¢â‚¬Å“signed deals for $1.6-billion worth of loans and investments in Philippine mining and infrastructure projects.Ã¢â‚¬Â This is in addition to the $1.2 million in military assistance to the GMA government which Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz announced would be used in the government campaign against communist rebels.
No wonder the CPP/NPA is roaring mad. The communists can only view the supposed turnaround by China as outright betrayal.
Well, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing new in the communist world. Recall that sometime in the 1960s, China and the then Soviet Union broke ties precisely on grounds that, according to the Chinese government, the Soviet Union had turned capitalist and was in league with the US to destroy China. So bitter and violent was the break between the two communist states that Western media began speculating on the possibility of an outright war between the two.
That was the time when Washington, which then felt threatened by Soviet nuclear power, starting playing what it called the Ã¢â‚¬Å“China cardÃ¢â‚¬Â meaning playing China off against the Soviet Union in an effort to sharpen the break between the two communist states.
From these developments one can be forgiven for concluding, even if only tentatively, that GMA, who started her political career as an American doll, is fast transforming herself into a China doll and that she might just possibly have decided, once and for all, to cast her lot with the strategic alliance of China, Russia and India, an alliance which was conceived and formed precisely for the purpose of containing what the alliance perceives as US expansionism.
In this respect, CPP/NPA assessment of the evolving relations between China and the US that China has now joined the US-led capitalist club might well be only half of the picture. For the larger reality seems to be that China, along with Russia and India, is really on a collision course with Washington, particularly in the region, and that collision has nothing to do with ideology.
The parties are engaged in a mortal international power play and it is precisely to strengthen ChinaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s position against the US that China appears to have decided to extend the GMA government all-out support, militarily and economically, on the presumed understanding that the Philippines, through the GMA administration, will finally make that much hoped-for break with the US. And this Ã¢â‚¬â€ all-out support for GMA Ã¢â‚¬â€ China has decided to do even at the cost of alienating an old-time ideological soulmate that is the CPP/NPA.
How Washington will take this, of course, is the $64 question. If Washington does perceive that GMA is finally and definitively casting her lot with the China-Russia-India alliance, we can presume that it will do everything in its power to unseat GMA even if that means having to support the CPP/NPA.
The US supporting the CPP/NPA against the China-GMA alliance?
Well, the US is a major supporter of the communist regime in Vietnam, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it? ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because Vietnam has proved it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t follow China blindfolded. What then can prevent the US from supporting the CPP/NPA provided the latter makes war with GMA and China?
And what can prevent China from giving, as it has apparently decided to do, all-out support to GMA provided the latter makes a clean break with the US?
What then happens to us? Well, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Spanish Civil War to think of Ã¢â‚¬â€ that was when the major powers then took sides in SpainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s civil war.
Filipino Librarian focuses on an online petition calling for the Comelec’s resignation (and how the papers don’t report online material properly). He points to the call by A Hundred Years Hence to Reform the Comelec Now!. However,Ã‚Â Fel Maragay thinks no one in the Comelec will quit. PCIJ also reports on the online petition.
The Manila Times names the Overseas Filipino Worker its Person of the Year.
Poynter Online on an excellent example of Citizen Journalism in action.
Is Enya animal, vegetable, or mineral?
And hilarious: Jessica Zafra asks, why not review the Metro Manila Filmfest entries in verse?
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