LML Polettiques (417)

Alternative aftermaths

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:34 Written by
Part 1 Covid-19 and lockdowns THE movie “I Am Legend” comes to mind as one of the alternative “end of times” scenarios. I quote its synopsis: “Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters,…

Before the aftermath and the rise of a hegemon

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 09:59 Written by
GOING by all the publications, dialectics and analyses by doomsayers in social media, the pronouncements of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this column, predictive in one sense, should logically be written only…

‘I see dead people’ — the China syndrome

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 08:09 Written by
IN this penultimate week of the quarantine, I am more than convinced that the Deegong did the right thing. But it may have to be extended* until “the curve is flattened.” Bureaucratic incompetence caught our government flat-footed — given that…

Covid-19 conspiracy theories

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 08:04 Written by
The lockdown, enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or similar appropriate euphemisms is a correct attempt to contain a deadly pandemic. Other countries are implementing this with varying degrees of success. My medium-sized family with three grandkids (aged 8, 6 and 4),…

Lockdown, religion, Quiboloy — con artist or God’s chosen

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:43 Written by
IN times of great peril, man turns to his deity or the unknown for his survival. This is how religion evolved over the millennia: The primordial longing to be extricated from whatever difficulties he is faced with. This is, perhaps,…

Duterte’s incapacities — what if?

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:16 Written by
REPORTS and rumors have been rife lately that President Rodrigo Duterte’s health is deteriorating fast. There is no official medical bulletin, except for interpretations of the curious gleaned from his TV appearances. But the trickles of kuro-kuro is pervasive —…

The US State Department — ugly Americans?

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 12:36 Written by
I HAD the privilege of an audience with the president-elect in Davao City for a courtesy call scheduled at 2:30 a.m. Yes indeed, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) holds strange hours. I was accompanying a mutual friend, an American philanthropist…

The Donald and the Deegong — lame ducks?

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 08:01 Written by
PRESIDENTS Rodrigo “Deegong” Duterte and Donald Trump are a fascinating study in the arrogance of power, bordering on megalomania, not seen since the leaders of World War 2. Winston Churchill, Charles the Gaulle (Après moi, le déluge), Franklin D. Roosevelt…
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