Things got even more interesting. Bayan Muna Congressman Neri Colmentares is standing his ground that Section 10 of the draft People's Initiative law is constitutional. Earlier, I wrote a piece asking - Is the draft law being pushed through a People’s Initiative unconstitutional? Former Congressman Teddy Casino posted the following on his blog: In the interest of clarifying concerns regarding the constitutionality of the proposed PI bill abolishing the pork barrel system, I’m posting Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares’ memo on the controversial Section 10 of the said bill.
Analysis by Raïssa Robles -- Is the Scrap Pork Network behind the People's Initiative promising something that might get shot down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional in the end? Something even Congress can easily overturn? Why didn't any official in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines see the potential constitutional defects and suggest amendments to the draft law entitled "An Act abolishing the presidential and congressional pork barrel system, strengthening the system of checks and balances over public funds, prohibiting certain acts, and providing penalties therefore?"
Exclusive (w/photos) by Raïssa Robles -- Thirty-one years ago on August 31, millions of Filipinos formed a funeral cortege that stretched miles and miles across the nation's capital to bury a man who had come home, foolishly thinking he could convince an aging dictator to loosen his grip on power. That man, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., was treacherously shot dead as he was led down a flight of stairs from the aircraft he had arrived in. His feet never even touched the ground. Ninoy's murder in a tightly secured area while surrounded by soldiers ironically had a strange effect on the Filipino psyche. It freed many Filipinos from the constant fear of living under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
PANGULONG BENIGNO AQUINO III, REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS: Nuong kayo po ay tumakbo bilang pangulo ng ating bansa, kayo po ay aking hindi ibinoto sa paniniwalang mas may nakakahigit sa inyo na magsusulong ng mabuting pagbabago sa ating bansa subalit ako ay nagpapasalamat dahil ako ay nagkamali sa aking paniniwala sa inyo.
And the First Lady factor - Commentary by Raïssa Robles - How are we to respond to President Benigno Aquino coyly hinting he's open to a (currently unconstitutional) second term? Why, with a smile and a “No, thank you.” Let’s have political succession. Not an amendment to the 1987 Constitution. Before I explain why, let me share with you my conversation yesterday with Mel Sta. Maria, Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law who scooped us all in the media with his interview with PNoy.
Exclusive Part 2 of 2 By Raïssa Robles - With one stroke of the pen, she empowered half of the country’s population. Nowadays we think nothing - or nothing much -- of unmarried couples who openly live together; of wives who have their own bank accounts or who separate from husbands due to their abuse or philandering. Yet a mere 28 years ago, none of this was legally possible.
If I want to know the real score – stripped of troublesome thoughts like morality or ethics – I turn to political operators to give me the low-down on political events. They never fail to surprise or give fresh, candid takes on what ordinary people view as downright scandalous. It is for this reason that my hubby Alan turned to one such political operator. Here is his story:
By Raissa Robles - President Corazon Aquino was an “ordinary housewife” who was constantly attacked - literally - by military rebels. She stood up to them and saw them off. Would her critics have been as tough? What would the country be like if President Cory had given up because of any of the coups that took place from 1986 to 1989? To begin with there’s a strong likelihood Juan Ponce Enrile would have replaced her as leader of a military-civilian junta. The country would have hurtled toward a dark, uncertain future of intermittent coups and counter-coups. Enrile himself indicated as much in the memoirs he published in 2012. But more on that later.
Analysis by Raïssa Robles - In the wake of President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), various groups have made their voices heard about what they want from the president in his last two years in office. They’re all united in one thing: They want the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) passed. Big business wants it, the moderate Left wants it. So does the extreme Left.