Category Archive: Commentary

Mar 21

SpotPH Commentary: Impeach your face

Tweet Impeach your face How an emergency solution has become old hat by Manuel L. Quezon III Mar 21, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo(SPOT.ph) You’ve probably heard of the Ides of March, of which Julius Caesar was warned to beware, and on which he was stabbed to death by those he’d considered his friends. Such is …

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Mar 14

SpotPH Commentary: A Portrait of the Ex-Champion as Politician

Tweet Win A Portrait of the Ex-Champion as Politician Manuel L. Quezon III on how transitioning from uniting sports figure to divisive politician still reveals Manny Pacquiao is Everyman. by Manuel L. Quezon III 5 days ago Shares ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) Time was when, rich or poor, whether you were urban dweller or barrio …

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Feb 28

DeocracyPost: President Duterte’s honeymoon may be ending

Tweet DemocracyPost Opinion President Duterte’s honeymoon may be ending By Manuel Quezon III February 28 A woman holds a placard with an image of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a demonstration last week marking the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution in Quezon City, east of Manila. (Mark R. Cristino/European Pressphoto Agency) Manuel …

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Feb 25

SpotPH Commentary: What if Marcos Won?

Tweet Win What if Marcos Won? And more what-ifs. by Manuel L. Quezon III 5 days ago (SPOT.ph) Ferdinand E. Marcos was literally sick and tired during the EDSA Revolution. From start to finish, he believed he could face down his opponents and master the situation. If you read accounts of those fateful days, Marcos …

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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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