It seems that Malacanang has decided to get with the program. On the issue of the unsolved killings, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye released a new, (relatively) tougher statement.
"Those who perpetrated these senseless killings will not go far," Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye said in a statement. "The law enforcement authorities are on their tracks and we need the cooperation and support of all concerned sectors to get them."
(Note, though, how the second clause in the second sentence seems to undermine the first; the resoluteness of "we are on their tracks" suddenly turns limp, falls by the wayside.)
Yesterday’s economic good news, however, makes me think the real way to put pressure on the Arroyo administration to stop the killings and jail the killers is to argue from economics. Quantify, say, the economic costs of lost investor confidence, because hundreds of political activists and journalists have been killed in the last five years, and perhaps we may finally get somewhere.