LML Polettiques (84)

A ruthless little bastard

Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:24 Written by
Part 2 – The Gatekeepers Gerald Ford and Donald Rumsfeld FORD came into the presidency at the nadir of American global prestige. The US was losing the Vietnam war and Nixon resigned rather than be impeached due to the “Watergate…

The President needs his own bastard

Thursday, 28 September 2017 09:35 Written by
Part 1 – The Gatekeepers WHILE browsing at Barnes & Noble along Union Square in New York last July, I came across several books that I brought home with me to fill my summer days. One was by Chris Whipple,…

Marcoses not thieves! They borrow to safekeep!

Thursday, 07 September 2017 20:23 Written by
THE Marcos regional political clout, buttressed by ill-gotten wealth, has been a specter hovering over every administration these past 30 years, threatening havoc on the electoral process, extracting political concessions from each major national candidate every sexennial on one hand,…

Kill! Kill! Kill!

Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:51 Written by
“New killing spree sparks outrage” –Philippine Daily Inquirer (August 19, 2017)   “Duterte: I personally killed drug suspects” –Philippine Daily Inquirer, (December 14, 2016)   ‘Duterte’s drug list bared, containing 1,000 names of judges, Mayors, etc.’ –CNN Philippines (August17, 2016)…

Team Tisha vs Team Andy

Thursday, 17 August 2017 09:55 Written by
IN the past three weeks, mainstream and social media have been on a feeding frenzy on an unfolding drama cum scandal – always fodder for writers, opinion makers (including this writer) and anyone with the propensity to put their two…

All-out war

Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:41 Written by
IN PRRD’s July 24 SONA, he made it clear that the talks with the CPP-NDF have been aborted. Cancelled. “Peace is elusive,” he declared, with a tinge of exasperation. When Duterte invited the New People’s Army (NPA) in a sincere…

The Deegong, the imperial President

Thursday, 06 July 2017 09:59 Written by
Last of a 3-part seriesTHE Philippine presidency consists of the President, his immediate staff and the collective units, principally the Cabinet, reporting directly to the President. Handed down by the US colonial administration, our presidential system hews closely to the…

The imperial presidency (the emergence of a strongman President)

Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:14 Written by
Part 2COINED by the eminent author and chronicler of the Kennedy years, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. in his book of the same title, The Imperial Presidency, the phrase has entered into the lexicon of political conversation. Writers have since used this…
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