The beginning of a new year is always a good time for reflection. In our previous posting, the Gadfly reviewed the previous year’s foreign policy. He did not discuss the internal affairs of the DFA. Well, we will do that for him.
This year-old article from a Belgian newspaper is dedicated to Amb. Clemencio Montesa and Anamarie Morales. If not for Foreign Service Officers like them, we might have been fooled into believing that crime does not pay.
We thank our two distinguished colleagues for setting the record straight and proving to us that in our department, you can get away with anything, provided you have the right connections.
Crime pays in the DFA.
Subject: Foreign policy in 2005
A review of the more important Philippine foreign policy decisions in 2005 would reveal a diplomacy lacking an overarching vision and characterized by the absence of proper planning, execution and coordination. (more…)
We will be back after the holidays, unless, hopefully, something unusual occurs.
Meanwhile, we leave you with a New Year’s message taken from our favorite Hunter S. Thompson line –
“IN A NATION RUN BY SWINE, ALL PIGS ARE UPWARD MOBILE AND THE REST OF US ARE FUCKED UNTIL WE CAN PUT OUR ACTS TOGETHER. NOT NECESSARILY TO WIN, BUT MAINLY FROM LOSING COMPLETELY.”
The Gadfly is back and he’s not too pleased with the Asean leaders. I don’t think they can expect to find anything under their Christmas trees, not from the Gadfly anyway.
Subject: The ASEAN summit in KL: Burma and the proposed charter
The ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur early this month tackled the Burmese situation. However, the chairman’s statement issued at the end of the meeting reveals that no forceful action against the junta in Rangoon can be expected from the organization in the near future.
Deafening Echoes of the 1972 Constitutional Convention
by Manuel L. Quezon III
Shortly after the declaration of martial law in 1972, delegates to the Constitutional Convention were offered a reward in exchange for their swift approval of a new constitution. (more…)
Mayhem before midnight: ConCom’s last few hours
By Benjie Guevarra
LET’S play “spot the difference.” Grab last Friday’s Palace photo of President Arroyo in her fuchsia-and-black ensemble, encircled by more or less 50 commissioners in their crisp barong or smart dress suits, with the imposing presidential seal high up on the background, and tell me what is wrong with the picture. (more…)
In this article written for the Inquirer, Manuel Quezon III continues his analysis of the military mind.
Hearts and minds
By Manuel L. Quezon III
THE Portuguese dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar drew a commentary in the Times of London in 1961: “Who has not often felt the distaste with democratic politics which Salazar expressed when he said that he ‘detested politics from the bottom of his heart; all those noisy and incoherent promises, the impossible demands, the hotchpotch of unfounded ideas and impractical plans… opportunism that cares neither for truth nor justice, the inglorious chase after unmerited fame, the unleashing of uncontrollable passions, the exploitation of the lowliest instincts, the distortion of facts… all that feverish and sterile fuss?’”
DOJ defends cops making fools of themselves
Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J. / Opinion / Philippine Daily Inquirer
I AM no admirer of retired Gen. Fortunato Abat but I do pity him, even if former President Fidel Ramos said Abat had it coming.
The police had all the time in the world to get a warrant of arrest and would probably have gotten it. Abat was not about to jump into a Lear jet for a farming adventure in Mindanao via Hong Kong, London and Singapore.
Who Will Use the Filipino Soldiers First?
by Manuel L. Quezon III
Montesquieu, in “The Spirit of Laws,” wrote, “It is natural for mankind to set a higher value upon courage than timidity, on activity than prudence, on strength than counsel. Hence the army will ever despise Senate, and respect their own officers. They will naturally slight the orders sent them by a body of men whom they look upon as cowards, and therefore unworthy to command them. So that as soon as the troops depend entirely on the legislative body, it becomes a military government; and if the contrary has ever happened, it has been owing to some extraordinary circumstances. It is because the army was always kept divided; it is because it was composed of several bodies that depend each on a particular province; it is because the capital towns were strong places, defended by their natural situation, and not garrisoned with regular troops.” (more…)
Posted by: Sheila Coronel | PCIJ
Filed under: In the News, Science and Technology
SOON after the elections in May 2004, Military Intelligence Group (MIG) 21, the signal intelligence unit of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or ISAFP, got the order to tap a certain phone number. (more…)