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Basically, I can cite two reasons why the presidency of Joseph Estrada failed. First, he was very generous and too accommodating to his friends who abused that friendship, and second, he ran the country like a town mayor principally because he never got the support of the Cabinet. When I resigned last November, I had [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

FIVE thousand pairs of shoes. Masterpieces by some of the world’s renowned artists. Cabinets bursting with jewelry. When the Marcoses hastily fled Malacañang in 1986, these were only a few of the ostentatious remains they left behind. No one as yet knew about the intricate web of money laundering the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics, Special Reports

Fifteen-year-old Melanie Lopez was all dressed-up Tuesday night in the signature get-up of today’s generation of young, urban Filipinos: Baggy “hip hop” pants, belly-button-baring tank tops, platform shoes, neon-painted nails and a cool, devil-may-care attitude. Lopez and her similarly- garbed group of friends would have looked like they came straight from a scene of a [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Special Reports, Youth

‘A more powerful wealthier and more famous spouse is no threat’ WHAT is one to do when the wife is more “powerful,” more famous and gets all the attention? I am sure that by now First Gentleman Mike has, from day one of their marriage, many years of experience of having to go through this [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

‘Mike, you will thank Uncle Larry for this advice’ When a woman comes into power, how will her poor husband be referred to? Queen Victoria’s husband was called Prince Albert; Queen Elizabeth II’s husband is called Prince Phillip; and both are called Prince Consorts. Prince Phillip occupies his time inaugurating hospitals and taking up environmental [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

In Edsa 1986, the Filipino people overthrew a corrupt dictator in a peaceful and bloodless revolution. Edsa I established the principle that the people, in their sovereign capacity, can remove a president who abuses the powers of the Presidency. Edsa 1 was only a partial success because it failed to convict the ousted dictator. There [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

We heard Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo open on Jan. 20, 2001 with: “I accept the privilege and responsibility to act as President of the Republic.” I said to myself, she has good lawyers (among several reasons, it was unclear whether the antigraft act allows a public servant facing criminal or administrative charges to resign; [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

Whether or not the retired generals who had asked Joseph Estrada to resign speak for those still in active military service is not the point. The point is: should those who are still in active military service act on what is supposed to be their political opinion? It is one thing for a soldier still [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

Joseph Estrada told me he was going to be the best president this country would ever have. He struck me as sincere and I believed him. I supported him. Unfortunately, he had no real sense of what is right and wrong. He had no sense of accountability and governance. For instance, I objected to the [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics, Verbatim

Friday, Jan. 19; 8:45 p.m. Linden Suites, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas The tell-tale signs are outside: the four black Pajeros with red blinkers belonging to the Presidential Security Group (PSG) parked in front of the lobby and big cars favored by Manila politicians coming and going. In 1986, Corazon Aquino spent her last hours as [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Features, Politics
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