Frank off-the-record words from the US envoy in Manila to the foreign media

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By Raïssa Robles - Now that it's officially summer, what better time to revive “Halo-Halo”, my gossip column about everything and anything. First off, the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) had an unexpected invitation from US Ambassador Philip Goldberg to see him and his embassy staff for cocktails last Thursday. I must say, I did not expect Goldberg to place everything off-the-record. I guess I had been spoiled by previous invites from the ambassadors of France and even from China before (notably Ambassador Liu Jianchiao) who has long been transferred to Indonesia.

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Someone claims I’m on Vice President Binay’s payroll – LOL 

By Raïssa Robles - The following, so-called “White Paper” on media pay-offs is is being spread around via e-mail to media men. A reporter passed it on to me because my name was on it. Whoever made up this White Paper must be: a) old b) digitally-challenged c) out of touch with this century

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View today’s political mud-throwing in the context of the 2016 presidential elections

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by Raïssa Robles - Are you confused and even afraid of what's happening in Philippine politics right now? Well, think of it as political spring-cleaning. As if someone upended a drawer full of stuff and Filipinos are in the process of looking through, deciding what to throw, or keep and whatnot. Love it or hate it, President Benigno Aquino changed the rules of the political game. At no other time in our country’s history do you find so many top officials detained and undergoing trial for corruption. At the latest count, we have one president-turned-congresswoman, one ex-presidential spouse, three senators, one retired national police chief, one former Supreme Court chief Justice, one governor, and at least two congressmen, all undergoing trial for corruption.

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Clooney case for GMA could backfire, says New York-based human rights lawyer

By Raïssa Robles - The unprecedented case filed by Amal Clooney for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo could backfire on the detained ex-President, according to the director of the Reparative Justice Programme of the International Centre for Transitional Justice in New York.

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Impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona to demand resignation of President Aquino

By Raïssa Robles - Things just got more interesting. I just received word that the impeached former Chief Justice Renato Corona is now at Club Filipino "to demand the immediate resignation/removal of President (Benigno) Aquino for the mamasapano carnage and other urgent issues."

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Accused “barter queen” and anti-land reform advocate want PNoy to resign?

Just my opinon By Raïssa Robles - - It puzzles me no end how the Cojuangco couple could possibly be leaders of reform. One of them bitterly fought a landmark legislation that would have benefited thousands of poor landless farmers. The other sued a journalist for a story alleging the use of political influence for personal gain. I am referring to the power couple Margarita "Tingting" Cojuangco and her husband Jose "Peping" Cojuangco. Both played key roles in putting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacañang Palace through the paper political party Kampi. And both were rewarded for it with government positions.

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Binay: the new Noli de Castro?

Analysis by Raissa Robles - The latest survey results have yet to come in, but one thing seems clear: if President Benigno Aquino III were to be unseated from office, people do not want him replaced by his rightful constitutional successor - Vice President Jejomar Binay. It is the reason, I believe, that efforts to unseat the president have not gotten off the ground. Even people furious at Aquino for what they think is his thorough mishandling of the Mamasapano tragedy pause when they consider who’ll step up should Aquino step down. The ongoing Senate investigation into Binay’s alleged corruption have provided months of jaw-dropping TV revelations to the public, and have planted an idea, fair or not, what a Binay presidency might be like.

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Dear @Yvonne, don’t go

And that goes for other members of Cyber Plaza Miranda As we race through the last two minutes of President Benigno Aquino's term things are really getting heated up. And that goes the same for the discussions on this blog :) This morning, @Parekoy and @Yvonne posted an exchange which seemed to indicate that Yvonne was saying goodbye to Cyber Plaza Miranda forever. Dear Yvonne, I would be very sad to see you go.

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Marwan’s e-mails show his closeness to MILF Commander Tundok

But why gov't needs to deal with MILF - Commentary By Raïssa Robles - E-mails between the slain bomber Zulkifli Abdhir, alias Marwan, and his brother Rahmat Abdhir bare a brisk trade in weaponry in the south, even between rebels and soldiers.

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