My take on the rage and the fears over this proposed law - By Raïssa Robles - It looks like the Philippine government is about to arrive at a momentous peace settlement and agreement with the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Congress is likely to pass the the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which will put in place a new regional autonomous government with expanded revenue-making powers, a bigger purse and more say in running its own affairs. It’s a major stepping stone on the road to peace in Mindanao, which has been torn by war for decades. The BBL has met bitter opposition from some quarters. Opinion surveys show that many Filipinos are against the BBL. But what’s interesting is that recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys indicate that the opposition seems to be based on ignorant. Those respondents who knew nothing at all about the BBL are the ones most opposed to it. In fact, it seems most of the critics of the BBL have not bothered to read the BBL at all.
Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - On its own, the Catholic Church can greatly help reduce corruption and political dynasties by banning all elected officials from standing as "ninong" or "ninang" in weddings and baptisms of those not related to them up to the second degree. The ban can be lifted the moment the politician leaves office.
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Cyber-bullying was never mentioned in the Cybercrime Prevention Law or Republic Act No. 10175 that the Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional. And yet the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) that Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy released to the media not only adds a new section on cyber-bullying...
But let’s stop to think if we can change our politics By Raïssa Robles The silly season has long begun. I am referring to the period when politicians put up political parties, form coalitions and float names of national candidates. I used to be very much a part of this silly season, rushing around trying to scoop the rest of […]
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles When former President Corazon Aquino died three years ago, a grief-stricken Jesse Robredo wrote in his blog: Bakit nga naman ngayon na muling nababalot sa krisis ang Pilipinas lumisan na siya? Hindi pa tapos ang laban ni Ninoy. Hindi pa tapos ang laban ni Cory. *** Hindi lamang demokrasya bilang isang paraan ng pamamahala, kung hindi […]
“I have decided to challenge death. I do not believe I’m sinning against my creator because in the end, I am not really my own executioner. By my example, I hope I can inspire two others. Like the dominoes, one has to fall to create the chain reaction.” – Ninoy Twenty-nine years ago, one stubborn man did the unexpected. […]
By Raïssa Robles My heart is full. My mind says no. While we all wait, I’d like to share with you two of the articles I have written on Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo. The third one, I have not been able to reconstruct since it went down with my site last year. The two articles will explain why Robredo […]
My exclusive By Raïssa Robles Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay presented an interesting proposition to one of his godsons. Magsaysay had heard that the Spanish owners of Compañía General de Tabacos de Filipinasa or Tabacalera wanted to sell off their remaining asset in Tarlac – the sugar estate Hacienda Luisita which consisted of a sugar mill called the Central Azucarera de […]
By Raïssa Robles I received a death threat minutes after I posted my latest story on Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and her father, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The commentator is named mac miller and he or she said: fuck you ! naninira ka ah ! potang ina mo dapat sayo pinapatay ! kaya pala maraming pinapatay na media […]
By Raïssa Robles Yesterday I received comments from two people who claimed to be “Mayor Rodrigo Duterte” and “sara duterte”. The alleged “Mayor Duterte” was quite foul-mouthed. (See comments to my story Defending daughter Sara, Vice-Mayor Duterte unmasks true face of warlordism.) While the alleged “sara” was quite composed and pointed me to a Sunstar article in answer to […]