Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter

By Manuel L. Quezon III

I'm a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer; an Editor at large at Spot.ph; 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 Philippi... Read more

I'm a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer; an Editor at large at Spot.ph; 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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#97・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - The Great Sovereign Fund Boondoggle

For Senate Bills see No. 1212 (Aquino) No. 1764 (Ejercito) both from the 17th Congress. I mentioned Why the Philippines Needs to Establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund in The Diplomat by Mark Manantan, Emerson M. Sanchez and Jayson S. Lamchek. See also the 2016 pa…

 
#96・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Medieval Attitudes to Penology

To his critics –but not only his critics—the recent typhoon and its continuing aftermath proved yet again how the President’s own predecessor, former President Rodrigo Duterte, described him: someone who can speak well but who, if crisis strikes, will be show…

 
#95・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Health Lessens Wealth

For my column, I referred to these reports:‘Not a job for amateurs,’ group says as ex-PNP chief joins DOHSenate panel to look into Percy Lapid slay — Bato dela RosaBato dela Rosa urges revival of ‘Oplan Tokhang’ in drug warInmates can order crimes behind bars…

 
#94・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Remulla wrecking ball

The lens through which I peered at the woes of the Secretary of Justice was a book by historian Mina Roces. This extensive extract explains her idea of politica de familia, the concept of palakasan, and the concepts of malakas and mahina in our political cult…

 
#93・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Manila irks Beijing Again

Your subscribing to this newsletter helps keep up my productivity and for those of you giving of yourselves to help through Patreon, it also makes a big difference to writing morale. As it’s been evolving this newsletter helps me flesh out my ideas, which the…

 
#92・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Asia Sentinel Special

Historian Manuel L. Quezon III puts the latest movements in the Palace in perspective

 
#91・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter -Happy Non-hundredth Day!

An interesting article on the rise to power of new fascism in Italy --including this detail: one aspect of this revival is a preference for presidentialism, in contrast to parliamentary government. Then, a fascinating presentation by Joseph Scalice, from a Le…

 
#90・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter -#ML50 Series

You can access a comprehensive martial law timeline, a comparison of two diaries, and the diaries themselves of Ferdinand E. Marcos and Constitutional Convention Delegate Augusto Caesar Espiritu, in The Philippine Diary Project.

 
#89・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter -Keeping the Veep Busy Edition

“Napakahalaga ng local government dahil malapit ito sa bituka. If you really want to leave an impact on the lives of people, the LGU is where you need to go.”The local government units (LGUs) are very crucial to the day-to-day living of Filipinos since they a…

 
#88・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Issue #88

“Napakahalaga ng local government dahil malapit ito sa bituka. If you really want to leave an impact on the lives of people, the LGU is where you need to go.”The local government units (LGUs) are very crucial to the day-to-day living of Filipinos since they a…

 
#87・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter -Proyekto Pilipino Omnibus

“Napakaimportante ng SONA sa pangulo dahil kailangan niyang i-justify sa taumbayan ang pagkapangulo niya at kumbinsihin tayo sa kung anong gagawin niya sa susunod na taon.”This Monday, we will be witnessing the first State Of The Nation Address (SONA) of the …

 
#86・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter: Messaging, Factionalism, and Arrivals

Your subscribing to this newsletter helps keep up my productivity and for those of you giving of yourselves to help through Patreon, it also makes a big difference to writing morale. As it’s been evolving this newsletter helps me flesh out my ideas, which the…

 
#85・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - FVR Omnibus

Karen Davila invited me to guest on her show to talk about FVR. Here is our discussion.

 
#84・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - #ProyektoPilipino Omnibus

Your subscribing to this newsletter helps keep up my productivity and for those of you giving of yourselves to help through Patreon, it also makes a big difference to writing morale. As it’s been evolving this newsletter helps me flesh out my ideas, which the…

 
#83・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Talkathon Omnibus

Writer and historian Manolo Quezon talks about the delicate balance of power in Malacañang under the Marcos Jr. administration

 
#82・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Column and Coverage Omnibus

Some clips of the coverage of the Marcos inaugural: trying to set the stage as to the meaning of what is about to unfold, and then, after it unfolds (the oath-taking and inaugural address) having to analyze it not once, but twice, in quick succession. Such ar…

 
#81・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Snapshots of Filipinos

By now you are quite familiar with an essay that Razib Khan wrote, which I think brings up a remarkably relevant phenomenon taking place in India. He recently invited me to an online conversation and the podcast that resulted is linked to, below.

 
#80・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - An insight

“Kailangan ba nating manahimik lamang at maging masunuring mga bata sa awtoridad?”We elected our officials with trust and conviction that they are fit to lead our country. But we also have the right and the civic duty to tell the government exactly what we ne…

 
#79・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Restoration Accomplished

The day began with some reflections on mandates, transitions but ended on a note I'd previously begun commenting on: that of a Restoration. Here's my interview on ANC.

 
#78・

Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - History and the National Divide

Your subscribing to this newsletter helps keep up my productivity and for those of you giving of yourselves to help through Patreon, it also makes a big difference to writing morale. As it’s been evolving this newsletter helps me flesh out my ideas, which the…