“In Thailand, instability is a kind of stability” – senior Asian journalist

By Raissa Robles TOKYO – Today I learned a lot while attending a journalists’ conference on regional security in Tokyo sponsored by The Japan Institute of International Affairs. Since the conference was governed by a somewhate revised version of Chatham House rules – which in journo speak simply means – you can quote but no name attribution unless you were […]

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The legislative history of amendments to the Intellectual Property Code (RA 8293)

Below is the history of how amendments to Republic Act 8293 became law in the 15th Congress. And who supported it. This is another law that has been over 10 years in the making. I am now writing Part 2 and am being guided by your questions and  comments. Thanks.   Intellectual property amendments legislative history from raissarobles

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Dear US bloggers: Remember how Sen. Sotto challenged you to sue him for plagiarism? Here’s how…


Exclusive By Raïssa Robles “She can sue me.” If you recall, this is what Senator Vicente Sotto III said after it emerged that he might have plagiarized a US blogger in a speech he made before the Senate. Sotto first publicly issued this challenge to blogger Sarah Pope after his chief-of-staff Hector Villanueva had gotten in touch with Pope in […]

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Imagine a world without Filipinos

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  A Saudi national wrote this fascinating tribute to Filipino workers three years ago in Arab News, a Saudi newspaper.  It puts a different perspective to the issue of Saudization – or the replacement of foreigners with its own work force. As well as to the issue of abuse of  foreign domestic workers. While there are abusive employers, there are […]

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Saudis consider maids as part of their furniture, a labor official once told me

Indonesian maid Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, had stab wounds, burns to her scalp and broken bones 

by Raïssa Robles This was what Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose Brillantes told me when he was still a Department  of Labor and Employment undersecretary. He said this to explain why many Saudi employers treat Filipino domestic workers inhumanely and abusively, such as kicking, punching or branding them with a hot iron if they make mistakes or take daily baths; or […]

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Juanita’s heroic death in Hong Kong

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By Raïssa Robles Today, a Filipina who threw herself in front of a bus in Hong Kong to shield a boy she was bringing to school was laid to rest in the Philippines. Citing eyewitnesses, the Hong Kong police said the woman, identified as Juanita Agustin Limbago, 31, had seen the bus bearing down on them as they crossed a […]

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About time PH gov’t protects Filipino domestics in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

By Raïssa Robles PNoy’s government has just rejected a Saudi government appeal to cut the Filipino maids’ minimum wage back to US$200 from the current US$400, as well as waive other requirements, an Associated Press report said. The issue has been a major irritant in our bilateral relations. But I’m glad the Philippine government is standing pat. Because US$200 is […]

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