Category: Commentary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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RCBC Robbery: An Aberration or a Prelude?

Tweet Arab News RCBC Robbery: An Aberration or a Prelude?  by Manuel L. Quezon III   On May 15, a payday, the Cabuyao, Laguna Province, branch of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation was invaded by armed men. They executed eight bank employees and a depositor before escaping with the bank’s cash. Filipinos from all walks …

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Corporate Raiders and Proxy Fights

Tweet Arab News Wednesday 21 May 2008  by Manuel L. Quezon III   Over the past weeks, the public’s been either entertained or infuriated by the he-said, she-said arguments between the owners of the Manila Electric and Rail Company (Meralco), and the government. Unless something happens, the media battle will soon come to a head: …

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Search for an Honest Broker in Mindanao

Tweet Arab News Search for an Honest Broker in Mindanao by Manuel L. Quezon III   Our traditional allies in the Mindanao peace process are Indonesia and Libya, Muslim nations that, however, have long established ties of friendship (in the case of Indonesia) and an appreciation of the secular framework of our republic (in the …

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Philippines: The Revival of Federalism

Tweet Arab News Philippines: The Revival of Federalism  by Manuel L. Quezon III   The conquest of the territories that now compose the Philippines was undertaken by the Spanish on a kingdom-by-kingdom basis. And upon getting local royalty to accept Spanish sovereignty, the Spanish then reorganized territory into provinces. At first, the nerve center of …

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Cooperation in the Wake of Rice Panic

Tweet Arab News Cooperation in the Wake of Rice Panic by Manuel L. Quezon III   Last week, on my cable TV show, a member of the audience wondered if the so-called rice crisis is real. She wasn’t alone in thinking this. As Reuters recently reported, “Rice price surge frustrates and puzzles Asians” and as …

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