The big news that didn’t materialize yesterday was the non-appearance of a new pastoral letter by the Catholic hierarchy. The Inquirer says the schedule has, essentially, been derailed as prelates agonize over intensive lobbying by the Palace; the Manila Standard-Today claims its due to a genuine, and deep, division within the prelates’ ranks; the Daily Tribune claims the bishops are holding firm. To what? RG Cruz says the pastoral letter will detail some troubling developments, but be more of the same.
COMELEC report was toned down.
Armed forces denies it’s spying on its elite forces.
Coins being smuggled abroad.
Thaksin writes a letter telling on his opponents to Dubya. Will people power be back in Bangkok?
In the punditocracy, my column today, Malig debunks Defensor, is based on a recent blog entry by Jojo Malig in Thirtysomething v4.3, in which he basically shreds the legitimacy of the Madyaas Confederacy, as well as his entries on Kalantiaw, Sikatuna, andf other hoaxes, and his criticism of the Order of Lakandula. Malig also points to some online resources on the Maragtas legend, and the foreword to Maragtas, a book published in 1907 which was misinterpreted by some historians as fact and not legend.
Bong Austero is irked and reminds people that he, and others, are not stupid. Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ responds to those who believe churchmen should “move on.”
Carlos Medina, Jr. comments on the One Voice manifesto.
Patricio Diaz looks at the USA and sees how they issue student loans and amend their constitution.
In the blogosphere. An OFW Living in Hong Kong thinks bloody days ahead for the military are inevitable.
Bunker Chronicle suggests time should be allowed to take care of the administration.
Coffee with Amy on the continuing fallout from the President’s curt dismissal of her ambassador to the USA. Comelec AKO on overseas voting and voters.
Ignatian Perspective asks: if a blogger allows nasty comments, is that a tacit endorsement?
The Elegant Variation with a timely reminder: always check a writer’s pulse.
Whispers in the Loggia: wealth takes care of eliminating Church influence.
Our Awesome Planet points to a revival of a blast (and hangover) from the past: Kublai’s is back. Where my generation first learned to break curfew.
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