October 2005 archive

Who will guard the guardians?

Tweet (Below: the Mabini Gate of the Palace barricaded with GI sheets; from Jove Francisco’s blog; this was the gate attacked most violently on May 1, 2001) In his blog, Jove Francisco reports that ironically, the Presidential Security Group has returned to normal duty (shedding their battle fatigues), just as they have come under suspicion. …

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Paranormal and historical

Tweet Since everyone is basically on vacation until around Tuesday, here’s an article I wrote for Araw Magazine some years back. It’s in keeping with the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls. Paranormal and Historical: A quest for meaning in the North Cemetery by Manuel L. Quezon III AS a young boy, my father …

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December surprise

Tweet (Right: Official OPS photo) A fire has broken out in one of the Department of Budget and Management’s buildings. This comes at the heels of reports of former Budget chief Emilia Boncodin making a deposition about the release of fertilizer funds in time for the 2004 elections. This is going to be one of …

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While I was away

Tweet For the first time since I joined the Inquirer, I missed out on writing a column for today, because of extreme jet lag. So sorry. So much has happened. A week is, indeed, a long time in politics. In the United States, it was fascinating watching how the rot in the Bush administration seems …

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Notes

Tweet At the forum I attended, I presented the following analysis of the situation: I. The collapse of Philippine Institutions In 1998, an electoral revolt against the established sectors resulted in the elite unleashing a period of reaction that began in 2000 and is culminating now. There is also a generational shift evident in many …

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Is Arroyo’s Reputation Salvagable?

Tweet Arab News Is Arroyo’s Reputation Salvagable? by Manuel L. Quezon III Diosdado Macapagal “the incorruptible”, as his campaign biography called him, was president of the Philippines for a single term, 1961-1965, and was the father of the present president of the Philippines. He had the distinction of being the first — and so far, …

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Filipinos Should Find Ways of Coalition Building

Tweet Arab News Filipinos Should Find Ways of Coalition Building by Manuel L. Quezon III Those who want reform say the Philippines needs a genuine party system. Others reply that it’s useless to try to legislate a party system when the usual suspects will be manning those parties. And yet, the question must be asked: …

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Jurado sabotaged by editor

Tweet Pardon me, but your Freudian slip is showing. Compare the synopsis on the main page of the Manila Standard-Today with Emil Jurado’s real column: Short Version A: Former President President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is right. Malacañang and the police have nothing to apologize for when a motely group of three bishops known to be …

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Scorched earth policy

Tweet As part of his mentoring me, Teddy Locsin once gave me a stack of books, including that famous work by Montesquieu known as The Spirit of the Laws. I was given the book in 1995, told to read it, and found it invaluable during the time of troubles of Joseph Estrada. The other day, …

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Pissed-off pro-parliament people

Tweet The real big news, of course, is the return to the blogging scene of the arch-blogger among political bloggers, Philippine Commentary. I, for one, and there are many others, am overjoyed over Dean Jorge Bocobo’s return to the blogosphere. One of his first entries (in this, the latest reincarnation of his blog), points out …

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Autogolpe

Tweet (Right: Official Palace photo. Add your own caption.) As I’m writing this, the President is addressing the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and giving a verbal spanking to those opposed to her -opposing is ok, she says, as long as the opposition is restricted to “fiscalizing.” Our word for the day is autogolpe, …

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Spying on the US Makes Manila Look Bad

Tweet Arab News Spying on the US Makes Manila Look Bad by Manuel L. Quezon III   Perhaps you’ve heard of a case involving an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation leaking American government reports concerning the Philippines, to Filipino officials. The FBI employee may have been doing this since he did a three-year …

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