Between Deadlines: The deeper meaning of Erap’s red jacket

The November 10 column features Fe Zamora on a National Press Club official’s irresponsible red-baiting, Nikko Dizon on a military website stuck in pre-State of Emergency time, Volt Contreras on Joseph Estrada’s impeccable and intuitive sense of drama, and Leila Salaverria on a jurist with considerable practice in facing off against the powers-that-be.

Note: A quick peek at the Marine Corps site shows that, after reporter Nikko Dizon started asking awkward questions (specifically, why was the website stuck in 2005, when the commandant was Maj. Gen. Miranda — the same general facing court martial for alleged conspiracy to overthrow the administration), the site administrators decided to bring the site further back in time — to 2004, and another commandant!

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  1. Gloria’s Parallel Universe

    * On Hunger: “Kasi iyun naman ang question ng hunger, do you miss one meal during the last three months? Pati naman ako, I’ve missed one meal in the last three months,” Gloria Arroyo said in an interview after a roundtable discussion on education and social services.

    * On Human Rights:”The Philippines is the most democratic country in the region. We have championed that human rights be included in our ASEAN charter. We have no tolerance for human rights violations of any kind.”

    * On Extra-judicial Killings:”We deplore any and all killings of political activist and journalist. I have met personally with the journalism community and the same with the human rights activist, we share their outrage.”

    * On the Philippine Justice System: “We live by the rule of law. We abide by what the courts of the land decide. We must be a government that honors contracts and agreements that go through the required processes despite media attacks. And we must be a government that abides by what the courts of the land decide on matters of dispute.”

    * On Electoral Reforms:” We can disagree on political goals but never on the conduct of democratic elections. I ask Congress to fund poll watchdogs. And to enact a stronger law against election- related violence”.

    * On the Economy:”We have reached a new level of maturity and stability with some of the strongest macroeconomic fundamentals in 20 years. And I’m glad to see the rate of poverty is down, the rate of poverty is down, general poverty as well as what we have seen, extreme poverty. ”

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