By Raïssa Robles - Only a block of cheese, er, Chiz stands between Sen. Bongbong Marcos Jr. and the vice-presidency. Which is why, one political analyst told me, the Marcos family is infuriated at Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero. Who is he anyway? Just the son of Salvador “Sonny” Escudero, a former alalay of their late patriarch, President Ferdinand Marcos.
Before asking this set of questions on the 1983 assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., I asked his president-son about a new Securities and Exchange Commission decision to ban journalists and researchers from using the "reverse search" function of the SEC database. Here is my question, which Aquino said he would still look into.
Ni Raissa Robles - Isinalin sa Pilipino ni Cha Coronel Datu - Magandang umaga. Bago ako magsimula, meron muna akong isang kuwento sa inyo. Dito sa building na ito, una kong nakilala si Imee Marcos. Siya ang gumanap noon na pangunahing aktor sa tagalog na bersyon ng isang dulang may pamagat sa Ingles na "Animal Farm". Si Professor Jonas Sebastian ang direktor. At ako naman ang Stage Manager. Naaalala ko na kinailangang baguhin ni Jonas ang ilang linyang bibigkasin ni Imee sa dulang ito kasi may pagkakahawig ang buod nito sa mga tunay na nangyayari sa ating bansa noong mga panahong iyon. Tungkol kasi ang "Animal Farm" sa isang rebolusyong nadiskaril. Nagkataon naman noon, yun din ang nangyayari sa tinatawag ni Marcos na "Revolution from the Center". Unti-unti na ring nadidiskaril noon.
Can the Marcoses be charged in court using their dad's "anti-fencing" decree? - Analysis by Raïssa Robles - Don't be fooled by what the Marcoses are saying – that Imelda is “disappointed” and Imee is “surprised” that the unico hijo is only running for VP. That's the spin the first family of crime wants the public to believe. That Baby Marcos is not running for the presidency, but the spare tire position underneath.
By Raïssa Robles - Just a quick note. In today's Philippine Daily Inquirer editorial entitled "Instructive picture", my South China Morning Post piece on Senator Bongbong Marcos was mentioned.
Guest blog by Lorraine Marie T. Badoy - I am reprinting this with Lorraine's permission. It is a citizen's reaction to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos showing off her well chiseled body on the cover of a magazine. For a long time now, the Marcoses have crawled back into public affection by getting featured in the lifestyle sections of newspapers and in fashion and leisure magazines. Their beautiful photos hold a deep dark secret that they wish the public will simply forget. This is the message of Imee Marcos' magazine cover.
Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - The human rights lawyer and 2016 presidential candidate Jejomar Binay wants Filipinos to "move on" from crying out against the injustice and atrocities committed by the Marcos dictatorship, because he said, anyway, Marcos is dead. No member of the family - three of whom were also government officials during the dictatorship - has apologized for ANYTHING. Not the abuses. Not the plunder. Nothing. As someone on Facebook said, Anakin has completely gone over to the dark side.
To remember the most famous celebrant this September – Ferdinand Edralin “William Saunders” & "Fred" Marcos – and his declaration of Martial Law, I asked my hubby Alan to whip up some recipes since he's a wizard in the kitchen. Alan obliged and came up with four dishes. I said “more”. And he came up with another one. Here they are: