Law Dean told me he's willing to petition SC in behalf of these lolos accused of raping minors - Exclusive By Raïssa Robles - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has been granted bail despite the fact that he is accused of a capital crime – plunder - that is supposed to be non-bailable. Enrile's bail has caused an uproar. Harvard law graduate Oscar Franklin Tan wrote a highly provocative column entitled - Would you grant bail if it was not Enrile? Likewise, Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, Dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law, wrote: “I wonder: Had bail been granted a 91-year old farmer charged with a crime punishable by reclusion perpetua, would there have been strenuous objections? So, it seems that the protest is directed not really at the justness of the decision, but because it is Enrile involved. “ I'm not a lawyer, just an observer. So' I'd like to suggest, let's test the premises of both Atty. Tan and Fr. Rannie with actual cases.
I'm posting a comment made by one of us on the bail of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. @canadadry has a right to be heard on this issue. It is what millions of Filipinos fought for in Edsa in 1986. - raissa By canadadry When majority of the Supreme Court Justices reverse a long standing just principle to simply accommodate an influential politician, a democratic nation claiming to have founded on the ideals of justice, equality and fairness for all leaves its existence open to question.
By Raïssa Robles - Just a short note on this matter. There are many parties that would be interested in seeing Senator Grace Poe disqualified from the presidential race. But there is one party that would be very much interested to see her thrown out of the Senate at this time because she allegedly lacks the two-year residency requirement.
By Raïssa Robles - Some people might get the impression that Sen. Serge Osmeña is just shooting his mouth off talking about the various presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Earlier, he had advised Senator Grace Poe to run for VP. Then he said that Congresswoman Leni Robredo could win hands down over Senator Chiz Escudero in the VP race if she was “packaged properly.”
Ito ang sinabi ni Noel Cabangon sa akin sa isang ambush interview habang nagpapahinga siya sa pagkanta sa Conspiracy Bar sa Quezon City. Hindi na nga siya nakakain noong gabing yon dahil sa kakulitan ko. Salamat Noel Cabangon. Raissa
By Raïssa Robles - In the year 2009, two months before the deadline for filing of candidacy for 2010 presidential race, Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero gave me a one-on-one interview. He was then running third in voters' preference surveys. Even then I sensed a certain hesitation on his part to answer questions that began with the phrase - "if you were president" - or - "what would you do if you became president." His ambivalence became more apparent as weeks went by.
By Raïssa Robles - Today, on the sixth death anniversary of Corazon Aquino, I am reposting two pieces I had written for my first blog shortly before and after her death in 2009. The first piece written after her burial is entitled "Noynoy, do the President's shoes fit or are they too big?" At the end of the piece I described the kind of President the nation needs. The second piece written after President Cory Aquino had pulled out Cory Aquino's personal security team even as she lay dying is entitled - "The real security threat to President Arroyo is a grandma." In it I point out the late president's lasting legacy to the nation.
By Raïssa Robles - I am deeply saddened by the news that Ustadz Sharif Zain Jali, the spiritual adviser of Moro National Liberation chief Nur Misuari, died Sunday at the age of 74. I had known him for decades. As a journalist, I try to keep an emotional and social distance from my sources. But somehow, through the years Jali became not just a source to me. From him I learned the gentleness of Muslims and their humanity. He was always open to all my questions about Islam and what was happening in Mindanao.
By Raïssa Robles It was my first time to interview and meet Jose Maria Sison – the nemesis of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos – and the nagging problem of all five presidents since. I wanted to gauge the man. We ended up talking for over nine hours. Below is just a rough sketch of him.