Confusion. Are we so kalat that we can’t even get obsequious terror appeasement right? On the other hand, this might be a delaying tactic. “As soon as possible” might just be code for “the original deadline and no sooner,” and as this Scotsman report puts it, “the confusion may have been deliberate.” Not a particularly honest ploy, but hey, if it saves De la Cruz while still honoring our Coalition schedule, it’s a good thing, if a bit unctuous.
(Build your Tagalog vocabulary! Malabo: adj. hazy, blurry, unclear, incoherent. Kalat: adj. messy, or n. mess.)
Update: More from Dean Jorge Bocobo on the influence of the Filipino anti-American far-left on media perception, the challenge before President Gloria, the emboldment of terrorist kidnappers, and the threat now facing Filipino workers in the region if we do cave in to terrorist demands.