LML Polettiques (234)

Rise of the taipans

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 08:06 Written by
Second of 3 parts PRIOR to Spain’s arrival in what is now the Philippines, trade with China was flourishing in the 10th century or even as early as the 2nd century. Artifacts date the presence of Chinese for 2,000 years…

The taipans — Chinese Filipino oligarchs

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 09:54 Written by
First of 3 parts MY columns last month centered on the Philippine oligarchy and political dynasties. This week opens with the “Taipans,” a complimentary term referring to the powerful billionaire-founders of Chinese Filipino business empires. Originally, the appellation referred to…

Intimations of mortality — an immortal legacy

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 04:58 Written by
IN my past two columns, I described President Rodrigo “Deegong” Duterte as a reformer and a revolutionary president. The trilogy closes with him as a mortal president. It is a long-held belief that for emperors, kings, monarchs, autocrats and powerful…

Duterte the revolutionary: Not RevGov but RevPres

Wednesday, 02 September 2020 08:08 Written by
IN the front pages of newspapers this week, the call for a revolutionary government (RevGov) threatened to dislodge Covid-19 from the headlines. In social media, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s shock troops, the Duterte Diehard Supporters or DDS, echoed this challenge.…

Duterte the reformer — why he must not fail

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:15 Written by
LONG before the mid-March lockdowns, this column warned against a looming pandemic. The first sentence of my January column reads: “We are facing one of the biggest threats in the world today: the possibility of the annihilation of our species,…

Call for change: PH constitutional revisions

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 11:26 Written by
Last of 5 parts THIS five-part series started with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s fight with the oligarchy by closing down the Lopez-owned ABS-CBN Corp.; then a brief review of the Philippine oligarchy; political dynasty as its vital appendage; and establishing…

Can the oligarchy and political dynasty be obliterated?

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 10:27 Written by
Fourth of 5 parts THE oligarchy is a multifaceted class, and the term is by no means neutral. Political science practitioners and political economists oftentimes differ in their definition and clarity of interpretation. I have adopted the contemporary definition as…

Political dynasty handmaiden to oligarchy

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 08:43 Written by
Third of 5 parts PRIOR to the arrival of Spain, the islands of the Philippines were composed of settlements and villages called barangay with no central government. The barangay, the autonomous component for basic governance, was headed by a datu…
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