LML Polettiques (185)

Collapse of empire and the welfare state

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 11:37 Written by
HISTORICALLY the rise and fall of empire is measured in millennia. The former is often imperceptible, while the latter could be abrupt, immediate and deadly. Such was the fate of the Roman Empire. Its rise is covered in the mists…

Two presidents and independent foreign policy

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 13:19 Written by
AMONG the foreign policies that the Deegong adopted from his predecessor are the “Three Pillars”: preservation and enhancement of national security; protection of the rights and promotion of the welfare of overseas Filipinos; and promotion and attainment of economic security.…

Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel Jr. and PDP-Laban: A Mindanao story

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 11:06 Written by
MANY years after Sen. Nene Pimentel published his book Martial Law in the Philippines: My Story in 2006, we got to talk about some of our friends who were no longer with us. “Lit, write also a book about your…

Duterte Doctrine and the generals

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 10:11 Written by
THESE past weeks, the airwaves have been dominated by the spectacle generated by the Senate blue ribbon committee hearings that started with the Bureau of Corrections’ (BuCor) Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) anomalies, then segued into the illegal drugs inside…

On vacation, hazing and impunity

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 10:36 Written by
WE just came from a hectic vacation in Iloilo, Roxas, Jawili and Boracay. We flew roundabout Davao-Cebu-Iloilo by Philippine Airlines, as the Cebu Pacific direct flight schedule for Davao-Iloilo was inconvenient. I was to acquaint my wife Sylvia with the…

Of gadgets, grandkids, friendships and death

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 15:38 Written by
THIS article is a departure from my usual fare of extracting political content behind the headlines for analysis and instead delves into my other concerns, which of late have been occupying my days: my grandchildren and the specter of death.…

Of gadgets, grandkids, friendships and death

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 15:38 Written by
THIS article is a departure from my usual fare of extracting political content behind the headlines for analysis and instead delves into my other concerns, which of late have been occupying my days: my grandchildren and the specter of death.…

Antidote to an unraveling presidency

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 12:34 Written by
MY column last week was inundated with comments personally messaged (PM) to me. There were some impudent statements in Facebook, Viber and Messenger describing this government and the Deegong himself in colorful language not fit for publication in this paper.…
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