Category: The Long View

The Long View: Governor Gollum

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Governor Gollum By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM March 06, 2019   The new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor, whom the care and worry of public service has aged so that he charmingly resembles Sméagol (in his Gollum phase), looked not only pleased, but relieved, he’s been …

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The Long View: A lack of succession

Tweet   THE LONG VIEW A lack of succession By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:03 AM February 27, 2019   On Edsa day, Mark Thompson appeared on ANC and expressed the opinion that Edsa failed to create strong institutions and an efficient political system. What struck me about his interview was not his …

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The Long View: The grand bargain

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The grand bargain By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:07 AM February 20, 2019   There was a brief spasm of soul-searching in the wake of the behavior of some nurses at Tuburan District Hospital. The behavior of the nurses — “shocking indifference to and deliberate neglect of” a man …

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The Long View: All roads lead to the status quo

Tweet THE LONG VIEW All roads lead to the status quo By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:05 AM February 13, 2019   At a dinner on Monday night, I asked a veteran former senator (not affiliated with the opposition) why the President seemed unconcerned with backing a full slate, and he responded with …

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The Long View: Chronicle of a city’s agony

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Chronicle of a city’s agony By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:05 AM February 06, 2019   In 1995, a Great Remembering began. That year marked the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Manila, and survivors who had spent decades focused on living began sharing their memories of the destruction …

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The Long View: Is eight enough?

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Is eight enough? By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM January 30, 2019   In a curious coincidence, both the opposition and the President have eight candidates for the Senate. The opposition put its slate (Alejano, Aquino, Diokno, Gutoc, Hilbay, Macalintal, Roxas, Tañada) together first, while the President’s list …

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The Long View: The waiting game

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The waiting game By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM November 15, 2017 The waiting now begins to see if President Duterte and his people will resume their campaign to proclaim a revolutionary government. My colleague, John Nery, has made a convincing case that the President has wanted to …

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The Long View: Garbage in, garbage out

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Garbage in, garbage out By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:08 AM November 01, 2017 Deng Xiaoping famously remarked, “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white. As long as it catches mice, it is a good cat.” His pragmatic point of view created decades of prosperity for …

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The Long View: The problem of the Gordian knot

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The problem of the Gordian knot By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:05 AM October 25, 2017 When a leader solves a problem with bold action, it’s often referred to as cutting the Gordian knot. This comes from a legend about Alexander the Great reaching the city of Gordium, whose …

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The Long View: Unintended consequences

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Unintended consequences By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:04 AM October 18, 2017 A two-day holiday for kids in school is a wonderful thing — for the kids. By the time you get to college, it’s still rather nice but by then you’re old enough to worry about what will …

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The Long View: Racing against the clock

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Racing against the clock By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:09 AM October 11, 2017 In politics, the most direct path from point A to point B is a zigzag and not a straight line. To try otherwise is to line up possible opponents all in a row: big business, …

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The Long View: Between Bato and a hard place

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Between Bato and a hard place By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:08 AM October 04, 2017 For a couple of days now, the PNP Chief has been belching fire at the media, the public, and anyone else critical of the casualties on the “war on drugs.” He blames the …

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