LML Polettiques (114)

The Deegong, the imperial President

Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:59 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…

The imperial presidency (or the self-castration of Congress)

Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:50 Written by
Part 1THIS column will attempt to interpret and understand President Duterte’s martial law declaration and his comportment after the fact and compare it to similar assertions by past Presidents—as seen from a combination of several points of view.First, as an…

Shooting the messenger

Thursday, 01 June 2017 12:04 Written by
“You’re fired today. Get out of the service. You do not contradict your own government.”–President Duterte to DDB Chairman Benjamin Reyes (GMA News)AND with that unceremonious public shaming, another one “bites the dust”. What brought this about was the bureaucrat…

MANILA IS NOT OUR ENEMY!

Friday, 26 May 2017 10:41 Written by
To all CDP dues paying members of good standing; volunteer members; Young Centrist Union (YCU); Centrist Democratic Sectors; and Centrist Democrats all over the country.MANILA IS NOT OUR ENEMY! We have allies in Metro-Manila, Luzon and Visayas as we have…

Political chameleons

Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:50 Written by
IN May 2016, the Deegong ran with just a handful of PDP-Laban stalwarts; the current Senate President, the House Speaker and one or two nondescript candidates for Congress. But three weeks prior to the President-elect’s assumption to power, the LP…

I simply love Mocha!

Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:40 Written by
MY Mocha is just a little bit faultless; well, almost perfect. My wife Sylvia hates it when I show interest for Mocha. Last week, we celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. On our way home from dinner, I had this urge…

My legitimate wife and girlfriends

Thursday, 06 April 2017 07:53 Written by
Part 1“Everyone does it, so what’s the problem?”Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Philippine Star, March 31, 2017I HAVE to come clean too. I am a married man and I have a girlfriend. In fact, I have two girlfriends. I can justify this…
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