LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA Part 1 “Everyone does it, so what’s the problem?” Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Philippine Star, March 31, 2017 I HAVE to come clean too. I am a married man and I have a girlfriend. In fact, I have two girlfriends. I can justify this since I am…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA “President Rodrigo Duterte… a defiant crusader, willing to encourage the slaughter of thousands in the name of saving his nation from the scourge of drugs.“ New York Times, March 21, 2017 THIS is how a New York Times feature story last March 21, 2017, opened, as…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA CHESS is a mind game of strategy between protagonists that involves tactical moves and counter-moves. And the winner purportedly is the one who thinks ahead by several moves. The Duterte presidency has been involved in an exciting game of chess of late pitted against several players…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA I’VE never had the pleasure of meeting Gina Lopez personally. I of course know a little of her public persona and her pedigree; a daughter of the oligarchy who may have rejected the values of her class and assumed those of the “underclass,” and made herself…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA Part 3 FOR each of the groups that participated in EDSA, the expectations, hopes and aspirations which motivated them were diverse. Thirty-one years, the survivors may now have a better grasp of the event and a better appreciation of whether these have been fulfilled in the…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA I WROTE last week in Part I of this series: “Today … 31 years after, I am again putting on paper my thoughts, a little bit more appreciative and perhaps a little bit more dispassionate about the events that transpired – given the distance of years…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA Today, as the Duterte government has decided to “tone down” the celebration of what was once a glorious part of contemporary Philippine history, I am reprinting an essay which I wrote in 2009, 23 years after the events of February 1986 when we toppled the Marcos…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA Part 3 Shaping culture CULTURE in the political management context, is the personality of the collective. The Deegong is very clear on this promise of “pagbabago,” or change. All incoming administrations have their slogans related to this much-prostituted word. But the Deegong has a proven track…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA Part 2 PRESIDENT Deegong’s breakout from an image of a small-time but effective local city mayor to a national candidate of prominence and onto the presidency was single-handedly defined by the force of his personality. Looking back these past two years from his debut on the…

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LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA Part One IN the light of recent events in the country that have merited glaring headlines, this column, A View from the Center, will attempt at elucidation using as a backdrop the author’s paper on political management while working on a postgraduate course at the Kennedy…

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