Why President Aquino’s hint of a second term is raising hell

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And the First Lady factor - Commentary by Raïssa Robles - How are we to respond to President Benigno Aquino coyly hinting he's open to a (currently unconstitutional) second term? Why, with a smile and a “No, thank you.” Let’s have political succession. Not an amendment to the 1987 Constitution. Before I explain why, let me share with you my conversation yesterday with Mel Sta. Maria, Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law who scooped us all in the media with his interview with PNoy.

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What did President Cory Aquino actually accomplish?

Exclusive Part 2 of 2 By Raïssa Robles - With one stroke of the pen, she empowered half of the country’s population. Nowadays we think nothing - or nothing much -- of unmarried couples who openly live together; of wives who have their own bank accounts or who separate from husbands due to their abuse or philandering. Yet a mere 28 years ago, none of this was legally possible.

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Senators vow to conceal all – political operator

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If I want to know the real score – stripped of troublesome thoughts like morality or ethics – I turn to political operators to give me the low-down on political events. They never fail to surprise or give fresh, candid takes on what ordinary people view as downright scandalous. It is for this reason that my hubby Alan turned to one such political operator. Here is his story:

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What did President Cory Aquino actually accomplish?

By Raissa Robles - President Corazon Aquino was an “ordinary housewife” who was constantly attacked - literally - by military rebels. She stood up to them and saw them off. Would her critics have been as tough? What would the country be like if President Cory had given up because of any of the coups that took place from 1986 to 1989? To begin with there’s a strong likelihood Juan Ponce Enrile would have replaced her as leader of a military-civilian junta. The country would have hurtled toward a dark, uncertain future of intermittent coups and counter-coups. Enrile himself indicated as much in the memoirs he published in 2012. But more on that later.

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Pass the Freedom of Information Act – the Right, the Left and Center all urge President Aquino

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Analysis by Raïssa Robles - In the wake of President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), various groups have made their voices heard about what they want from the president in his last two years in office. They’re all united in one thing: They want the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) passed. Big business wants it, the moderate Left wants it. So does the extreme Left.

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A cock-eyed guide to today’s SONA

It's a hot-air balloon. No, it's a -- senator. Today is the day that lawmakers and all those who matter in the Philippine government dress to the nines. And Senator Nancy Binay is no exception. On this momentous day, she has apparently taken something out-of-the-ordinary as her clothing inspiration:

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Is Janet Lim Napoles framing Budget Secretary Butch Abad?

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Analysis by Raïssa Robles I am inviting everyone to closely look at the set of accusations that has given legs to the perception that Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad is corrupt; that he tutored Janet Lim Napoles in the pork barrel scam. And that he is the pork scam mastermind. All of these grew out of one thing: A statement - in the shape of two affidavits - by accused scamster Janet Lim Napoles. It is this same statement that makes people believe that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) - implemented by Abad - is also heavily tainted with corruption.

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So you think you know Latin

One of the things that has come out of this debate over the DAP controversy is the resurrection of a dead language called Latin. There was a time in Manila that Latin was de regueur among the youth. If you didn't know any Latin you would not count. Today, only lawyers, doctors and priests have preserved this language that even Italians no longer speak, unless they attend a Messa in Latino in one of those tiny churches in Italy attended by old women. My hubby Alan, who speaks three languages, decided to delve into Latin and he made a surprising discovery. Latin, although long dead and long buried, is still evolving. Especially in the legal field. And so he decided to write about his findings:

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