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…

The Great Fear

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 06/02/2021

Three interesting pictures appeared online yesterday. The first featured masked police and other officials signing an agreement to implement the President’s pandemic-related threat to remove local officials who allow large gatherings. The second photo showed Cebu Gov.…

Debating things to death

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 05/19/2021

There is a basic truth about living in the Philippines, and it is this: those who try to abide by the rules more often than not get punished for it. A corollary truth can be proposed: those…

One-China policy

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 05/05/2021

Near the end of the last administration, I came to believe, and still believe, that one of its mantras — “Kayo ang Boss ko” — was actually secretly hated by the public, since it is the same…

Regulatory merry-go-round

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 02/03/2021

In India, they have a lovely term for the combination of insanity and unfairness that characterizes the tyranny of the bureaucracy, which thrives on demanding permits for everything—they call it the “License Raj.” The term Raj was…

Military tries agitprop

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 01/20/2021

A detail that has always struck me as revealing was that during the Diliman Commune, some residents banded together to hunt down students participating in the revolt. That was the other face of the University of the…

Social cleansing

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 12/23/2020

That observer of revolutions, the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, famously observed, “When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can’t be answered.” There is a truism that in our country, the public respects and admires the…

The end of the beginning

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 11/04/2020

Two things combined to make me wonder about an altogether different thing. The first of the two things was an interesting report in MyCebu.ph on Resil Mojares revisiting his insight into the dispute between Humabon and Lapu-Lapu:…

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