Corazon Aquino is in the news, served up three ways: she appeals on behalf of Jonas Burgos (see Ellen Tordesillas for details on his shocking abduction); the Palace has instructed that her son be defeated at all costs; and her phone, it seems, has been tapped.
The President reiterates her confidence in the AFP chief of staff; the President’s husband decides to drop the many libel cases he’s filed.
My column for today is Political idealism. In the end, I’ve decided to vote for the entire slate of Ang Kapatiran and to vote for Kiko Pangilinan; my column explains why.
But even if the number of cases and the number of casualties don’t reach the same levels as in previous elections, there is one difference that should worry both the police and the politicians. This time around, it is not just the foot soldiers that are in the line of fire, the killers are raising their sights and targeting the candidates themselves.
The dominant majority, and minority parties are Lakas-CMD and the Liberal Party, respectively, Comelec says.
In the blogosphere, my entry in Inquirer Current is a response to co-blogger John Nery’s counterpoint to some of my original points on what this election’s about. John and I also discuss a party-list that is miffed over being identified as being affiliated with the Palace. Still in a party-list frame of mind, Billy Esposo gives way in his column to Mong Palatino, party-list candidate (and, of course, blogger at Mongster’s Nest). A related news story is another party-list in trouble because of a YouTube video showing one of its nominees promising voters “dividends” from the pork barrel if they vote for that party.
On a more traditional vein, Alex Magno hails what he expects to be the coming triumph of party politics (which is why I’m not too keen on political parties, period).
blurry brain presents the points he wanted to raise on my show concerning labor and employment.
The Lonely Vampire Chronicles on why bloggers have to be vigilant when it comes to proposals to require registration with the government.
Pac Daddy on the PNCC’s dimwit SLEX construction strategy.