So you want to be the next President of the Republic of the Philippines? Read this first.

True, there are a lot of perks that go with the job - a limousine with back-up security, a 24-7 kitchen, all you can eat, a gym, golf course and mini-hospital right in your backyard. Plus power that seems to attract and make you beautiful or handsome to many men and women. But face it. It's HARD to be President of the Republic of the Philippines.

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The lighter side of ‘Oplans’

Part of any top secret oplan is to name the Oplan. It is not an Oplan if it has no name. Usually, a sexy, macho name. So when the Oplan is finally bared to the public, the operation will have a name worthy of its presumed success. When Special Action Forces chief Getulio Napeñas Jr. started singing out the names of the various Oplans meant to capture two wanted men, my hubby Alan started wondering why the same operation had so many names. And so he asked himself - Just how many oplans are there? - and was inspired to write the following piece:

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Journo’s website HACKED after he posted questions on police commandos’ killings

By Raïssa Robles - Hotmanila, the satirical political website of my hubby Alan has been hacked, ostensibly to deliver this message to President Benigno Aquino III: "We are watching you, Mr. President." The hacking apparently took place after Aquino was severely criticized by netizens for showing up late at the wake of the police commandos yesterday.

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Senators vow to conceal all – political operator

If I want to know the real score – stripped of troublesome thoughts like morality or ethics – I turn to political operators to give me the low-down on political events. They never fail to surprise or give fresh, candid takes on what ordinary people view as downright scandalous. It is for this reason that my hubby Alan turned to one such political operator. Here is his story:

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So you think you know Latin

One of the things that has come out of this debate over the DAP controversy is the resurrection of a dead language called Latin. There was a time in Manila that Latin was de regueur among the youth. If you didn't know any Latin you would not count. Today, only lawyers, doctors and priests have preserved this language that even Italians no longer speak, unless they attend a Messa in Latino in one of those tiny churches in Italy attended by old women. My hubby Alan, who speaks three languages, decided to delve into Latin and he made a surprising discovery. Latin, although long dead and long buried, is still evolving. Especially in the legal field. And so he decided to write about his findings:

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Should the President be impeached over DAP?

Here's what a notable media critic told @hotmanila about the controversy over President Benigno Aquino's economic stimulus program called DAP. Questions and Answers about the DAP controversy Hot Manila - by Alan Robles - Seeking enlightenment on the contentious DAP issue, we enticed renowned and enigmatic media critic Justin Spinboogers, Esq, from his brooding seclusion to give us, with his trademark incisive and trenchant wit, the benefit of his sober and dispassionate insight.

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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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Government may assign teachers to police Internet commenters

Just In – With social media networking sites becoming the primary source of news for most Filipinos, the government is thinking of assigning already overburdened teachers to check comments online. They will not censor content but rather point out mistakes in, for instance,  grammar and spelling. As usual, @hotmanila got the story first. Here is the breaking news: Gov’t mulls […]

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