“No politics”: the trapo definition


Unlike that other “victory” in 2004, Manny Pacquiao’s victory over Mexico’s Erik Morales has been correctly described as clean. He didn’t appoint the referee. He didn’t spend other people’s money to convince them he’s the better fighter. And he didn’t call the judges when they were tallying the scores either.

But Pacquiao’s victory is being tainted by the usual suspects: the politicians of the Arroyo administration who regularly cluck their forked tongues over “too much politics”. No politics and all unity has been these worthies’ mantra since the “Hello Garci” tapes broke into print and broadcast in mid-2005. They were at it again exactly a day after Pacquiao’s victory last week. Continue reading

Endorsed by Osama


The news from online book dealer Amazon.com is that the sales of the book Rogue State: a Guide to the World’s Only Superpower (London: Zed Books, 2000) are suddenly booming.

The “rogue state” in the title is neither Libya, Iran, North Korea, or any other country the United States has described in those terms. The “rogue state” is the US itself. Continue reading

Sleepless she isn’t


It was the media’s fault. They waylaid Navy Lieutenant Antonio Trillanes, and given the military’s commitment to free expression, not all the intelligence agents in the country could have, or should have, stopped him from talking to reporters.

That’s Brig. Gen. Marlu Quevedo, chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, artfully explaining why ISAFP stood by with its hands in its pockets while Trillanes was being interviewed by print media reporters and later, by TV network ABS-CBN. Continue reading

Unknown quantity


A coup by “radicalized” officers and men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was one of the possibilities that could “resolve the present crisis” mentioned by a speaker at a book-launching last December at the University of the Philippines.

The crisis is the one that’s been hounding the country since the summer of 2005, when the “Hello Garci” tapes surfaced as the probable smoking gun proving allegations that Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo manipulated the 2004 elections. Continue reading

Fourth category migrants


House Speaker de Venecia said over the weekend that if his campaign for a shift to the parliamentary form of government fails, there would be no hope for the country, and “we might as well migrate.”

The Speaker was talking to reporters after that “historic” meeting of the national directorate of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democratic Party, in which he, former President Fidel Ramos and Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and assorted Lakas denizens were all smiles as they decided—or thought they were deciding– the fate of the nation. Continue reading