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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The Mayor and the Elephant

In today’s issue of South China Morning Post, my hubby Alan writes about the unusual problem facing former president-turn-mayor Joseph Estrada: Mayor Estrada wrestles with jumbo problem Saturday, 10 August, 2013, 12:00am News› Asia  PHILIPPINES Alan Robles in Manila Manila’s new mayor and former president Joseph Estrada faces a host of issues: traffic, garbage, urban decay, lack of funds. And […]

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Commuters suffer

Mobility  by Alan C. Robles If only somebody could arrange for famed boxer Manny Pacquiao to fight a world championship bout everyday. Or if only Good Friday could be made to happen every week. Then Metro Manila’s traffic problems would be solved, with streets empty because people would either be indoors watching the fight, or out of town on holiday. […]

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What famous pianist Cecile Licad likes most about Manila

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles It was the chance of a lifetime: An ambush interview of world-famous pianist Cecile Licad. It came about unexpectedly. I rarely get to watch at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and so when my friend, writer Gemma Corotan-Kolb, phoned out of the blue saying she had an extra ticket for a Cecile Licad concert and […]

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Let’s start making mayors & governors accountable for crime in their areas

CRIME-LOGO

By Raïssa Robles Early this morning, five young men ages 20 to 23 were walking on a bridge when gunmen on two motorbikes shot them dead. The morning news shows on TV and radio quickly phoned senior police officers for updates. NO ONE called the mayors of Makati City and Pasay City to press them for their comment, since the […]

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Did you know UST has HUGE drainage pipes running alongside it?

And here’s why we should nag mayors about flooding Exclusive by Raïssa Robles There are HUGE pipes that run under España Street. The pipes are big enough for people to walk through, standing upright. They were installed in the 1970s and are meant to drain off rainwater from the streets above . Yet everytime it rains heavily and water cascades […]

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