Category Archive: Commentary

Nov 29

Spot.ph Commentary: Why is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?

Tweet Why is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? Hate it or not, the “dilawan” is probably part of your DNA, too. by Manuel L. Quezon III Nov 29, 2016 ILLUSTRATOR War EspejoOthers are giving you their lives on fields of battle, Fighting joyfully, without hesitation, or thought for the consequence. How it takes place …

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Nov 16

Spot.ph Commentary: We Don’t Understand The Donald. Sad!

Tweet News + Features What’s New Win We Don’t Understand The Donald. Sad! But there are clues if you look hard enough. by Manuel L. Quezon III ILLUSTRATOR Elaine Villanueva (SPOT.ph) The little anyone knows about Trump comes from The Donald himself: He likes to win. He is a winner. He is Master of the …

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Oct 21

Spot.ph Commentary: Enter the Dragon

Tweet Win Enter the Dragon China has mastered the art of power projection. Manuel L. Quezon III elaborates. by Manuel L. Quezon III Oct 21, 2016 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo(SPOT.ph) When we arrived in Beijing on August 30, 2011, the first thing I noticed was that the city seemed trapped in a perpetual gloom: little did …

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Oct 01

Obituary: Mother of Dragons

Tweet Obituary: Mother of Dragons The mixed legacy of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago by Manuel L. Quezon III 5 days ago ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo(SPOT.ph) One of my early assignments as a writer for the Philippines Free Press was to interview two presidential candidates for the 1998 polls. The first was Emilio Osmeña. The second was …

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Sep 22

A shrewdness of apes and a barrel of monkeys

Tweet A shrewdness of apes and a barrel of monkeys There has to be a better way to mount congressional investigations. by Manuel L. Quezon III Sep 22, 2016 (SPOT.ph) If you give enough monkeys enough typewriters, one of them will sooner or later crank out Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This sort of reasoning seems to be …

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Sep 10

Lost in Translation

Tweet Lost in Translation President Duterte’s debut on the world stage revealed as much about us, the people, as it did about him as president. by Manuel L. Quezon III Sep 10, 2016 (SPOT.ph) Winston Churchill defined diplomacy as “the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask …

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Aug 24

Congressmen are on dangerous ground in wanting to investigate a sitting senator

Tweet Congressmen are on dangerous ground in wanting to investigate a sitting senator There’s more than one way to skin a cat. by Manuel L. Quezon III Aug 24, 2016 ILLUSTRATOR Criselda Carreon (SPOT.ph) There is a three-cornered fight going on, and it involves the president, the House of Representatives, and Sen. Leila De Lima. …

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Aug 12

The law says Marcos is a hero—and it also doesn’t

Tweet The law says Marcos is a hero—and it also doesn’t Manuel L. Quezon III looks into why Marcos is still considered a hero, officially, by some. by Manuel L. Quezon III ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) The simple truth is, our institutions are divided on whether Marcos was hero or heel—no wonder the public’s confused, …

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Jul 29

Duterte’s Treason to the Political Class

Tweet (SPOT.ph) When President Duterte mounted the rostrum in the session hall of the Batasang Pambansa, he did so as the tenth president who was an alumnus of the House—an institution he has bluntly been contemptuous of in the past. As he once put it, “I’ve been in the Congress and after the flag ceremony …

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Jul 25

The last blush of the afterglow of victory

Tweet ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) It will not, of course, be the first time a noted director has taken charge of a president’s State of the Nation Address. That distinction belongs to the late Zeneida Amador, who handled the optics for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s first SONA in 2001. But whatever Brilliante Mendoza manages on this, …

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Nov 25

The worm within

Tweet Inquirer Current  The worm within  by Manuel L. Quezon III   This will be my only entry for the rest of this week, as I have to clear the decks and prepare for Asia on the Edge in Singapore this weekend. If you’re there, you may want to attend some of the Thought Leaders activities. The news has …

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Jun 04

War Fever Hits Mindanao as Per Predictable Script

Tweet Arab News War Fever Hits Mindanao as Per Predictable Script by Manuel L. Quezon III   Last year, a former Cabinet official told me that conflict in Mindanao is essentially “self-containing.” What do you mean, I asked. As I understood it, it works along these lines: The military undertakes an offensive; the leadership of …

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