The MILF reports that Nur Misuari is about to be released as part of a deal between the Philippine government and the MNLF to facilitate the latter’s involvement in the peace process. The Gadfly bewails the “indecent haste” to conclude an accord with the MILF and discusses some of the implications.
Subject: MILF believes Misuari to be released soon
The MILF predicted yesterday that MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari would be released in four days time as “part of a bigger bargain between the MNLF and the Arroyo administration to involve the former in the search for a comprehensive peace settlement in Mindanao.”
In Monday’s Business World, Filomeno Sta. Ana III discusses the problems of the export sector.
Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III
The peso’s recent appreciation, which the Arroyo
administration would like to interpret as a positive
economic indicator, once again brings to the fore the
problems that Philippine exporters face. The peso
appreciation from a high of PhP56.00 to US$1.00 to
nearly PhP52 to US$1.00 has inflicted heavy losses to
Philippine exports, especially products like
electronics that are already going through a slump.
We are reprinting an excerpt Ellen Tordesillas’ Malaya column.
Seems like another retiree is getting ready to move in to one of the DFA’s old folks’ homes.
Davide eyes a UN job
The appointment of retired Supreme Court Justice Hilario Davide as presidential adviser for electoral reforms should worry career foreign service officers on the possibility that another violation of the Foreign Service Law is in the offing, involving a person they regard highly.
We say to them, at least for 60 days because that’s time given to the newly minted presidential adviser for electoral reforms to submit his recommendations to Gloria Arroyo, the president who was never elected by the Filipino people.
What time is it?
Manuel Buencamino / Business Mirror
Hunter S. Thompson once said, “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 to keep from losing completely.” Well, it’s been six months since we heard the Hello Garci tapes and Gloria Arroyo is still in Malacañang.
Because the man on the street, unlike academics and ideologues in their ivory towers, does not live by manifestos and reform agenda alone. He needs to see a face. Experience has taught him that who is as important as what.
Second, although some of us enjoy large followings, (more…)
Face of the opposition
By Manuel L. Quezon III / Philippine Daily Inquirer
IT HAS often been pointed out that while the administration has two clearly identifiable faces — the President and the Vice President — the opposition, up to now, doesn’t have one. While efforts have been made to bring the different opposition groups together and to project a more united and coordinated opposition front, much remains to be done. With no one clearly leading the fight, even opposition members themselves admit that their efforts aren’t as effective, because there’s “no clear alternative.”
THE PROFESSIONAL HECKLER imagines what it would be like if GMA were Manny Pacquiao
IF GMA WERE A BOXER…
In Arab News,The Middle East’s Leading English Language Daily, Manuel Quezon III discusses an emerging anti-American alliance.
Do Americans Realize the Growth of Anti-US Alliance?
Manuel L. Quezon III, firstname.lastname@example.org
It boggles the mind that Osama Bin Laden has had the time and resources to catch up on his reading. And yet this is precisely what his most recent, recorded, statement suggests. A Reuters report says that after Bin Laden endorsed “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower” by Mark Blum to the American people (after warning them of Al-Qaeda attacks to come, Bin Laden said, “It is useful for you to read the book ‘The Rogue State’”), sales of the book took off like a rocket.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sec. Bunye’s Statement on the Council of State Meeting
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in this morning’s Council of State meeting. The President announced she reached an agreement with herself.
Sec. Gabriel Claudio, political adviser of the president, hailed the consensus as a reconciliation between the president and herself. Former President Fidel V. Ramos explained the agreement between Pres. Arroyo and Pres. Arroyo as a win-win situation.
Speaker Jose de Venecia said the meeting’s positive outcome made him ecstatic, enraptured, elated,euphoric, overjoyed, blissed-out, and in seventh heaven. Without pausing for breath, de Venecia added that he was happy, jovial, gleeful, bouyant, jubilant, chirpy, delighted, and all pumped-up for the shift to a French parliamentary model in preparation for a shift to a British parliamentary model that will make the Philippines a First World country like all the First World countries such as England, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Australia, Canada, and Japan which got rid of checks and balances, gridlock, jams, blockades, occlusions, obstructions, and nuisances.
Following her tete-a-tete with herself, the President retired to her private quarters to have dinner with herself. Thereafter she went to her bedroom for some more time with herself. END STATEMENT.
Philip Gilmore went to the Palace and saw for himself how unconcerned GMA and her generals were about coup talk.