LML Polettiques (123)

The Donald, the Deegong and their diversions

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:43 Written by
ONE can’t help comparing lately the performance of Presidents Trump and Duterte. The US economy in the second quarter is doing great with its 4.1 percent growth and 3.9 percent employment rate. And some manufacturing jobs benefiting Trump’s political base…

The Deegong’s health: Its implications

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:07 Written by
LATELY speculations have been rife as to the health of DU30. Social media has been inundated by rumors on the purpose of his recent trip: “Why is Duterte in Israel? Why is his schedule full of big holes? Is he…

Convoluted political parties

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:23 Written by
IN the coming days, midterm election matters will dominate center stage and out goes federalism from the airwaves, the mass and social media. This election will be a referendum on President Duterte. Corruption, human rights violations, drug killings, the incompetence…

Federalism overtaken by events

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 11:54 Written by
IF we go by the headlines, federalism could be dead, or put in the back burner until some future date, perhaps in the next generations to come—a sad prospect. The election circus fever has caught up with us and the…

For heaven’s sake, ConCom’s work is just a draft!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 13:06 Written by
LATELY, an ugly public clash among some cabinet members and the DDS/fist pumpers erupted, poisoning further an already polluted discourse on federalism. And true to form, the Yellow army with their Senate allies took advantage of the breach threatening to…

The federalization process: The framework/roadmap

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:02 Written by
Part 4 of a seriesTHE following is lifted almost verbatim from an earlier column that I wrote, “How do we change from unitary to federal” (The Manila Times, August 25, 2017). This was also presented to the Malacañang press corps…

Presidential to parliamentary – the preconditions

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 16:14 Written by
Part 3 of a seriesMY earlier columns presented a rationale for dismantling the century’s old dysfunctional American democratic political structures imposed on us by our colonizers. (Manila Times, August 1, 2018 “Parliamentary system and the reign of Gloria”; August 11,18…

Parliamentary system and the reign of Gloria

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:40 Written by
Part 2 on constitutional revisionsLAST week, President Duterte’s SONA, as in the past, would have been the centerpiece of the opening of Congress and his chance to claim bragging rights on the current state of the nation’s health. No details…
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