Crime wave?

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 08/31/2022

Context is the most difficult thing to provide when a gut issue is being discussed. The Philippine National Police tried. PNP spokesperson Jean Fajardo said thefts have increased by 8.42 percent and robbery by 0.49 percent, but…

Hidden campaign lessons

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 05/04/2022

The legend goes that the Castilian knight and warlord El Cid, having died in the middle of a siege, ended up with his corpse strapped onto his famed warhorse Babieca upon orders of his widow, Jimena, to…

Ukrainian surprise

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 03/02/2022

Sometimes we have to be reminded that we still have a president. Yesterday provided one such reminder. The morning after the Philippines joined the majority of the United Nation’s members in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the…

Now for the hard part

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 02/09/2022

There was a time when the leading candidate of today, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., seemed a has-been. He had, after all, spent the entirety of President Duterte’s term steadily losing his election protest. Around this time last year,…

A tale of two dares

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 11/17/2021

Ever since we restricted presidents to a single, six-year term, the dilemma of an incumbent nearing their expiration date has been twofold. First, continuity is the toughest pitch to make to the voter in a national election…

A reflection on political colors

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 10/13/2021

For me, my earliest political memory was the Interim Batasan election of 1978, when the famous noise barrage took place. I was in the hospital, recovering from appendicitis, and I have two fleeting recollections: my father nervously…

Where did it Go?

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 10/06/2021

Back in July, when Daughterte was riding high as the potential candidate to beat, the People’s Reform Party (PRP) chaired by Narciso Santiago declared it would back her and join the coalition coalescing around Hugpong ng Pagbabago…

Dinky

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 09/22/2021

A straight line connects Asuncion Perez, suffragette and the first woman to head the Bureau of Public Welfare (in 1941), to Corazon Juliano-Soliman, who became Secretary of Social Welfare and Development (for the first time in 2001).…

Go, going, gone

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 09/01/2021

Recently in my newsletter, I repeated my belief that presidents are brought down not by their critics but rather, themselves. Take the President who has remained bulletproof as far as criticism is concerned because of two things.…

Rule of the minority

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 08/04/2021

  A fundamental difference between the democracy we had prior to martial law, and the democracy restored after the fall of the dictatorship, is that the rule of the majority was replaced with the rule of the…

The long goodbye

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 07/28/2021

The State of the Nation Address (Sona), besides being a requirement, is supposed to achieve two things. It’s supposed to highlight what the administration has done over the past year, and justify the money the President will…

The Marcos maneuver

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 06/23/2021

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and colleague Sen. Panfilo Lacson Jr. have been playing coy about forming a tandem for the presidency and veephood, and within weeks Sotto has started becoming more independent. After the will-they or…

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