JPE, Sirico, JPII

In my column today, I referenced the following, among others:

Juan Ponce Enrile, or Manong Johnny to his fellow senators, is in my view the indispensable Filipino politician of the late 20th century. That is to say, Filipino politics from the 1970s on would not make sense without a reference to him. He was interviewed by PCIJ on the 20th anniversary of Edsa I (note that his own website leads off his biography by noting “his EDSA led revolt”).

During those fateful days at Edsa I, he told the world about the cheating that had been perpetrated in his region to ensure Marcos’s victory.

Fr. Robert Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in 1990. The center is named after the famous Lord Acton (famous in the Philippines during the martial law years for his one-line distillation of political science: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”), a truly remarkable man. (Freedom is “having the right to do what we ought.”)

Fr. Sirico’s visit was co-sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in the Philippines, the German stiftung’s busy outpost in this part of the world.

A trailer of the hour-long documentary, “The Call of the Entrepreneur,” can be found here.

Pope John Paul II’s extraordinary encyclical, Centesimus Annus, shows the way forward after the collapse of communism in Europe.

An Acton Institute newsletter from a decade ago contains George Weigel’s initial meditation on the meaning of the encyclical.

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  1. If I were to write Johnny Enrile’s unauthorized biography I would have this as the title “JPE, Bypassed By History”.

    Except for on brief shining moment in history(when the people rescued him in EDSA),JPE has always been on the wrong track. Maybe this is really his destiny .

    He could have been President after Cory. But NO, he wanted all the power right away with the help of D’Gringo and the ramboys band.

    Can you imagine the despair of Johnny when his Eddie, long-time subordinate, instead of him, became the President?

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