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The demise of the King

Tweet   THE Filipino likes the underdog, the maligned, the oppressed, only when the victim fights back and becomes a winner. We like people who are daring and fight great odds –but we also reserve a special contempt for those who have everything, and gain nothing –or lose everything. We like our heroes flawed, even …

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Faith in the Filipino

Tweet THE long winded and at times hysterical debates in Congress, concerning the canvassing of votes for the presidency and vice presidency, should not obscure the fact that we are witnessing, for now, a demonstration of the political maturity of the Filipino. The faith and fortitude of that faith, in the democratic process is shown …

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The perils of derailment

Tweet MOST of the time, congress operates in the shadows. By this I mean that the general public, while it funds congress and elects its members, goes about its business in blissful ignorance of how and what congress does. There are times, however, when congress and its workings are subjected to the scrutiny of the …

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Sobriety

Tweet Sobriety  by Manuel L. Quezon III   SOBER yet gracious was Raul Roco’s concession of defeat. He is the first presidential candidate to face up to reality and react with dignity. It is the latter characteristic that is remarkable for its rarity. Often, the admission of defeat in our country is marked with bitterness …

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Philippines Free Press Commentary

Tweet by Manuel L. Quezon III   IN the Philippines, perception is king, and plausibility is queen. If things are perceived to be, then they are, regardless of reality. At the same time, if something is plausible, it is viewed as probable –again, regardless of reality. The reality is that the counting isn’t over, and …

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Intimations of mortality

Tweet Intimations of mortality by Manuel L. Quezon III     AS this is being written, Raul Roco has yet to arrive. I don’t know whether he will bring glad or somber tidings about his health. Whatever the news, at least rumor will be replaced with facts. One of Roco’s most ardent supporters is my …

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Running scared

Tweet Running scared by Manuel L. Quezon III   ON his last day as a member of the cabinet, I overheard Manuel “Mar” Roxas II dispense this pearl of electoral wisdom: if, as you go around shaking hands during the campaign, you ask a voter, “will you vote for me?” and the voter gives a …

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Crushed hopes

Tweet Crushed hopes by Manuel L. Quezon III   FOR all intents and purposes, Raul Roco’s quest for the presidency has come to an end. Yesterday he announced that due to an illness that could be debilitating, he was backing out of the campaign. Although he remains, officially, a candidate, the dreams of his Alliance …

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Appalling

Tweet FROM the time the Supreme Court was completely Filipinized in 1935, presidents have paid keen attention to the selection and appointment of justices. It helped that most of our presidents were lawyers, and lawyers always have pretensions to scholarship and a love of the “pure” study and application of the law. Presidents believed they …

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Sold out

Tweet OUR national mythology contains the stories of intrepid wanderers who arrived on our shores in balanghais, Malay migrants who were the most successful wave of new arrivals in a country that continues to be influenced by arrivals seeking imperial glory, financial fulfillment, or merely a new place to call home. Our ethnic groups are …

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Conditioning

Tweet   ON the day the amici curae trooped to the Supreme Court to be heard on the Poe disqualification petition, Ms. Susan Roces appeared before legions of her husband’s supporters in Plaza Miranda and told them to keep calm. The majority went along with her call, but a minority disobeyed her. And significant minority …

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Que sera sera

Tweet REACTIONS to presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr’s appearance on Max Soliven’s show have focused more on what the candidate didn’t say, than on what he did. This is the easy way of looking at things. After all, Poe did not say much, and the little that was said was repeated over and over again. …

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