“Wipe them all out” clamor should await an independent probe on Maguindanao bloodbath

Just my opinion By Raïssa Robles At least 50 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Forces and eight Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters, were killed in a clash that nobody wants to detail. The clash took place way before dawn on Monday January 26 (although some say Saturday) and went on for hours - some news reports say for 11 hours. Did President Benigno Aquino know of the commando operation that went horribly wrong and resulted in dozens of needless deaths? The commandos were US-trained, had night vision goggles and heavy weapons.

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Our Constitution provides genuine Muslim autonomy but Congress restricted it

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles The Constitution has long been used as a reason for not granting Muslims widespread powers. During the administration of Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos, government peace negotiators told Muslim rebels that the charter would have to be amended for their wishes to be granted. And then they would add that it was next to impossible to […]

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What would an ‘All-Out War’ in Mindanao cost us?

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  By Raïssa Robles   “The government has captured the hive but the angry bees have escaped and are regrouping to attack.” A Moro National Liberation Front official said right after the fall of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Camp Abubakar following President Joseph Estrada’s  All-Out War in 2000 To get an estimate of the costs, let’s look at the […]

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Moro rebel chief negotiator confirms to me Wikileaks cable that assassination was in their dinner talk with US diplomat

Wikilaks - PNOY and Pinol

  My exclusive By Raïssa Robles   Over dinner last year, Muslim rebel negotiators told an American diplomat and two US aid officials that their group had been urged to conduct political assassinations, according to a Wikileaks US embassy from Manila cable. Due to the sensitive nature of the cable, which Wikileaks made public only this month, I decided to […]

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Yesterday, my schedule was INSANE


By Raïssa Robles Sorry, I haven’t been able to blog. I’ve been busy chasing so many deadlines, so many forums, briefings and interviews. A case of information and coverage overload. Yesterday, especially, my schedule was INSANE. I had to get up before dawn to get to Resorts World across NAIA Terminal 3. No, not to gamble in , but to […]

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The day I met the effeminate Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi

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It was a day to remember:   By Raissa Robles Aug 24, 2011 I remember Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as a tall, soft-spoken man with effeminate gestures and tousled hair, urging a room packed with revolutionaries to band together and end America’s world domination. The occasion was the first-ever gathering of leaders from revolutionary groups around the globe at a posh […]

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ daddy messed up Muslim Mindanao big time


Now his son wants to play there, too By Raïssa Robles Starting today Monday, as Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos tries to block a proposal to cancel this year’s Muslim Mindanao polls, it is a good time to remind Filipinos that Muslim Mindanao continues to be in a terrible state mainly because of his father, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.   Marcos […]

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Why postpone ARMM polls and why we in Metro Manila need to support this

By Raïssa Robles The idea of giving Filipino Muslims the right to govern themselves through the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has failed miserably. ARMM is the fruit of the 1996 peace pact with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) The only way to fix ARMM is to postpone elections of its officials this year; conclude the peace negotiations […]

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