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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Embarrassment of riches

I’d like to share with you all  my work as a foreign correspondent. Some commenters have asked me why I’m posting only now an article on Senator Loren Legarda’s two SALNs. It’s because my blog is not my main work. South China Morning Post is my main work. This article, published yesterday on Sunday Morning Post magazine,  sheds light on […]

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Is this how Marcos’ top generals Ver and Ramos looked dancing the hula?

By Raissa Robles I wondered how the dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ top two generals must have looked dancing the hula. This is what my hubby Alan came up with, minus the red lipstick and the high heels that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had detailed in his memoir. Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!   Senator Bongbong Marcos has […]

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So you want to build a dynasty

And will someone please tell the Filipino people: How many times did Marcos’ top generals  dance in drag?  But first things first, if you are itching to build your very own political dynasty, take the test below and see if you have the aptitude for it. My hubby Alan proudly made the test, inspired by the best practices of current […]

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Wikileaks releases a feast for Filipinos and the whole wide world


Series of cables confirm Malaysia’s meddling in the 1970s Mindanao wars  By Raïssa Robles The whistleblower site Wikileaks released barely an hour ago a veritable feast for Filipinos and all of mankind. These are over two million diplomatic cables and “Kissinger cables” going all the way back to 1966 and to the present. Just click on this link and you […]

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Martial Law in brief – just kidding

In celebration of the People Power anniversary, which many people seem to have swept aside because of the standoff in Sabah, my hubby Alan wrote the following humor column. It’s nostalgic for him in a way because he began writing humor columns during the dark days of Martial Law, when laughing about the dictatorship was the only way to ease […]

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Senator Bongbong Marcos confirmed he had a direct hand in trying to withdraw US$213M from a Swiss bank in 1986


My exclusive interview with Sen. Bongbong Marcos By Raïssa Robles One remark you might hear from supporters of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.  is that we shouldn’t blame the son for the sins of the father. Even Satur Ocampo said something to this effect when he defended his decision to run alongside the dictator’s offspring in 2010. “We are not collecting […]

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Why VP Jojo Binay is backing Pres. Aquino in GMA’s poll fraud case


  By Raïssa Robles Some were surprised to see Vice-President Jejomar Binay on the same side of the political fence as President Benigno Aquino III in trying to prosecute ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for electoral sabotage. Has Binay forgotten that just a month ago, Aquino embarrassed him publicly by announcing his rejection of Binay’s recommendation to bury Marcos with military honors […]

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