I’ve been invited to two events – the Asia Society forum on “FOI” and the PEN Conference on “writing and the crusade against corruption”

Hi guys, I will be a panelist at tomorrow's wide-ranging discussion on the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) law at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in a forum organized by the Asia Society. I said yes to the invite because I will be the lone panelist speaking for professional journalists. I will be talking partly from my own experience digging up information in the bowels of the government bureaucracy.

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Just before dying, Vicente Paterno called dictator Ferdinand Marcos a thief

By Raïssa Robles - Thirty one years after leaving the Marcos government, former senator Vicente Paterno , finally broke his silence about what he really thought of Marcos in a memoir which he personally launched a week before dying peacefully in his sleep. Earlier, just before his November 11 book launching, I was sent a copy of the draft manuscript and I had noted the glaring absence of his personal assessment of Marcos' heinous crimes.

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Did someone from Sandiganbayan remove Vice-President Binay’s cases from its website?

By Raïssa Robles - It's very strange. Ordinarily, case resolutions of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan are easy to load and download from the website. It is one of the things I like about the website. However, no matter how I try - and I've tried it dozens of times on different devices - whenever I try to load Vice-President Jejomar Binay's two case resolutions, this is the message I get on my screen:

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Vicente Paterno’s autobiography minces no words about corruption, GMA etcetera

By Raïssa Robles - Vicente Paterno's autobiography minces no words about corruption, GMA etcetera I am honored to attend the launching of his autobiography tomorrow. And I urge you to read it. His former chief-of-staff Kathy Moran gave me an advanced glimpse of his memoirs published by Anvil.

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Typhoon Haiyan uncovered the Philippines’ secret shame

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By Raïssa Robles - When Jette Po-Major and her medical colleagues went to Samar last year to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan they were stunned by a realization. Most of the residents had never had any medical or dental treatment. "Meeting people who have never seen a doctor in their entire life is something incredible for us," Jette told me then as she narrated her experience in the aftermath of what we locally call Typhoon Yolanda.

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SEC Chair wants power to kill fraudulent firms & jail erring officers

By Raïssa Robles - On the day I gave my testimony before the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee my seat mate during the hearing was a very pleasant but tough-talking lady: Security and Exchange Commissions Chair Teresita Herbosa. During the hearing, we exchanged reactions to what we were hearing from the other "resource persons" who had been summoned like us to testify that day, October 30.

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Binay fan wants his “idol” to explain the building

Exclusive by Raissa Robles - Embattled Vice-President Jejomar Binay may want to seriously rethink his position that he has nothing to explain. That all allegations of corruption and overpricing swirling around the 11 storey Makati city hall parking building are just “politically motivated attacks.” If cab driver Robin Visin is any gauge, Binay's so-called solid base may be showing some cracks.

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President Aquino’s dead mom, President Cory, may yet save her son from jail over DAP

And why there are grounds for Supreme Court to review its decision on DAP - Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Could the Supreme Court be wrong? Are President Benigno Aquino’s actions about the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) constitutional after all? I ask these questions because I’m looking over something Aquino’s mother, President Cory, signed in 1987.

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