LML Polettiques (105)

The Supreme Court a co-equal branch?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 14:57 Written by
IN the Philippines, scandals, tsismis and fake news (STF for short) are part of the daily news diet. I have no idea how many of our citizens care to read the papers or how many are active in social media.…

How we spent our Holy Week

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:05 Written by
Semana Santa and the Jewish tradition WHEN I was in grade school, we were asked to write about how we spent our summer vacation or Christmas holidays and read them out in front of the class. But I couldn’t remember…

Presidential system, patronage politics and political dynasties

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 13:08 Written by
WHEN the Consultative Committee (Con-com) last February 27, voted to uphold the status quo by defending the presidential system, I criticized the move in my Manila Times column (March 8, 2018). I quote:“But the most glaring defect of the presidential…

Game of thrones (Part 2)

Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:35 Written by
Gloria, in excelsisPart 2“And here awaits one astute politician who may have calculated these permutations and may now be positioned for any eventuality.” (“Game of thrones, Part 1, The Manila Times, March 15, 2018)AFTER Ferdinand Marcos, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA)…

Game of thrones

Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:49 Written by
THE HBO original series presented an interesting study of the political nature of our species, keeping the audience totally engrossed for the past seven seasons. Power, the use and misuse of power and even the non-use of power have been…

Can Con-com, Con-ass speak for us?

Thursday, 08 March 2018 11:33 Written by
THE executive order creating the 25-man Consultative Commission or Committee (Con-com) to advise President Duterte on the revisions of the 1987 Constitution has been inordinately delayed. Signed on December 7, 2016, it took the President 14 months to constitute its…

EDSA, Nene, the Deegong, Concom, atbp.

Friday, 02 March 2018 10:29 Written by
NOW that the 25-man Consultative Commission (Concom) is constituted, the serious task of crafting the federal constitution is off to an auspicious start. Although the body is still six commissioners short, I hear from the grapevine that the Deegong may…

EDSA people power – then and now

Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:38 Written by
TODAY is the start of the four-day commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986. After 32 years, the euphoria of those days has subsided; the memory of people dancing in the streets upon the news of a dictator…
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