I’m posting my entire interview with VP Binay so his spokesman can listen and defend him better

By Raïssa Robles - Over two weeks ago when I posted my piece entitled Binay told me in 2010 he had bought – not leased – the land for his piggery, Vice President Jejomar Binay and/or his political advisers chose to ignore it. However, some eagled-eyed Senate officials apparently saw it, which is the only reason I can give for why they subpoenaed me to explain the story to the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on October 30.

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Grilling the President of the Republic of the Philippines

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Here is the full video of the Question and Answer portion of President Benigno Aquino's forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP). FOCAP would welcome a similar forum with Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

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President Aquino told me he’s prepared to go to jail if “we’re back to an unjust judicial system” after his term

PNoy also answered questions about his meeting with Vice President Jejomar Binay and about Facebook This portion of the transcript of President Benigno Aquino's forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines was kindly provided to me by Rey Marfil, the presidential assistant secretary for media relations. I'm still rushing my South China Morning Post article for today so I can't write in detail right now. but I'm sure you all would like to read the raw this portion of the raw transcript. - Raissa

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President Aquino told me what took place was the reverse of what the Binay camp told media

Dear fellow members of Cyber Plaza Miranda, I am right now rushing my articles for today's deadline with South China Morning Post. So please forgive me if I can't update lengthilyright now. During this morning's Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines forum with President Benigno Aquino among the questions I was able to ask him was the following:

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President Benigno Aquino III agrees to a grilling by the Foreign Correspondents Association

"On Wednesday, the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines will be hosting the President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III," FOCAP president Manuel Mogato reminded us members today.

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Comparing VP Binay’s accomplishments in Makati to Jesse Robredo’s record in Naga City

Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - Vice-President Jejomar Binay promises that if he becomes president, he will do for the whole country what he did for Makati. This promise has tantalized many poor Filipinos. But what exactly does that mean? In June 2010, I examined in my previous blog site Binay's achievements in Makati because he was pressing President Benigno Aquino Jr. to appoint him Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) instead of then Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo. This is an update of that post. I've added paragraphs based on my interview with Binay weeks after the piece came out. [NOTE: My blog - with the same name but with a different design - where the original piece was posted crashed because of a malicious virus. ] To understand Binay's brand of governance, I compared and contrasted it to that of another politician - the late mayor of Naga City Jesse Robredo.

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How was VP Binay able to buy three properties even as a young and poor law student?

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Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - Jejomar Binay credits his good fortune to what my satirist hubby Alan refers to as the Vice-President’s “days of swine and roses.” And Alan is right. Binay’s lawyer Princess Turgano recently explained that it was the Binay family’s piggery and flower businesses that enabled the couple to earn an additional net income of P44.35 million from 1994 to 2010. But what I want to know is: How was VP Binay – orphaned as a boy – able to buy two properties at the age of 22 and a third property at the age of 23 -- while still studying law at the University of the Philippines College of Law?

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