Category Archive: Daily Dose

Feb 27

Answers to Heydarian’s Questions

Tweet Responses I gave to a questionnaire from Richard Heydarian: Q. How does Duterte compare historically with his predecessors? what makes him unique? A. Three things set him apart: age, with half a century separating his world-view, language, and thinking from the majority of the current population; purely local experience, which means all things are …

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Sep 08

Unintended consequences of Napoleonic solutions

Tweet ON December 14, 1840, Napoleon Bonaparte’s body was brought in a glittering funeral procession through Paris. See The death of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Retour des Cendres: French and British perspectives for a synopsis of the circumstances surrounding the return: The procession and parade organised by the authorities presented a level of splendour never …

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Aug 30

My answers to questions on the War on Drugs

Tweet (August 30 Questions from Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, and my answers to the questions. A portion was quoted in his article.) Q1. What are your general thoughts on this campaign? Do you support it, or think that it has gone too far with nearly 2,000 already dead? The number of dead is an indication of what is …

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Aug 10

Notes on the Marcos Medals

Tweet (updated August 11, 2016–see postscript)   Background In 1983, the Washington Post printed an article by John Sharkey, questioning the claims of wartime heroism of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos. This led to Minister of Information Gregorio Cendaña writing a rebuttal in a book Documents on the Marcos War Medals published by the Office …

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Jul 24

Sources on, and Accounts of, Past SONAs

Tweet I. What a SONA is   In February, 1972, the Philippines Free Press observed in an editorial (back when terms began on Rizal Day and thus Congress convened in January) that, Every new year the President of the Republic addresses Congress and the people with what is known as his State-of-the-Nation message. An envisioned …

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Mar 04

Closing Remarks at “Doing the Right Thing in Time of Need: Open Door Policy of President Manuel L. Quezon on Jewish Refugees”

Tweet Closing Remarks at the Lecture and Presentation of Prof. Sharon Delmendo on “Doing the Right Thing in Time of Need: Open Door Policy of President Manuel L. Quezon on Jewish Refugees” 04 March 2016, Ayala Museum     This is absolutely the worst job to have because everyone is hungry  and sleepy and wants to …

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Feb 08

The last of the birthday supplements

Tweet The last of the birthday supplements This article appeared in The Philippine Star Features: The President at 56, the special supplement of the Philippine Star to mark the 56th birthday of President Benigno S. Aquino III, February 08, 2016, A-25 By Manuel L. Quezon III     THIS month is heavy with memory. In 1986, …

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Dec 18

The Presidency and the Crisis of Modernity

Tweet I. “Today began yesterday” –As Leon Ma. Guerrero once put it. From Nick Joaquin’s reportage on the 1963 midterms, “Ayos na ang Buto-Buto,” The following night, at the NP miting de avance, there was again no doubt that the crowd responded most fraternally to another Southerner, Senator Roseller Lim of Zamboanga—and this on the testimony of …

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Dec 11

Antonio Luna: A timeline of readings (ongoing)

Tweet     Introduction Recently, I came across the Heneral Luna Study Guide, which is an interesting effort to engage teachers. I am sharing a timeline I have compiled of key events and accompanying literature on the life of Antonio Luna. Some of the items in the timeline came from The World of 1898: The …

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Jun 10

Rogue June 2015: 50 Most Influential Filipinos Online

Tweet   Rogue’s June 2015 Technology issue features the 50 Most Influential Filipinos Online:    

May 28

Presentation on The Philippines’ Key APEC Messages for 2015

Tweet Presentation at the Capacity Building Workshop on Communications APEC 2015 Strategic Communications Committee and the APEC Secretariat The Philippines’ Key APEC Messages for 2015 Venue: Social Hall, 4/F Mabini Hall, Malacanan Palace, Manila by Manuel L. Quezon III May 28, 2015

Sep 05

Charter Change: An Annotated Timeline 1934-2014

Tweet …[T]he Constitution is not, and should not be, an idol under strict taboos. It is not, and should not be, a strait-jacket for the growing and developing nation which it was made to serve. The Constitution itself outlines the procedure for its own amendment, and it thus expressly devoted to the principle that it …

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