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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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The Long View: Watching and waiting

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Watching and waiting By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:08 AM August 30, 2017 All business involves risk, but there is a difference between commercial and political risk. Commercial risk can be gamed out; political risk cannot. The greater the political risk, the higher the incentive to wait and see, …

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The Long View: His struggle

Tweet THE LONG VIEW His struggle By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:08 AM August 23, 2017 The President was rather subdued when he went on air for a press conference after having dinner with the Palace press corps. He didn’t take the bait when asked about Kian delos Santos, preferring to double-down on …

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The Long View: China’s pleasant Asean picture

Tweet THE LONG VIEW China’s pleasant Asean picture By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:08 AM August 09, 2017 It ain’t necessarily so, that in diplomacy, actions speak louder than words. As we will see, a huge amount of time and trouble goes into the carefully-crafted statements that result from meetings of diplomats. These …

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The Long View: The North remembers

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The North remembers By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:14 AM August 02, 2017 That was the title of a newspaper ad that appeared in the papers when Gov. Imee Marcos was scheduled for her showdown with Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas. Designed in the unique title font of the cable …

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The Long View: Maximum Leader

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Maximum Leader By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:08 AM July 26, 2017 To be Maximum Leader requires demonstrations of stamina. The President’s second State of the Nation Address was a performance echoing Fidel Castro and Sukarno in their heyday: extemporaneous, combative, multi-hour speeches became proof that they were the …

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The Long View: What comes next for newspapers?

Tweet THE LONG VIEW What comes next for newspapers? By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:26 AM July 19, 2017 Recently I was surprised to see an ad for The New Yorker magazine in my Instagram feed. The surprising part was that the ad said it was a “special offer for the Philippines,” or …

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The Long View: The military dilemma

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The military dilemma By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM July 12, 2017 Yesterday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana issued a statement popping the Speaker’s martial-law-until-2022 trial balloon. His statement reasserted what the Armed Forces spokesman had said the day before: Martial law until 2022 is too long. The problem, …

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The Long View: The new Filipino

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The new Filipino By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:08 AM July 05, 2017 The students who gathered at Edsa Dos were Edsa babies, products of the post-dictatorship society, imbued with the expectation that betrayal of the public good carried with it the threat of public protest in the streets. …

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The Long View: Peek-a-boo

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Peek-a-boo By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:08 AM June 28, 2017 This year the President has receded from public view thrice: in February for four days, and this month on June 12-16 and again on June 20-27. Two reasons for these absences have been given: rest, and catching up …

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The Long View: Strategic drift

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Strategic drift By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:22 AM June 21, 2017 The most difficult way to conduct a war is to do it along two or more fronts. Carl von Clausewitz famously wrote, war is the continuation of politics by other means. If so, one must ask: What …

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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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