Authoritarian Attitudes: Opinion piece on Rodrigo Duterte

Journalist and @hotmanila webmaster Alan Robles wrote this Opinion piece for the German Development and Cooperation magazine, D+C. It was published online today. Authoritarian Attitudes Chains coming? By Alan C. Robles - Rodrigo Duterte, the president-elect of the Philippines, loves to swear and threaten to kill people. The populist looks set to become a dictator.

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Apologies for the delay in getting our book to National Book Store outlets

By Raïssa Robles - Due to circumstances beyond our control, our book will only be available in National Book Store this Friday. National told me today they were unable to bring our books over to select Metro Manila branches. National has assured me, though, that by Friday the books will be in some of their branches. They will be sending me which are these branches as soon as the books actually arrive in their outlets.

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Starting tomorrow, National Book Store will carry our book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again

By Raïssa Robles - Good news, guys. National Bookstore has informed me that tomorrow afternoon, the Student edition of our book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again will be available in their Metro Manila outlets. The books will appear in the store’s key branches nationwide by next week.

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Copies of my book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, are flying off the shelves

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Raïssa Robles - When I went today to Popular Book Store to deliver books they had earlier asked for, a mother and her daughter were there buying my book. Please correct me if I'm wrong. My head was a bit wooly since I just finished a deadline. But I think the mom's name was Beng Ignacio. She asked me to autograph the book for her children.

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Mayor Duterte, please disclose what you told Chinese officials about the South China Sea

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Exclusive by Raïssa Robles This evening, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte practically accused President Benigno Aquino III and Senator Antonio Trillanes of selling out to China. He vowed to investigate the role played by both officials in the loss of Scarborough Shoal to China. What Duterte hasn't told his supporters, though - including his new-found senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan - is that in early October 2015, Duterte was visited by the newly-appointed Chinese Consul General Song Ronghua plus four other Chinese officials from the Cebu consulate.

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Senator Bongbong Marcos told me today he got my book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again

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Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Today at lunch, I had Bongbong Marcos, that is, I listened to him as the guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Manila. I went to Manila Polo Club where the Rotary Club of Manila now meets, precisely to ask Senator Marcos some questions. I prefaced my questions to him by reminding him that he had long been saying - "let history the judge" of his father's rule.

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Bongbong Marcos drastically downsizes his Miting de Avance

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Transfers it from the Grandstand to a road beside a mall - By Raïssa Robles - Two weeks ago, vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos announced his Miting de Avance would be held at the Quirino Grandstand. The announcement was made in a meme showing a triumphant looking Bongbong with text bragging that "after almost 4 decades of silence", the plunderer's son was inviting everyone to his coming out bash.

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Why I believe Rodrigo Duterte is copying Marcos’ moves to set up a dictatorship

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By Raïssa Robles - (I gave this brief speech when I was a discussant in Friday's University of the Philippines forum, “Never Again, Never Forget: Martial Law, the Academe, and the Public”. Being neither a UP professor nor a state employee who is banned from expressing political opinion, I felt I was free to point out an unfolding political phenomenon that seemed to closely mimic what the Dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, did in 1972. I am referring to presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. My deep thanks to the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Department of History for inviting me to be part of their historic two-day Forum.)

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