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Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Issue #17 (We Need "Premature" Campaigning!)

Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III
We can count! But mistakes do happen.There is, indeed, a “ghost issue,” the mythical #15 because we lost track of the counting. Oh well. This week’s the Long View is connected to an article for a special section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and to a dialogue on an earlier piece with a fellow columnist.

This week's The Long View
Note that my column today is based on information in Newsletter #9 which contained a political calendar for the 2022 elections.
Why ‘pre-campaigning’ is necessary | Inquirer Opinion
2022 Began Long Ago Department
This came out yesterday, and provides an overview for my column today. It was for a special section on the 2022 elections in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Today began yesterday | Inquirer News
You can access this article in another format: audio. I’m hoping there are readers who also like being listeners. Let me know if you’d like more articles provided in audio format.
Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Podcast: Episode 2 Today Began Yesterday by Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Podcast • A podcast on Anchor
Discussion Section
Colleague John Nery and I have a long tradition of friendly dialogue in our columns –we once co-wrote a blog for the Inquirer– and he continues this practice of an exchange of views in his recent column:
The state of the opposition | Inquirer Opinion
Interesting take; my thanks to John for continuing the conversation. But: continuity only worked when presidents died: Roxas for Quezon in 1946, Quirino for Roxas in 1949, Garcia for Magsaysay in 1957 (I do think Roxas and Magsaysay would have been re-elected if they’d lived; in that sense the long gap between Quezon in 1941 and Marcos in 1969, the only two who successfully ran for reelection, was an artificial or accidental one); continuity did not work in the failed reelection campaigns of Osmeña in 1946, Quirino in 1949, Garcia in 1961 and Macapagal in 1965; it partially worked for Ramos for Aquino in 1992 but otherwise no, continuity has not proven attractive; furthermore, none then/now thought Duterte was focused on, or elected on, anything to do with continuity.
P.S. regarding John’s column, I’d laid out my views in this column:
Opposition is total | Inquirer Opinion
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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
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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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