Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter — Patriarch in Winter

This Week’s The Long View

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Today began yesterday

Where did today’s drama begin? 1961 when Rogelio dela Rosa first celebrity senator made a bid for the presidency, egged on by Pres. Garcia but his former bro in law Diosdado Macapagal, convinced him to withdraw. By 1863, the violence in political language was already causing unease among politicians. Two classic pieces of political reportage by Nick Joaquin bear close reading today.

Loyalist profile

You could make a very interesting Venn diagram of the Marcos Jr. constituency based on these points. Each one represents agroup of people with sincerely-held beliefs, I’d say. And there are much many more than you might think. It’s like that election in the 60s when Filipinos suddenly discovered there was a significant US Statehood movement in the PH.


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Manuel L. Quezon III

Manuel L. Quezon III


Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer. Editor-at-large Views strictly mine. I have a newsletter, blog, podcast, and Patreon.