Category Archive: The Explainer ANC

Jul 04

The Explainer: Crunchtime for peace is coming

Tweet Crunchtime for peace is coming Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Jul 04 2017 04:02 AM Last month, the world marked the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. This was the war between Israel and a pan-Arab coalition led by Egypt, which led to a stunning Israeli victory that hugely increased the size of …

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Jun 27

The Explainer: Lees behaving badly

Tweet Lees behaving badly ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 27 2017 04:31 AM | Updated as of Jun 27 2017 05:47 AM You might remember last week we looked at former President Sergio Osmeña and how he lived to a ripe old age, dying in 1961. Let’s return to him for a moment, because Yet his sunset years …

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Jun 19

The Explainer: Unhealthy rumors

Tweet Unhealthy rumors Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Jun 19 2017 10:55 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2017 11:00 PM In eleven days, it will be one year since Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines. When he took his oath in 2016, it marked seventy years since the country last had a president …

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May 22

The Explainer: Game of the generals

Tweet Game of the generals Manolo Quezon, The Explainer Posted at May 22 2017 04:19 PM   Over the weekend, news of the appointment of retired general Danilo Lim led to chatter on why so many military men get appointed to executive positions. Especially because Lim’s last appointment, to the Bureau of Customs, did not …

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May 15

The Explainer: Trump’s new reality

Tweet Trump’s new reality Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at May 15 2017 09:52 PM   It was supposed to be huge. A big, beautiful firing, straight out of The Apprentice. So when President Donald J. Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, it was meant to project strength and decisiveness. Instead, it revived …

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May 02

The Explainer: The bare necessities

Tweet The bare necessities Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at May 02 2017 12:56 AM Before there was Francis Magalona, there was his grandfather, Enrique Magalona, assemblyman for Negros Occidental. In 1936, he wrote a letter to the president proposing a minimum wage for government laborers. The reply he got on August 5, 1936 …

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Apr 25

The Explainer: Damayan at dama

Tweet Damayan at dama Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Apr 25 2017 06:09 AM In 1840, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon declared, “Property is theft.” Someone’s asset is someone else’s misfortune, in a place like Metro Manila, which has one of the highest levels of congestion in the region. As of 2010, we have 13,000 persons …

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Apr 04

The Explainer: Congressmen behaving badly

Tweet Congressmen behaving badly Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Apr 04 2017 05:20 AM   What is there to say about the ongoing cringe-worthy public quarrel between Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr.? Maybe only this: it’s just the latest in a string of stories that could be titled congressmen behaving …

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Mar 28

The Explainer: ASEAN and us

Tweet ASEAN and us Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Mar 28 2017 05:23 AM LIFE photo of Foreign Affairs Secretary Narciso Ramos with President Marcos When Leticia Ramos-Shahani passed away, a rare thing happened. People from all walks of life and political persuasions paused to express not only loss over her passing, but …

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Mar 20

The Explainer: What impeachment is and isn’t

Tweet What impeachment is and isn’t Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Mar 20 2017 09:23 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2017 12:42 PM WikiCommons image of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s “The Death of Caesar,” (circa 1859-1867) March 15 is known as the Ides of March. On that day, people fed up with the …

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Mar 14

The Explainer: Advice and consent

Tweet Advice and consent Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Mar 14 2017 01:01 AM John Hurt as Caligula exercising his creative imagination in making his horse a senator. In recent days you’ve been watching the proceedings of the Commission on Appointments, where our old and new politics are on display, courtesy of the …

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Mar 07

The Explainer: Presidents and capital punishment

Tweet Presidents and capital punishment Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Mar 07 2017 12:26 AM The execution of Lim Seng, 1973, from an Associated Press newsreel Today, the House of Representatives will reach its moment of decision on reviving the death penalty. Up for plenary deliberation on Wednesday will be the death penalty …

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