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Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Public Service Act amended

Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III
While you were sleeping: Congress basically amended the Constitution by amending the Public Services Act, removing foreign ownership restrictions on telecoms, domestic shipping, railways+subways, airlines, expressways+tollways+airports by declaring they are not public utilities.
I’ve been following this story for years, and written six columns on the topic. The whole inspiration for the effort to get around the Constitution was to allow China Telecoms to come in as the third player in our telecoms industry.
In my blog today, commentary: what the lame-duck 18th Congress achieved, amending the Constitution by merely amending a law, began three administrations ago. It fulfills the ambitions to invite Chinese big players first begun under President Arroyo.

My Sunday Commentary
Constitution amended by legislation – Manuel L. Quezon III
Episode 2 of #ProyektoPilipino: the Presidency
Pangulo, Panggulo | Proyekto Pilipino Episode 2
Pangulo, Panggulo | Proyekto Pilipino Episode 2
What kind of president does this country need?
The president is probably the most important position that we will elect in this coming election, but how well do we actually know this position, its powers, and its duties?
Join Fr. Tito Caluag and his friendly trio of distinguished thinkers—Dr. Leloy Claudio, Manolo Quezon, and Carlo Santiago—as they tackle the requirements and the nuances of the highest position in the land. In this episode, Atty. Ato Salud and Julia Abad will give us an exclusive peak into what happens behind the closed doors of Malacañang Palace and how Presidents Noynoy Aquino, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Fidel V. Ramos ran their offices. This will hopefully help us understand the tremendous demands from whoever is going to fill the presidential position, and vote for the right candidate come election day.
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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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