LML Polettiques (177)

The clueless President and Palace cordon sanitaire

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 15:43 Written by
“PRESIDENT Digong is clueless about what’s happening in his administration. Those around him feed him the good things and set aside the bad…” (Ramon Tulfo, “In My Line of Sight,” The Manila Times [TMT], Sept. 5, 2019). This must be…

Paradigm shift: Communists, leftists and party-lists

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:27 Written by
SINCE DU30 assumed power, there has been a perceptive ideological shift to the right, epitomized first by the “peace and order” mantra upon his declaration of a “war on illegal drugs.” There was his boast that the fish in Manila…

On gifts, bribery and rent-seeking

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 11:38 Written by
RECENTLY, the Deegong created a media storm by proclaiming that it is all right for bureaucrats to accept gifts from the public as a measure of gratitude.“Basta kung bigyan kayo, eh tanggapin ninyo. (If they give you a gift, accept…

The youth, Centrist Democrats, leftists, LGBTQ, etc.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 10:44 Written by
MY last two columns were devoted chiefly to the coming of age of the Deegong’s two elder children and the role they are carving for themselves in Philippine politics. Today’s column will touch on the young and the not so…

The son also rises

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:11 Written by
LAST week’s column touched briefly on presidential daughter Sara’s Shakespearean quandary, not exactly a Hamlet-like soliloquy as she was conversing with the charlatan “appointed son of God” on the future of the presidency and her possible role in it. This…

Death penalty and Sara Duterte: The somber and the bizarre

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 11:45 Written by
THE past two weeks’ op-ed pages, TV talking heads, social media blogs and comments echoed the SONA interpretations of the President’s intent or non-intent. Their critique and follow-up stories, both constructive and negative, were roughly split in two major categories…

Death penalty and Sara Duterte: The somber and the bizarre

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 11:45 Written by
THE past two weeks’ op-ed pages, TV talking heads, social media blogs and comments echoed the SONA interpretations of the President’s intent or non-intent. Their critique and follow-up stories, both constructive and negative, were roughly split in two major categories…

Without structural reforms, we are doomed

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 12:45 Written by
AS expected, the President’s SONA was coasting along nicely in the first 30 minutes or so. With uncharacteristic aplomb, he opened his discourse boasting of the latest survey results that showed a disapproval rating of only 3 percent, taunting Congress…
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