Category: The Long View

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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Taking stock

Tweet TO have been born on the day Ferdinand Marcos fled, is to be 18 years old today. Old enough to vote, old enough to have received military training. To be 18 is to be young enough to know the Edsa Revolution only as a story. A magical story of a time when Filipinos were …

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Vin d’Honneur

Tweet Vin d’Honneur by Manuel L. Quezon III   SOMEONE recently asked me about the origins of the Vin d’Honneur held in the Palace’s Rizal Hall last January 9. I tried doing research on the origins of the Vin d’Honneur and only came up with a French tradition of offering a libation (originally to the …

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Perils of reconciliation

Tweet Perils of reconciliation by Manuel L. Quezon III   A FEW weeks ago, on a radio show, I said that there cannot be any reconciliation without victory. President Roxas only put an end to the collaboration issue after winning election in 1946, and holding the collaborators at arm’s length during the campaign. But the …

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Looking for a legacy

Tweet Looking for a legacy by Manuel L. Quezon III   IF things had turned out differently, Joseph Ejercito Estrada would still be in a difficult position today. The abandonment of a president, about to become an ex-president, is as inevitable as it is swift when new opportunities for advancement arise. The coming national election …

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