By Raïssa Robles - It's now all set. The book launch of Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of torture and atrocity under the New Society is on April 4 Monday afternoon at Balay Kalinaw, otherwise known as Ikeda Hall.
By Raïssa Robles I urge everyone to drop by the Theater Level in Trinoma Mall (Quezon City) to view nearly 500 incredible photographs snapped by veteran photo journalist Sonny Camarillo.
By Raïssa Robles - My heart is full. But I know the battle has just begun for the hearts and minds of the Filipino people over the kind of future they want. Do they want a dictatorship or a democracy? Do they want to hand over their civil liberties to one man who has promised them a glowing future or do they want to fix the current elite democracy and fight for one that is more just and inclusive. When I was writing this book nearly all of last year, it was a very lonely occupation. But now that it is out of the bag, so to speak, I find myself surprised, amazed and grateful for the wonderful reception from my colleagues in media. I was only able to tell them at such a very short notice that I was soft launching this book on Marcos Martial Law: Never Again. But they came. And those who didn't sent words of support.
I would like to share with you all a digital Christmas card I received from Michael Hasper, the deputy head of mission of the German embassy in Manila. It's a monument in Germany of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal "in winter".
As rumors of an impending destabilization move roiled Manila even amid the Day of Hearts, my hubby consulted our lavandera with strange mystical powers and was inspired to write the following:
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]