I’ve been invited to two events – the Asia Society forum on “FOI” and the PEN Conference on “writing and the crusade against corruption”

Hi guys, I will be a panelist at tomorrow's wide-ranging discussion on the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) law at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in a forum organized by the Asia Society. I said yes to the invite because I will be the lone panelist speaking for professional journalists. I will be talking partly from my own experience digging up information in the bowels of the government bureaucracy.

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Exclusive photos on pork and Imelda Marcos

After I wrote my post yesterday about how there would be a media frenzy to get hold of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's mugshots, my hubby Alan told me he'd already produced the photos. In fact he gave me two sets, which he assures can be used for any and all senators arrested because of the pork barrel scandal.

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Why lawmakers like stem cell therapy

Finally, the truth is out. There are lawmakers who will brave needles and resort to death-defying treatments just to live a little bit longer. Like the newly-resigned Senate President “Manong” Johnny Ponce Enrile who has never been seen with white hair in all his senior citizen years. At the age of 89, he actually looks a quarter of a century […]

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Amended IP Code “disadvantageous” to students, teachers, researchers – says copyright expert-lawyer Ping Peria

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles A few weeks ago, writing about amendments to RA 8293 was farthest from my mind. RA 8293 is a mind-bending law. I was drawn to the story when my hubby Alan told me about a post written by Winthrop Yu on Facebook. Yu, the senior vice-president for advocacies of the Philippine Internet Commerce Society, said: Yu […]

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Reply to Ricardo Blancaflor, Intellectual Property Office Director-General

By Raïssa Robles Yesterday afternoon, reacting to my blog post about the amended RA 8293, IPO director General Ricardo Blancaflor gave an interview to ANC where he addressed some of the points in my article. His office website also published a long “explanation” on the things I brought up. Apparently stung by the story, the IPO has gone into overdrive […]

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Alan’s cock-eyed take on papal polls

Living with a humorist, I’m always prepared to hear the unexpected twist to downright serious topics. Alan was meaning to write about something else for his humor column this week. But when Pope B16 abruptly resigned, Alan simply had to write about this first. And so he did – Imagine a Papal election, Philippine style Hot Manila – by Alan Robles […]

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The ‘Naked’ Truth


Exclusive By Raïssa Robles I received an invitation this morning to watch some naked young men run. It amused me no end. It’s the first time I recall seeing such an invitation extended to foreign news correspondents. The invite said: Hi all, You are invited to witness and cover the UP Alpha Phi Omega Oblation Run tomorrow, Dec. 14, 11:30 […]

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Humor in the impeachment trial


Filipinos always respond to a political crisis the best way they know how – through pointed, sarcastic and devastating humor. Here are some examples of what’s going around the Internet. There do not seem to be any works defending Chief Justice Renato Corona. If there are, let me know. For those whom I neglect to acknowledge here because there was […]

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A Happy Easter to all of us!


Easter this year has particularly been meaningful for me. First, I’m inspired to find Filipinos all over the world who continue to be concerned for their Motherland. It is this discovery that has energized and heartened me,  what my hubby Alan calls “bayanihan in the cyber-age.” I also think many of those gathering around my website are Filipinos who had […]

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