LML Polettiques (66)

Thursday, 06 July 2017 09:59

The Deegong, the imperial President

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Last of a 3-part seriesTHE Philippine presidency consists of the President, his immediate staff and the collective units, principally the Cabinet, reporting directly to the President. Handed down by the US colonial administration, our presidential system hews closely to the…
Part 2COINED by the eminent author and chronicler of the Kennedy years, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. in his book of the same title, The Imperial Presidency, the phrase has entered into the lexicon of political conversation. Writers have since used this…
Part 1THIS column will attempt to interpret and understand President Duterte’s martial law declaration and his comportment after the fact and compare it to similar assertions by past Presidents—as seen from a combination of several points of view.First, as an…
Thursday, 01 June 2017 12:04

Shooting the messenger

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“You’re fired today. Get out of the service. You do not contradict your own government.”–President Duterte to DDB Chairman Benjamin Reyes (GMA News)AND with that unceremonious public shaming, another one “bites the dust”. What brought this about was the bureaucrat…
Friday, 26 May 2017 10:41


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To all CDP dues paying members of good standing; volunteer members; Young Centrist Union (YCU); Centrist Democratic Sectors; and Centrist Democrats all over the country.MANILA IS NOT OUR ENEMY! We have allies in Metro-Manila, Luzon and Visayas as we have…
Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:50

Political chameleons

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IN May 2016, the Deegong ran with just a handful of PDP-Laban stalwarts; the current Senate President, the House Speaker and one or two nondescript candidates for Congress. But three weeks prior to the President-elect’s assumption to power, the LP…
Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:40

I simply love Mocha!

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MY Mocha is just a little bit faultless; well, almost perfect. My wife Sylvia hates it when I show interest for Mocha. Last week, we celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. On our way home from dinner, I had this urge…
Thursday, 06 April 2017 07:53

My legitimate wife and girlfriends

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Part 1“Everyone does it, so what’s the problem?”Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Philippine Star, March 31, 2017I HAVE to come clean too. I am a married man and I have a girlfriend. In fact, I have two girlfriends. I can justify this…
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