Exclusive by Raïssa Robles This evening, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte practically accused President Benigno Aquino III and Senator Antonio Trillanes of selling out to China. He vowed to investigate the role played by both officials in the loss of Scarborough Shoal to China. What Duterte hasn't told his supporters, though - including his new-found senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan - is that in early October 2015, Duterte was visited by the newly-appointed Chinese Consul General Song Ronghua plus four other Chinese officials from the Cebu consulate.
Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Today at lunch, I had Bongbong Marcos, that is, I listened to him as the guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Manila. I went to Manila Polo Club where the Rotary Club of Manila now meets, precisely to ask Senator Marcos some questions. I prefaced my questions to him by reminding him that he had long been saying - "let history the judge" of his father's rule.
Transfers it from the Grandstand to a road beside a mall - By Raïssa Robles - Two weeks ago, vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos announced his Miting de Avance would be held at the Quirino Grandstand. The announcement was made in a meme showing a triumphant looking Bongbong with text bragging that "after almost 4 decades of silence", the plunderer's son was inviting everyone to his coming out bash.
By Raïssa Robles - (I gave this brief speech when I was a discussant in Friday's University of the Philippines forum, “Never Again, Never Forget: Martial Law, the Academe, and the Public”. Being neither a UP professor nor a state employee who is banned from expressing political opinion, I felt I was free to point out an unfolding political phenomenon that seemed to closely mimic what the Dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, did in 1972. I am referring to presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. My deep thanks to the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Department of History for inviting me to be part of their historic two-day Forum.)
When the Student Edition is launched at the Philippine PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) meet - By Raissa Robles - The Student Edition of my book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again is now out and can be bought at La Solidaridad in Padre Faura, Manila and, starting Monday, at the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center. This is at the basement of Palma Hall (just ask the guard for directions).
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
By Raïssa Robles - Many, many online sites have been put up by political spin doctors in order to smear rival candidates. Which is one reason why I am very careful not to immediately believe short video clips posted as proof of wrongdoing. I have made it a rule for myself to see the entire video clip first before making a conclusion. In fact, that is what I did with the Rodrigo Duterte video clips on his "rape" story.
What can you do to help fishermen like me who want to fish near Scarborough Shoal? Duterte says he will go and confront the Chinese Coast Guard himself. Otherwise, if he sends soldiers, that will be a massacre. Roxas – There are two aspects to your problem. One the local the other international – cash for work, help in 4Ps. The […]
By Raïssa Robles - It says, "Come one, Come all". I wonder if the anti-Marcos protesters are welcome at the Quirino Grandstand on May 5, 2016.
By Raïssa Robles - A recent report claims that vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo was said to have bought a P700,000 bed from a shop in Shangri-la Mall. A Frank Judson Safari Bed Frame from the London Bed Company. You can view the report here.