According to the Senate, two things are clearer today than they were last year: the bugging of Garcillano’s phone was done by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. And the number of votes manipulated in the President’s favor totaled about 662,000.
The police say neither terrorists nor the Left were responsible for the “bomblets.”
A curious note: the state visit to Libya has been “postponed”.
Joseph Estrada says he didn’t declare 56 million that he should have.
The President is worth 79.28 million; her son has increased his net worth from 50,000 pesos to 76.53 million in 13 years. Punzi seems amazed at the President’s ability to increase her net worth by about 4.6% a year.
Party-list representatives get a favorable decision from the Supreme Court -but the Department of Justice says the court’s decision is “moot.” The court disagrees:
Court spokesman Ismael Khan Jr. said the tribunalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s resolution covers the ongoing trial at the Makati court.
“If the preliminary investigation is already finished, then all the more that the justice department has to stop the proceedings at the lower court,” he said, adding that the prosecutors may want to clarify the issue by also filing a motion for clarification with the Supreme Court.
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Telephone. The Inquirer editorial expresses skepticism about official reactions to the bomblets. Tony Abaya suggests the greatest defect of Filipino political culture is that it thrives on mediocrity. Manuel Buencamino has part 2 of the purloined diary entries of the President.
In the blogosphere, Susan Ople says it seems that Sigaw ng Bayan will file its petition for a referendum in two weeks. The battle will be joined -at a time when conventional wisdom had it, that the battle had been postponed until after the 2007 elections.
Jove Francisco on hostilities between the Palace press corps and the presidential security people.
Promdi is alarmed over summary executions in Davao City.
Peryodistang Pinay on an economist’s suggestion for investment opportunities.
New Economist on new intellectuals
.Another Hundred Years Hence on understanding urbanization.