Yesterday, the House Committee on Justice went into overtime, debating on the meaning of substance and starting the affirmative and negative sides debating each other, even as the Palace insisted it was above it all.
Yesterday was all about securing one objective. And it was achieved. Opposition derails dismissal of impeach case. And rightly so. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, in his Manual on Parliamentary Practice,
The only weapons by which the minority can defend themselves against similar attempts from those in power, are the forms and rules of proceeding which have been adopted as they were found necessary from time to time, and are become the law of the House; by a strict adherence to which, the weaker party can only be protected from those irregularities and abuses which these forms were intended to check, and which the wantonness of power is but too often apt to suggest to large and successful majorities.
Jefferson’s views remain relevant, both to Americans, and I believe, to the Philippine Senate which refers to his work. See also the official Impeachment Strategy of the US House of Representatives.(RG Cruz blogs about the atmosphere at the House of Representatives, a curious case of bribery, and a big something to happen which he coyly leaves at that).
In other news, Amnesty International slams government.
Comelec Chairman supposedly reiterates intention to throw out “people’s initiative.” Widely expected to occur today, it may be that the filing is delayed or will be delayed until the House dispenses with the impeachment complaint -or, as some scuttlebutt has it, the impeachment hearing may serve as a smokescreen for the filing.
Disturbing statistics from Asian Development Bank: neighboring countries overtake Philippines in percentage of children enrolled in school; Philippine school enrollment dropping; number of kids getting vaccinations dropping; malnutrition increasing.
Oil spill off Guimaras.
Newsbreak has a feature on oil exploration in the Spratleys (see related news story: President revokes permit for Malaysian oil firm), Also, they have a feature on why the Philippines is still on probation as far as getting access to the US Millennium Challenge Account.
Interesting article on the Thai Senate and the dynamics surrounding the selection of election commissioners.
In the punditocracy my Arab News column for this week is Pro-Arroyo Civil Groups Have Power to Avoid Tough Funding Questions.
JB Baylon says the government’s silence on Joc-Joc Bolante (who has been moved to Chicago) is pregnant with meaning.
Manuel Buencamino compares the “people’s initiative” to Astroturf: a carpet that looks like grass minus the roots.
Columnist Lito Banayo has been slapped with a libel suit by the First Gentleman, and says the court has been treating him unfairly. Read Ellen Tordesillas and also, Lito Banayo’s account:
Bong Austero can’t stand checkpoints. Amen.
Patricio Diaz has an interesting two part series (see part 1 and part 2) on the prewar and postwar settling of Mindanao by Christians.
Marvin Tort examines a proposal to make the Philippines more energy sufficient.
Sydney Morning Herald advocates a renewed focus on town planning with a view to public health improvement.
In Malaysia, model of parliamentary government for the administration: what to do about Mahathir Mohamed? In Thailand, the price of keeping Thaksin in power.
The anniversary of the defeat of Japan has provoked a series of articles in Japanese media tackling the war: see the Asahi editorial on reexamining what war criminal, etc., means. See also, the Daily Yomiuri editorial. The Prime Minister, Koizumi, outraged people again by visiting the Yasukuni shrine, which even the Emperor no longer visits.
Gail Ilagan on writing, losing, and winning.
In the blogosphere, Comelec AKO on the promotion of Garcillano’s lieutenants .
Another Hundred Years Hence continues his thought-provoking series on democracy from a design perspective.
Philippine Commentary takes a broad, philosophical look at Gay rights. Carver House has a splendid entry and letter to the editor.
Morofilm on a year of blogging and column-writing and the challenges he’s faced.
On Iloilo City Boy’s endorsement of the parliamentary system, for the reasons he’s given, a proposed reading: “The Wisdom of Crowds” (James Surowiecki)
New Economist on questions over how the level of political debate has deteriorated in the UK.
Torn & Frayed says something I can identify with: spare a smile for lonely book publishers at book fairs.
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