CPP’s Joma Sison calls “greedy” China’s sea claims “foolish” and “false”


He also offers government a truce by year-end - By Raïssa Robles - When I interviewed Jose Maria Sison in Utrecht recently, I decided to ask him about his thoughts on present day China and its ownership claim of the South China Sea.

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Watching people now watching the #PacquiaoMayweather fight – the Flight of the Century?


Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - I have a confession to make. I have never watched any of the fights of Manny Pacquiao, although I consider him a great boxer. And I've seen clips of his fight. I can't bear watching a blood sport, I guess. The frenzy, the excitement and the violence transports me back to the Roman times of the gladiators. Which is why the place where they are fighting now is so aptly named - the Arena.

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National Police Commission official asks netizens to do a very dangerous thing


By Raïssa Robles Today I heard National Police Commission vice chairman Eduardo Escueta ask netizens to please snap photos of ongoing crimes or suspicious activities and post these on the Internet. This was after the photo below was posted online and went "viral". It resulted in the arrest of two cops whom Napolcom suspected to be among the nine policemen behind the highway robbery that a stranger happened to snap. Now the Napolcom - the police force' disciplinary agency - wants netizens to help fight crime. This is very dangerous...

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Manila’s Murderous, Mysterious Bus Companies

Killer buses like those of Don Mariano Transit have terrorized Metro Manilans for years, yet government seems to be helpless. How many people must a bus company kill before its franchise is revoked?

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Why President Aquino can’t declare Martial Law in Tacloban

Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles Forget Martial Law. But President Benigno Aquino may be able to declare a “state of emergency”. I will explain that at the end of this piece. UPDATE: 12:36 pm of Monday, Noevember 11, 2013 A state of emergency has just been declared and a curfew imposed in Tacloban City. Aquino will not declare Martial […]

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How a 7.2 magnitude quake could affect your homes & the buildings of Metro Manila

And what you can do about it Exclusive by Raïssa Robles Tens of thousands dead, buildings and homes toppled, a mega-city in ruins. You’ve probably heard and read this description of Metro Manila if it were hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake generated by the West Valley Fault. What you haven’t read are the specifics, which for some reason the […]

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Eulogy for Ninoy

Please allow me this opportunity to share with my fellow CPMers this memorial in connection with the 30th anniversary of  Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino’s assassination. Please bear with me. Maraming salamat po. By Tomas Gomez III, a family friend [Note….this was first delivered during a Memorial Mass on the eve of Ninoy’s 53rd birthday on November 26, 1985 at the Newman […]

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