By Raissa Robles - When I watched the coffins of the slain police commandos at the airport today, I felt very, very sad and pained that the Mindanao wars which started nearly half a century ago continues to this day. I also realized by looking at the feeds on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter that those living outside Mindanao had little grasp of the violent history that has engulfed the island of Mindanao. The shocking sight of 44 dead bodies in neat rows today was probably one of the rare times that people in Manila have witnessed the deadly consequences of the Mindanao wars.
Just my opinion By Raïssa Robles I had not expected this. I thought few would be interested in reading about the Marcoses at a time when the Binays are the hot topic. To all those who shared and read my piece, I would like to thank them all. One thing the Internet has done for writers is to give us almost instant reader feedback. Until I started this blog, I had been used to writing in isolation. But as I said, I wasn't expecting that many people to read it. I thought it would be treated as just a period piece to mark a dark anniversary.
Out of the blue, Fe Zamora texted me last Sunday. Philippine Daily Inquirer editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc wanted me to write a piece on the Marcoses. Could I make the tight deadline? Sure, I said. Because it was a chance to share with the non-digital audience my research and interviews on the Marcos era. The result was a 2,487-word piece that appeared today in the newspaper edition and on the Inquirer website.
Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Sometime in 1989, the late Betty Go-Belmonte handed me a cassette tape and told me - "see what you can do with this." It contained a piece of country music on "Imelda's Shoes" by the rising comedy duo James "Sandy" Pinkard and Richard Bowden.
With more and more registered voters having no memory of the REAL Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippines may yet see another Marcos occupying Malacañang Palace in two years' time.
The state dinner for POTUS was delicious. The guest list was something else. It was so weird that my hubby Alan just had to write it for South China Morning Post. Here is his story: Guess who came to dinner: Obama's Philippines reception featured a colourful cast - By Alan Robles
I was invited by the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center to deliver a speech on the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. I will deconstruct why he is loved to this day. Or seems to be loved to this day.
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 […]
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 […]