Some time ago there was a hilarious editorial cartoon in the papers, showing Joc-Joc Bolante at the peak of Mount Everest, to the surprise of Filipino mountaineers.
Bolante reportedly tried to get the help of the First Gentleman, who is in San Francisco, but apparently, to no avail. Another report has him trying to enlist the help of an unnamed Palace official. The Philippine consulate didn’t send someone, apparently. Ellen Tordesillas has some interesting questions to ask.
Lists: new appointments; a list of bishops who declined donations; a list of alleged rebel targets including a list of administration allies to “embarrass”; a list of countries that tags ours as the 17th happiest.
Ombudsman closing in on the rest of the Comelec?
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Pawn-feeding time. A reader pointed out that if Americans used the SWS or Pulse Asia practice system of subtracting approval ratings from disapproval ones, George W. Bush, too, would show negative numbers. The helpful reader pointed out looking at PollingReport.com shows that Dubya is in the -15 to -24 range!
Here are the SWS results I referred to in my column:
Someone should set up a similar website here at home to compile polling data.
Comments and criticisms on the CBCP pastoral statement continue. Patricio Diaz says the statement’s been misread; Connie Veneracion sets aside faith and morals altogether, and views the bishops’ exercise as purely a question of power, and of meddling in what should be strictly secular affairs. The Inquirer editorial underlines the importance of the legitimacy issue.
Billy Esposo is still concerned with Fidel Ramos salvaging his standing. I don’t know why.
In the blogosphere,
In the blogosphere, Philippine Commentary and Red’s Herring go deeper into Church-State issues. Ricky Carandang believes that if people think the CBCP position’s muddled, it reflected the muddled nature of society at large. Piercing Pens thinks they were fed a magic potion.
Philippine Politics 04 has a bone to pick with Bong Austero.
Bunker Chronicles shares some concerns about the new education secretary.
Morofilm points out the Philippines refused to ratify an international agreement on Indigenous People’s rights.
Iloilo City Boy tackles the mega-region scheme.
Another Hundred Years Hence wonders what happened to all the fantastic Subic development plans.
Citizen on Mars looks forward to more green technology.
baratillo@cubao on piranhas in the Philippines (scary thought!)
Mamutong reminds us of the tragedy in Mumbai.