LML Polettiques (298)

The 'China candidate' and US electoral interventions

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 09:17 Written by
BETWEEN Marcos and the Chinese candidate, whom do you choose? This query was a private message sent by a reader of my column. Obviously a Bongbong Marcos fan or a longtime Marcos loyalist, he tried to make a case for…

Political permutations — 'last two jueteng' combinations

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 10:54 Written by
LAST week, I wrote about the mini saga of Sara Duterte-Carpio that started on Duterte's midterm when the intimations and the whispering of her succeeding the father as heir-apparent began to reverberate first among the political cognoscenti in Davao City;…

From the same Duterte playbook — with a fatal twist!

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 07:40 Written by
I WAS totally wrong! That the substitution game no longer dominates the political conversation was erroneous as shown when Sara Duterte-Carpio withdrew her mayoralty bid, resigned from Hugpong and joined Lakas-CMD, all in the span of four days. And declared…

The boiling political cauldron

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 08:10 Written by
THE way things are shaping up, the political environment is in a flux and chaotic at best, but some blurred images are clearing up. The November 15 Comelec deadline, closing the window for candidate substitutions, no longer dominates the political…

The presidentiables — up close impersonal

Wednesday, 03 November 2021 06:23 Written by
LeniI have never met Leni Robredo. I know little about her politics as a congresswoman and as a vice president where for six years Duterte made sure she would fail. She was a social activist, the darling of civil society.…

'Caveat emptor': Significance of 2022 Senate elections

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 08:10 Written by
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) reports that "18,100 positions will be contested for the May 9, 2022 elections from president down to the local municipal councilors. Of these, 48,000 candidates and party-lists have filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs)." But…

'Après moi, le déluge' — incoming dramatis personae

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 09:16 Written by
INDAY Sara's defiance spells the death of a father's hopes for a continuing legacy through her, narrowing down the field to five serious wannabes who, no doubt, will fashion their own — Bongbong, Manny, Leni, Ping and Isko. The rest…

The gathering storm

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 07:41 Written by
THIS column was meant to start a series on the serious wannabe presidentiables from Ping, Bongbong, Isko, Manny to Leni — and their impact on the body politic. But I am awaiting the finale of the "pa coy-coy" or "hele-hele…
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