I know that this absolutely no laughing matter, but I laughed out loud after reading this line in today’s banner story of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, on Amnesty International’s call for the President to go the extra mile in curbing the alarming number of political killings and human rights abuses targeting left-wing activists:
“Some 224 dead activists later, the police are finally starting to see a ‘pattern’ in the killings.”
While it’s not exactly a prime example of objective journalistic writing, it is nevertheless a gem. I remember being similarly elated over a sentence in another Inquirer article reporting President Arroyo’s declaration of support for the people’s initiative for Charter Change:
“After the President’s declaration, her Cabinet and advisers took turns defending the people’s initiative after days of denying involvement in it.”
Gives you an idea on how the country’s being run, huh?
Another, um, “interesting” item in the news today was President Estrada’s statement in reaction to the alleged illegal detention and torture of 5 five of his supporters. The statement, in part, read: “Our nation is now poised to be engulfed in a tidal wave of discontent that may no longer be held back… We live in dangerous times under a government that violates all fundamental rules… there is a gathering storm and the Arroyo regime must beware or the tides of fury may swallow it up” I blinked, and spent a few moments thinking, yeah right, Erap said that. After getting over the initial (no, lingering) disbelief over the improbably eloquent statement, I thought, well yeah, he should know what he’s talking about, since a similar “tide of fury” swept him out of office five years ago. It’s like the country is just going through a cycle of tolerating injustice and oppression for a certain period of time, then rousing itself into an impressive wave of fury, only to subside again into apathy, until the next big bang. One wonders if there’s a certain of law of diminishing returns at work here.
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Some re-allocation of tasks at the office resulted in me now being required to spend the first hour or so of my day going over nine broadsheets in search of news relevant to our client’s interests. I don’t exactly have the luxury of time to dwell over each and every article, but I do stumble over “interesting” things once in a while. The news. Gaak. Fascinating, boring, frustrating, appalling – the whole ball of wax. I don’t want to be a cynic, but, gaaak.
I am so not a morning person.