LML Polettiques (326)

Political parties - what we need are real ones

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 11:21 Written by
Fourth of a seriesTHIS column could best be appreciated within the context of today's deadly internecine fight in the ruling party with an eye on the political upheaval five decades ago. I start from the Marcos dictatorship years, underscoring democracy's…

Political parties - what we have

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 10:04 Written by
Third of a seriesTHE Partido Federalista (Federal Party) was the first Philippine political party allowed by our colonials in the 1900, which pushed for our annexation as a US state. The Nacionalista Party was founded shortly after to advocate for…

Fixing a dysfunctional system

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 11:53 Written by
AS discussed in the first part of this series last week, political patronage is central to what ails our system of governance. Professor Jose "Pepe" Abueva, citing Gunnar Myrdal's book, Asian Drama, depicts the Philippines as a soft state and…

The state of our politics

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 05:50 Written by
First of 3 partsTHE traditional and social media are now rife with speculation on who should run the country after President Duterte - not excluding the conjectures about the man himself running for vice president as foolishly proposed by the…

Marawi, we weep for thee

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 16:27 Written by
ON May 21, 2017, I had the privilege of hosting a family dinner for Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at my residence in Davao. It was the eve of President Duterte's departure for Russia. Unbeknownst to the upper echelon of government,…

Understanding Duterte's management style

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 09:53 Written by
WE are lending today's space to John Raña, a longtime friend of President Rodrigo "Deegong" Duterte and a management practitioner. I am quoting verbatim his personal assessment of the President's personality, background and thought process, attempting to explain the motivations…

Journalistic sycophancy

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 11:40 Written by
MY June 2 column, "Sinicization of PH: On becoming China's 24th province," has elicited comments from readers on both sides of the political divide from the Yellows and the diehard Duterte supporters (DDS) and from the many who are neither.But…

Sinicization of PH: On becoming China's 24th province

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 08:07 Written by
Now that Duterte has gagged his people from publicly discussing China and the West Philippine Seas (WPS) issue, the President has effectively quarantined the policy formulation process within his own bubble - sterilized from ideas emanating from outside inputs and…
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