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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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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“Airlines are like (sexy) toys for the big boys”- PAL president Jaime Bautista

PAL airplane model

  By Raïssa Robles Those businessmen, Filipino contract workers and other passengers who are angry due to canceled flights of Philippine Airlines should keep this in mind – that what they deem essential is only a rich man’s plaything. I would not have believed I heard this from the mouth of PAL president Jaime Bautista himself if I had not […]

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Sacked PAL employees to be hired by 2 possibly ‘dummy’ companies?

PAL - Manny Osmena

  Why I believe the real intent is to bust the union By Raïssa Robles   Billionaire Lucio Tan has sacked 2,600 Philippine Airline (PAL) employees so most of them can be rehired by two companies formed by Manuel H. Osmeña, a long-time business partner of his family. Over a decade ago, the same long-time business partner formed an in-flight catering […]

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Is PAL unfairly blaming strikers for its massive, planned flight cuts?

PAL logo

  Maybe angry airline passengers should read PAL’s September 24 press release arbitrarily cutting flights   By Raïssa Robles A commenter to my blog named Mikko pointed out a very interesting item on the Philippine Airlines website to me. It turns out that PAL posted there a press release dated September 24, 2011 entitled “PAL reduces flights ahead of spin […]

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Crippling of Philippine Airlines (PAL) operations by protest belies its claim

PAL logo

  By Raïssa Robles I can’t help but notice that a sit-down protest held by PAL’s ground employees yesterday totally paralyzed company operations and caused 14,000 passengers to miss their flights. Didn’t PAL keep saying – to justify the sacking of several thousand employees – that what they were out-sourcing were “non-core” activities? “Non-core” would mean that these activities are […]

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Make smoking uncool: put yucky “cancer” photos on cigarette boxes

In Singapore, this is how a Marlboro cigarete box looks ilke - PHOTO by Raissa Robles

By Raïssa Robles Yawn. The toothless MMDA(Metro Manila Development Authority) has warned it would start arresting people who smoke in public areas. Big deal. This will just turn into another money-making racket for MMDA but will not drastically reduce the number of smokers in the country. What the government has to do is to make smoking uncool by displaying photos […]

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Lucio Tan is part of our corrupt ecosystem, Romulo Neri told Whistle-blower Jun Lozada

Romulo Neri names Lucio Tan in web of corruption

  By Raïssa Robles   What’s happening now with Philippine Airlines (PAL) is not mere labor trouble. It is actually part of a political power struggle between the Aquino presidency and an entrenched kingmaker, whom the former economic planning agency chief once named as a key player in the Philippines’ corrupt ecosystem. The nation’s other power players are closely watching […]

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