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 […]
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 […]
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 […]