The Philippines national airline is represented by the three letter acronym, PAL. Those who haven't flown PAL may think that the 3 letters stand for "Philippine Airlines". But to Filipinos, they stand for "Plane Always Late". The constant lateness pretty much represents the character of the Filipino - he likes to take his time, dragging his butt along until the eleventh hour.
Well, we're not quite at the eleventh hour but just a couple of months from the Olympiad, RP still does not have a full Olympiad outfit. As I write, there are elimination tournaments across the archipelago to determine the composition of RP's team. While all these are happening, a minor controversy is about to ignite.
The local federation, National Chess Federation of the Philippines, will seed the country's top 3 grandmasters into the national side. And Mark Paragua is not too happy.
From the Inquirer.