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The tripping point

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Salivating with delight, their eyes moistening and pupils constricting/dilating, detractors of President Aquino and his administration who have been wishing to see him fail since Day One are now seizing the moment to make good their ultimate yearning. They are calling for his ouster, impeachment, resignation—whatever form it will take—so that they can put in place their own agenda and have the last laugh.

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The silver fox of dictatorship and democracy

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Throughout his years in power, Eduard Shevardnadze was known as the “silver fox,” a man who seemed to glide effortlessly from leader of Soviet Georgia and Kremlin Politburo member to Mikhail Gorbachev’s reform-minded foreign minister, before reemerging as post-Soviet Georgia’s pro-Western president, ironically opposing Gorbachev.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The limits of people power

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The Second Million People March (MPM) to protest the abuse of the pork barrel, this time held in Makati City on Oct. 4, turned out to be a pathetic parody of the 1986 People Power Revolution that toppled Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The dictatorship of the old order

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The Philippines is not a democratic country. What we have are dysfunctional political institutions. They are not irreparably damaged, but because we have a badly debased political culture, any type of moral reform will not make societal change imminent. Thus, this dysfunction advances the opportunity for corruption.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

EDSA: From dictatorship to democracy

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When the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution removed a dictator, it was not only the physical Ferdinand Marcos that Filipinos sought to get rid of, it was also what he represented. Much has been said of his brilliance as a lawyer, his journey to political greatness, his brand of leadership. Yet, great power in the [...]

Posted: February 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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