Category Archive: Commentary

Nov 12

DemocracyPost Commentary: When strongmen meet: Trump and Duterte in Manila

Tweet DemocracyPost Opinion When strongmen meet: Trump and Duterte in Manila By Manuel Quezon III November 12 at 1:19 PM President Trump talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a gala dinner marking in Manila on Nov. 12. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Manuel Quezon III is a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper and the host of …

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Oct 31

Spot.ph Commentary: The Taxonomy of Terror

Tweet Win The Taxonomy of Terror We have a uniquely Filipino way of looking at the supernatural. by Manuel L. Quezon III Oct 31, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) Recently The New Yorker published an interesting article about the unexpected revival of “Dungeons and Dragons” in the United States. The article mentions how Stranger Things …

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Oct 27

Spot.ph Commentary: Haunting and Horror

Tweet Win Haunting and Horror There’s a difference between spooky and scary. by Manuel L. Quezon III Oct 27, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) Words can spook you without resorting to chainsaw type tricks. We all know this from childhood, as our elders told us stories that caused goosebumps and raised the hairs on the …

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Sep 11

Spot.ph Commentary: Ferdinand Marcos and Us

Tweet News + Features Win Ferdinand Marcos and Us We are far from being able to take stock of his life. by Manuel L. Quezon III Sep 11, 2017 Shares ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) A hundred years ago today, Ferdinand E. Marcos was born. If things had gone his way, instead of mass and luncheon …

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Sep 01

Spot.ph Commentary: Magsaysay Didn’t Boogie But Boy, Could He Mambo

Tweet Win Magsaysay Didn’t Boogie But Boy, Could He Mambo And his rivals said it was a national calamity. by Manuel L. Quezon III Sep 1, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) August 31 marks the birth anniversary of a great Ilocano (not the one you might be thinking), Ramon Magsaysay. Even as you’d tuned out …

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Aug 31

Spot.ph Commentary: Why Isn’t Independence Day in August?

Tweet Win Why Isn’t Independence Day in August? We’re legalistic and confuse heroism with sainthood. by Manuel L. Quezon III Aug 31, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo(SPOT.ph) Chances are you only thought about National Heroes Day in terms of it making a long weekend possible. And now, you’re looking forward to another long weekend thanks to …

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Jun 15

DemocracyPost: It turns out martial law in the Philippines isn’t quite so simple after all

Tweet DemocracyPost  Opinion It turns out martial law in the Philippines isn’t quite so simple after all By Manuel Quezon III June 15 Government soldiers stand guard as troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City, Philippines, on Thursday. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters) Manuel Quezon III is a …

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Jun 12

Spot.PH Commentary: The Philippines Isn’t What It Used to Be

Tweet The Philippines Isn’t What It Used to Be Hint: We used to consider Palau part of the country. by Manuel L. Quezon III Jun 12, 2017   (SPOT.ph) We mark Independence Day with displays of the flag, and generations of schoolchildren are reminded of its evolution, and the meaning of the sun and stars …

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May 24

SpotPH Commentary: Effects Of Duterte’s Declaration Of Martial Law In Mindanao

Tweet Effects Of Duterte’s Declaration Of Martial Law In Mindanao | SPOT.ph What President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao means by Manuel L. Quezon III May 24, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo(SPOT.ph)   In our country, Martial Law has been imposed four times. The first was by President Jose P. Laurel on September 21, …

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Apr 27

Spot.ph commentary: ASEAN and the Elephant in the Room

Tweet News + Features What’s New Win ASEAN and the Elephant in the Room At the 2017 summit, the elephant in the room is the People’s Republic of China. by Manuel L. Quezon III 3 days ago Shares ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo(SPOT.ph) ASEAN marks its 50th anniversary with a summit in Manila this weekend. Member countries …

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Apr 25

Washington Post DemocracyPost: Why impeachment is a threat to President Duterte — even if everyone knows it won’t pass

Tweet DemocracyPost Opinion Why impeachment is a threat to President Duterte — even if everyone knows it won’t pass By Manuel Quezon III April 25 On April 8, in Navotas city in the Philippines, family members mourn a man who was allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade who was shot dead by unknown gunmen. …

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Mar 31

Asian Sentinel: Impeachment Mania in Manila

Tweet Impeachment Mania in Manila Posted on March 31, 2017 By Manuel Quezon III Headline, Philippines, Politics President, Vice President both face charges For the first time, the Philippines’ two highest officials face the threat of impeachment in the House of Representatives. President Rodrigo Duterte faces an impeachment complaint filed on March 16 by a …

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