Blogging is addition

With apologies, of course, to Amang Rodriguez.

I’ve added two more "pages" (permanent posts, so to speak). The second part of a 2003 special report on the Lamitan siege was the subject of a P20-million libel suit filed by Wahab Akbar of Basilan; a reader had asked me for a copy, and since the suit has already been thrown out (by the prosecutor, and then again by the DOJ on appeal), our lawyer gave me the green light to publish it again. It’s titled "Lamitan siege: Officials’ role."

In April 2005, the week Pope John Paul II died and was buried, the Inquirer ran three editorials on the legacy of an indisputably great man; I am happy to say they reflect my own thinking.

I’ve also updated the links on the right sidebar; may I direct your attention to two incisive and well-written blogs? Exie Abola, twice a Palanca first-prize winner, keeps Dogberry; Mon Casiple, as colleague Manolo Quezon has already and repeatedly acknowledged, writes some of the sanest commentary on that continuing act of insanity called Philippine politics.

Here’s to our moments of lucidity.


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  1. Excerpts from a Presidential Speech of Resignation

    Good evening my countrymen:

    This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office, where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this Nation. Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believe affected the national interest.

    In all the decisions I have made in my public life, I have always tried to do what was best for the Nation.

    In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Congress to justify continuing that effort. As long as there was such a base, I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the constitutional process through to its conclusion, that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately difficult process and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future.

    But with the disappearance of that base, I now believe that the constitutional purpose has been served, and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged.

    I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interests of the Nation must always come before any personal considerations.
    I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as President, I must put the interest of the country first.

    The nation needs a full-time President and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad.

    To continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the President and the Congress in a period when our entire focus should be on the great national issues of economic prosperity and political stability..

    Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow. The Vice President will be sworn in as President at that hour in this office.

    By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of that process of healing which is so desperately needed in this country.

    I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision. I would say only that if some of my judgments were wrong, and some were wrong, they were made in what I believed at the time to be the best interest of the Nation.

    To those who have stood with me during these past difficult months, to my family, my friends, to many others who joined in supporting my cause because they believed it was right, I will be eternally grateful for your support.

    And to those who have not felt able to give me your support, let me say I leave with no bitterness toward those who have opposed me, because all of us, in the final analysis, have been concerned with the good of the country, however our judgments might differ.

    To have served in this office is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with our people. In leaving it, I do so with this prayer: May God’s grace be with you in all the days ahead.

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