Bomb threat in Ateneo derails launch of my book on Marcos Martial Law: Never Again

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Because of the bomb threat in Ateneo de Manila University this morning - which locked down the entire campus for the whole day - the university is implementing new security rules which make it difficult, if not impossible to hold the launch of my book there this Thursday, March 31.

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Our new book on Marcos atrocities out this March

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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.

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

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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?

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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

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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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