LML Polettiques (136)

DELICADEZA (Dureza's Bold Act)

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:39 Written by
IN our culture, one feature that puts citizens on equal footing whether they are of the upper class or part of the “mayukmok” is an appreciation of “pagmumukha”or ‘face.’ There is no exact English translation but roughly, this is mostly…

Baby boomers – the pre-departure area

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 11:47 Written by
I WILL depart temporarily from my regular fare of politics and analysis of issues behind the headlines. Today’s item touches on a topic concerned with the demographic subset to which I belong, the “baby boomers.” We came right after the…

Militarization-broken system-Imelda

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:30 Written by
MY Wednesday column last week on “Creeping militarization” (The Manila Times, Nov. 14, 2018), elicited diverse responses from readers proffering interesting viewpoints. These reflect the deep-rooted concerns on what the country has undergone after two years of DU30’s watch and…

Convoluted midterm politics in microcosm

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:49 Written by
IT takes a political dynasty to vanquish another political dynasty. This certainly is true in Davao City in the case of the families of President Duterte and former House Speaker Prospero “Boy” Nograles. At the start of the DU30 regime,…

Creeping militarization – better than RevGov

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:01 Written by
IN a statement that contradicted the newly appointed Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, a former general, and the pronouncements of his talking head, Salvador Panelo, the President unequivocally declared: “I will not sit as President and let you render me…

It doesn’t compute

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:17 Written by
IN the wake of the shabu controversy at the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the promotion of Commissioner Lapeña to cabinet rank and the military takeover of the BoC, I can’t help but do a cursory review of the Deegong’s…

The Senate PDAF scammers

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:54 Written by
IN the unfolding months of 2013, during PNoy’s watch, a scandal broke out on the misuse by members of both houses of Congress of their “pork barrel” funds. This was the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. These are lump-sum…

Politics, religion and charlatans

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 13:30 Written by
THE days of DU30 cursing God, I think, are over. He has been chastised. But the aftershock of his barrage will impact this election cycle. The formidable Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has lingering memories of his blasphemy.…
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