Category Archive: The Explainer ANC

Aug 14

The Explainer: Divorce lost in the debate

Tweet Divorce lost in the debate Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Aug 14 2017 09:53 PM   Day in and day out, everyone is watching the operatic confrontation between Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista and his wife, Patricia Bautista. Setting aside the whole question of when domestic tragedy becomes a controversy involving official ethics, I’d …

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Aug 08

The Explainer: China’s pleasant ASEAN picture

Tweet China’s pleasant ASEAN picture Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Aug 08 2017 03:14 AM   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 are read …

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Aug 01

The Explainer: Fourth Estate under fire

Tweet Fourth Estate under fire Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Aug 01 2017 02:30 AM   Here’s a little experiment for you. Ask around and find out if kids today are still told that old fairytale, “The Emperor has no clothes.” I really wonder about this because it seems in our present age, if …

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Jul 18

The Explainer: The great gamble for peace

Tweet The great gamble for peace Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Jul 18 2017 04:05 AM   This afternoon, the consultative commission tasked with revising the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) proposal is submitting its work to the President. Allies of the President have urged him to simply forward the document being submitted today, to …

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Jul 11

The Explainer: Reverence for the Court

Tweet Reverence for the Court Manolo Quezon – The Explainer Posted at Jul 11 2017 02:47 AM | Updated as of Jul 11 2017 02:48 AM   A long time ago in a society far different from ours today, members of the Supreme Court were so jealous of their independence and so concerned with their integrity that they …

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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 …

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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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