LML Polettiques (326)

The Sun Tzu of Philippine politics?

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 06:38 Written by
WITH what is developing in the political scene President Duterte appears to be just a partial lame duck. His failure to field a presidential ticket, first time ever for a political party in power, caused chiefly by his own bumbling…

Not a requiem but a canticle

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 06:42 Written by
IN my Dec. 8, 2021, column, in the section "The rape of PDP-Laban," I anticipated the withdrawal of Duterte from the Senate race: "The Cusi-DU30 faction was stripped of a presidential and vice-presidential ticket, inducing similarly inclined candidates whose options may just…

A taste of pastoral America and local autonomy

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 06:52 Written by
UNLESS more earth-shaking developments on the Philippine political front appear, this column will digress to chronicle life in and around suburban Baltimore, Maryland, where I am currently carving out the last leg of my professional career — grandfatherhood — not…

The wrath of the son of God, the rape of the PDP-Laban, atbp.

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 06:58 Written by
IN the weeks I have been ensconced in a sprawling farmhouse in a bucolic community with gentrified neighbors miles apart where horses are paddocked and cattle enclosed within corrals with wild deer roaming about freely, I find myself puttering around…

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…
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