Historic two-day conference on Martial Law in UP, Diliman starts tomorrow


By Raïssa Robles - Despite the mysterious fire that gutted the rooms of social science professors at the University of the Philippines, a historic conference entitled Never Again, Never Forget: Martial Law, the Academe, and the Public will go on starting tomorrow at the fourth floor of Palma Hall (the old Arts and Sciences building). The conference is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. But slots are limited for the snacks and lunch, so try to sign up at once. In any case, those who are too late can still attend the conference where noted professors on the subject will discuss various aspects of Martial Law. Those interested have to sign up online because

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My book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again now in La Solidaridad book store, Manila

MARTIAL LAW Never Again book

You can also avail of free delivery anywhere in the Philippines reached by courier service - By Raïssa Robles - The iconic La Solidaridad book shop along Padre Faura, Manila, owned by National Artist F. Sionil Jose and his wife, is now carrying my book.

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

BOOK - hot off the press - THUMB

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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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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