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Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Duterte's Last Play?

Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III
It seems there is a tug of war going on, with one group wanting the President to unhesitatingly throw in his lot with the Marcoses, while the President at the very least, is still playing coy: in response, it seems, to his son’s pressure, the President made a pointed reference to the billions of pesos in uncollected estate tax that the BIR recently reminded the Marcoses of. But my column this week spells out why the Marcoses would gain from a presidential endorsement.

The Marcos-Duterte campaign demonstrating unity in Tarlac
The Marcos-Duterte campaign demonstrating unity in Tarlac
The Long View for this week
Land of promise | Inquirer Opinion
Machiavelli's campaign cameo
Who would’ve thought but it happened: Machiavelli ended up trending online in the Philippines, thanks to Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and friends. I felt this was a rare teaching moment so cranked out a blog entry, see below.
Machiavelli for our times – Manuel L. Quezon III
#ProyektoPilipino episode 9: Usapang Media
TV o FB: Usapang Media | Episode 9 | Proyekto Pilipino
And by the way, #ProyektoPilipino also has an additional podcast which fleshes out our discussions. Subscribe now!
Proyekto Pilipino: Conversations on Civics and Politics | Podcast on Spotify
April in the Philippine Diary Project
April 1942: WW2PH 80 Years After - The Philippine Diary Project
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Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III @mlq3

I'm a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer; an Editor at large at; I write on history, politics and culture; and I write speeches and have worked in political communications; and I used to broadcast (which is where The Explainer comes from); I also set up and maintain the Philippine Diary Project; this is a newsletter to keep readers abreast of what I've written, am writing, and think about what's going on as well as a way to expand topics and conversations on all sorts of issues. Ideally, this will come thrice weekly:
1. Every Monday: Electoral-Merry-Go Round, on the Road to the 2022 Presidential Elections
2. Every Wednesday or Thurday: My column, "The Long View" along with additional material/thoughts on the topic.
3. Passion Project Weekends: reviews and recommendations books, movies, and other things; updates on The Philippine Diary Project and other things I find interesting. If my podcast comes out, this is when I'd promote it.

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