Category: The Long View

Clinton Palanca

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Clinton Palanca By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:04 AM June 05, 2019 The passing of a writer, whether, as they say, in the prime of life or at the end of a long career, is like the dropping of a stone in a pond. There are ripples of grief, …

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The Long View: Sa Pulong? Sa Ferdie!

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Sa Pulong? Sa Ferdie! By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM May 29, 2019   It was fun while it lasted. But it’s sabong time. At least, that’s what recent goings-on in the congressional Grand Cocker Speakership Derby suggests. Her Honor, Mayor Sara Duterte, may have teamed up with …

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The Long View: An embarrassment of riches

Tweet THE LONG VIEW An embarrassment of riches By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:04 AM May 22, 2019   It took the resignation of Kiko Pangilinan as Liberal Party (LP) head (on the principle of command responsibility) for the desiccated coconut known as the presidential spokesperson to bounce with joy over the administration’s …

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The Long View: Today began yesterday

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Today began yesterday By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:05 AM May 15, 2019   Where the President, his backers and the non-opposition are united, is in ensuring a permanent end to the dilemma they, as a group, have faced time and again: reform-minded interruptions to business-as-usual that run the …

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The Long View: Response at a movie premiere

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Response at a movie premiere By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 09:04 AM May 08, 2019   Movies about politicians are tough to make and sometimes even tougher to watch. Arturo Rotor — besides being a well-known writer and botanist, he served as executive secretary in the Commonwealth government-in-exile — …

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The Long View: Unbalance of forces

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Unbalance of forces By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 09:00 AM May 01, 2019   What the senatorial campaign has proven so far is the old truism that, in a national campaign, incumbency is a practically insurmountable advantage. Familiarity does not breed contempt with the electorate, which may have a …

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The Long View: Devolving nation

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Devolving nation By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 09:05 AM April 24, 2019   Because we started at it a generation or two ahead of our neighbors, the level of political organization we’d achieved prior to World War II was achieved by our neighbors between the 1950s and 1960s. But …

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The Long View: Gerrymandering is alive and well

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Gerrymandering is alive and well By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 09:04 AM April 17, 2019   As soon as the President signed a bill providing for a plebiscite that could possibly split one province into three, the jokes started. We will soon have Palawan, Palatu and Palatri — though …

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The Long View: Mimicry as survival mechanism

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Mimicry as survival mechanism By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:05 AM April 03, 2019   As strong as, and in many instances, even stronger than, the formal rules, are the informal ones that govern behavior. This applies to politics as much as any other human activity. It’s been said …

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The Long View: The Mahatma of Malacañang

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The Mahatma of Malacañang By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:04 AM March 27, 2019   A Great Soul — a Mahatma — is what Gandhi was once called. But as you, dear reader, will see, we have a Great Soul of our own who doesn’t waste any time on …

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The Long View: Go Diokno go

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Go Diokno go By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM March 20, 2019   Back in 2010, the Manila Standard’s Laylo surveys revealed that when voters were asked the most helpful means in deciding whom to vote for, they responded by saying, the news — specifically, on TV (83 …

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The Long View: Water and wealth

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Water and wealth By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:07 AM March 13, 2019   On Monday, Maynilad Water Services tried to reassure its customers by tweeting, “We source our raw water directly from Angat Dam, which is currently at a normal level, so Maynilad customers are not experiencing any …

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